Students and faculty pose with Elizabeth Heller, Executive Director, Ho-Chunk Human Services (on bench) and Valerie Blackdeer, Director of Social Services (standing, left). Photo by Wehuh Helgesen-Cloud.
Last week, a group of Social Work field students visited the Ho-Chunk Nation in Black River Falls for a day of learning. An annual trip for the Social Work in County Human Service Agencies field unit, the experience is designed to enhance student cultural competence in understanding, appreciating and working with Native American people.
This year, the Social Work Practice in Public and Private Child Welfare II field unit joined the County Human Service Agencies field unit, for a total of 26 students along with field instructors John Borquist, Ami Orlin-Rodland, and director of field education, Sandy Kohn.
Students were warmly welcomed and fed a hearty traditional meal for lunch, after which they toured the Ho-Chunk human services, court and executive facilities, and watched presentations and engaged in discussion with Ho-Chunk people, including Gregory Blackdeer, Ho-Chunk Nation Vice President and the Ho-Chunk Traditional Court members.
One attending student remarked, "It is one thing to read about other cultures and...