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Eastern Michigan University Social Work Professor Honored For Lifetime Fighting For Social Justice

Jul 15, 2014

An Eastern Michigan University professor has been honored for her efforts in social work.  The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers gave Marjorie Ziefert a Lifetime Achievement award.

Credit Eastern Michigan University

Ziefert has taught at EMU for 30 years and been in the social work field for nearly 50 years.  Ziefert says, "Working towards social and economic justice has been my life's work. It is not work that can be done alone. Change happens only when we come together. I accept the award on behalf of myself, my colleagues and my students, but with the reminder that we all still have much work to do."

EMU professor Barbara Walters nominated Ziefert for the award and says "In every endeavor, she sought to dismantle obstacles that oppressed disempowered groups. She also challenged institutional discrimination."

Ziefert was the director of EMU's School of Social Work from 2005-2009 and prior to that served as director of the undergraduate social work program.  She's worked on issues around child welfare, political involvement, and human rights.

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