Mr. Edwin Zuluaga, an undergraduate student at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work who is majoring in Social Work, has published his paper, “The Monk Who Chose Social Work” in the The New Social Worker.
[Photo: Mr. Edwin Zuluaga]
In the article, Mr. Zuluaga tells his personal account of his wild teenage years, the path that lead him to join the religious order of monks known as the Franciscan Friars, and his decision to eventually leave the order to pursue a career as a social worker.
“I met many social workers throughout my four years as a monk. When I decided to leave the order, I knew that in a heartbeat I would go back to school and get a degree in social work, because social work to me designates religious life, in a sense,” said Mr. Zuluaga.
The School of Social Work at FIU Stempel College, located on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, offers various programs of professional study to prepare aspiring social work professionals like Mr. Zuluaga to work effectively in complex human service organizations.
Established in 1972, the Social Work Program was first introduced when Florida International University began offering academic programs. The bachelors program that Mr. Zuluaga is enrolled in was one of the first degree program offerings at FIU and has been accredited since July 1974, by the Council on Social Work Education.
Presently, the School of Social Work offers both undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees in Social Work.
The New Social Worker® quarterly magazine has been published since 1994, providing practical articles on social work students like Mr. Zuluaga, social work ethics, field placement, practice issues, practice specialties, technology in social work, book reviews and more.