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Idaho Kincare 3-City Speaking Tour — Boise Event Details

On May 23, 2018, Idaho Kincare Project will present the Boise leg of their three-city speaking tour. Dr. Andrea Smith, a specialist in KinCare issues and advocacy, will be the keynote speaker. The event is a great opportunity to learn more about the needs facing the KinCare community, and also network with other area caregivers.

The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Boise State campus, in the Special Events Center. More information can be found at the KinCare event registration page, or by following the link to download the KinCare event flier.

Registration details for KinCare 3-City Speaking Tour can be found at IdahoKincare.comThe Special Events Center is located on the Boise State Campus, at 1910 W University Dr, Boise, ID 83725

Social Work Student Mackenzie Moss Recognized as Top Ten Scholar

This Monday, April 16, Alumni Relations will recognize Mackenzie Moss, a student in School of Social Work bachelor’s program, as a recipient of the Top Ten Scholar award—one of the highest honors a Boise State student can achieve.

“I feel really happy and grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had,” Moss said.Mackenzie Moss

Top Ten Scholars are expected to show success in academics, service, and research—Moss has shown this success and more, and shined particularly in the ‘research’ category during her time on the speech and debate team.

“Being on the speech and debate team kind of makes you a researcher,” she said, adding that she spends between 15 and 20 hours each week conducting research.

Much of Moss’s research was in applying areas of communication theory to various social phenomenon, but she also conducted research on undocumented immigrants and food insecurity, which she said fit well with her social work studies.

“I do feel like that was an area of interest I’ve explored through the social work program,” Moss said.

Dr. Manda Hicks, who works as the Director of Forensics and is also Moss’s speech and debate coach, said she was impressed by Moss’s skills and ambitions as a student, and her ability to balance social work with her speech and debate activities.

“Saying I’ve watched her grow doesn’t really get at what Mackenzie’s accomplished,” Hicks said. “What’s special is that she’s a person who came to Boise State with a lot of really altruistic goals for herself, that she’s stuck with.”

Hicks will introduce Moss and give a short speech at the award ceremony, before Moss gives her acceptance speech. Moss plans to use the opportunity to thank the members of the speech and debate team, the faculty, and her family, and to talk about her future goal of becoming an immigration attorney.

“Becoming a lawyer has been a goal since high school,” Moss said. “I thought maybe social work would be a good stepping stone, as both my mom and dad are social workers.”

Other future goals for Moss—obtaining her master’s degree in social work, and possibly becoming a policy analyst. She thinks macro social work could be a good area to specialize in, given her skills and interests, and since there are not many social workers active in that capacity.

The Top Ten Scholars Awards will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Stueckle Sky Center on the Boise State campus. Registration for the event can be found at

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School of Social Work Statement on Professor Yenor’s Article in the Daily Caller

Social workers challenge social injustice; social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.

These ethical principles, from the preamble to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), guide the faculty of the School of Social Work in their rejection of the opinions of Professor Scott Yenor, as published in Sex, Gender, and the Origin of the Culture Wars: An Intellectual History.

The faculty of the School of Social Work fully support the right to free speech, including those of Professor Yenor, with whom we strongly disagree. It is the consequences of his speech that are of great concern. In the words of Voltaire, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” We believe Professor Yenor’s words are an attack on the beliefs and identity of many students, faculty and staff at Boise State University and people in our community.

In this instance, Professor Yenor’s free speech rights clash with the values of our social work profession as well Boise State University’s expressed shared values of caring and respect.

Where Professor Yenor idealizes a world with, “male supremacy and traditional socialization toward gender scripts…the proprietary family and the dependence of women and children on the family,” we see intimate partner violence, sexual assault, oppression, rejection, and hatred.

The faculty of the School of Social Work promotes human rights and acceptance.  We affirm our support of people who hold feminist beliefs; the right of people to be cisgender, transgender, or gender fluid; and the rights of people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identify.