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Social Justice Advocate Presented 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Tuesday, June 24, 2014   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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For her nearly five decade career as a social worker and social justice advocate, Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW, ACSW of Ann Arbor was honored with the National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Her award was presented in front of hundreds of social work colleagues at the Annual Meeting of the Profession Conference on April 3rd at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

The award recognizes one social worker each year who has demonstrated a continued commitment to the principles of social justice through leadership, education and advocacy.

In accepting the award Professor Ziefert stated, “I am very honored and humbled that my colleagues thought that I deserved this award and that NASW selected me to receive it. Working towards social and economic justice has been my life’s work. It is not work that can be done alone. It really is only when we come together that change happens – So this award does not only belong to me. I accept it on behalf of myself, my colleagues, and my students – but with the reminder that we all still have much work to do! “

Ziefert’s brilliant career includes her 30 years as a professor at Eastern Michigan University. From 2005-2009 she was the Director of the EMU School of Social Work, and prior to that was the Director of the Undergraduate Social Work Program. She has directed child and family programs as well as held roles as a psychiatric social worker, family therapist, youth counselor and was a former Chapter President of the National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter.

Professor Ziefert is an accomplished presenter and author, with works ranging from child welfare, to multidisciplinary collaboration, to political involvement and human rights. She has left a tangible legacy to those who followed in her path by co-writing such training manuals as: The Independent Living Project: Training Manual, Causes of Child Abuse and Neglect and The Role of Social Workers in Multidisciplinary Collaboration in Social Work with Abused and Neglected Children: A Manual of Interdisciplinary Process.
Eastern Michigan University Associate Professor Barbara Walters, PhD was one of the many individuals submitting letters of support for Ziefert’s nomination.

“For over 45 years, Professor Ziefert has contributed to the social work profession through engaging in grassroots practice, advocacy, activism, teaching, and research. In every social work endeavor, she sought to dismantle obstacles that oppressed disempowered groups. She challenged institutional discrimination. She used her privilege with integrity’” Walters said.

“In essence, Professor Zeifert has touched the lives of countless consumers, colleagues, instructors, and students. To this day, her passion for creating social change remains steadfast.”


Jacqueline Steingold says...
Posted Friday, July 11, 2014
Congratulations to a social worker who has left a legacy for others to emulate! You represent the best of our profession. Sincerely, Jacquie Steingold
Duane P. Breijak says...
Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Congrats Marjorie! Thank you for inspiring generations of social workers and for your continued advocacy.

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