Educating the Next Generation of Human Rights Advocates and Defenders

An Interprofessional Partnership




Human Rights, Social Work Education, Interprofessional Partnership, Social Work & Law, Rights-based practice


Defending human rights requires professionals to be unrelenting in the pursuit of systemic change. It requires the collaboration of varied professions bringing together their expertise to challenge the system of domination that has led to subjugation. Interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPE) is a powerful tool where human rights defenders and advocates from different disciplines can learn from each other and advocate for change. This is an overview of an innovative collaboration between Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Human Rights and Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare (SBUSSW) BSW Program. It will illustrate the way the RFK Human Rights’ human rights education program, Speak Truth To Power (STTP) is being adapted to baccalaureate social work education. Included is the method that the SBUSSW incorporates the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies in a human rights context through the partnership with RFK Human Rights

Author Biographies

Robin Deluca-Acconi, Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare and RFK Human Rights

Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare

Assistant Dean


RFK Human Rights

Lead Educator and Research Scientist

Suzanne L. Velazquez, Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare

Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare

Director of the Undergraduate Program and Clinical Associate Professor

Stephen Rabeno, Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare

Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare

Clinical Assistant Professor

Warren Graham, Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare

Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare

Director of Field Education and Clinical Assistant Professor


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