Trinity Welcomes North American Christians in Social Work to Campus
Trinity Christian College and the North American Christians in Social Work (NACSW) are pleased to announce a new memorandum of understanding to mark the co-location of NACSW’s corporate headquarters on Trinity’s campus, effective June 1, 2020.
NACSW and Trinity’s Social Work Department have a long history of collaboration and support for one another, with Trinity’s social work faculty serving as frequent presenters at the annual NACSW convention. Beginning in January, Dr. Allison Tan, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Trinity, accepted a position as Director of Programs for NACSW. In this role, Tan has the opportunity to serve as a key point of contact for the oversight of NACSW’s day-to-day activities from Trinity’s campus. This co-location offers Trinity students opportunities for employment, internships, and experiential learning and provides NACSW with institutional support, space, and other invaluable resources.
The leaders of both NACSW and Trinity see the value of this co-location. Trinity’s President Kurt D. Dykstra said, “We are thrilled to welcome NACSW to its new home on Trinity’s campus. Our students and faculty will benefit immeasurably from the close physical proximity to this wonderful organization. I trust, too, that NACSW and its employees will find Trinity a very hospitable and collegial home and enjoy, as we do already, the great benefits of living and working within one of the world’s great metropolitan areas.”
Rick Chamiec-Case, NACSW’s Executive Director said, “Besides providing much-needed additional space for NACSW’s growing office and storage needs, NACSW’s move to Trinity’s campus will create a valuable partnership that will richly contribute to both NACSW’s and Trinity’s missions at several levels. Whether it’s creating opportunities for NACSW to work with and give experience to student workers and interns from Trinity’s Social Work Department and other majors, or sharing resources and providing consultation to support each other’s programs, this partnership will serve both NACSW and Trinity well in the years ahead.”
NACSW began in 1950 in Wheaton, IL and was incorporated in 1954. NACSW’s mission and vision is to “be a vital presence in social work” by “equipping its members to integrate Christian faith and social work practice.” With a membership of nearly 1,200 social work students, practitioners, and educators, NACSW’s work includes publication of the journal Social Work & Christianity as well as a number of textbooks aimed at equipping Christian social work and social work programs with resources to integrate faith and practice. NACSW also hosts an annual convention, supports the mentorship of emerging leaders in social work, and provides a range of continuing education opportunities.