Supporting Social Justice Education in Haiti

Faculte de Travail Social et la Justice Sociale classroom.

Spread the gift of education in Haiti and advance social justice.

Project description

Students are invited to help develop a fund raising campaign on behalf of the College of Social Work and Social Justice (FTSJS) in Haiti. This is a unique program that is urgently needed because social work education is limited in the country. The program builds local capacity and educates future leaders to address important human development problems in their country.

FTSJS was founded in 2018 and is affiliated with Episcopal University, a renowned Haitian University. It offers an accredited program that is more affordable than many higher education institutions.

However, the last year of political instability in Haiti left many people struggling financially and more promising students are finding it impossible to pay tuition. This project will raise money to assist such students with scholarships and improve the technology infrastructure to make education more accessible. 

Project outcome

  • Develop skills in fund raising and networking using social media.
  • Gain experience with project management and work with faculty and Haitian partners 
  • Learn about current social and educational and social issues in Haiti.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Less than a semester (0-2 months) 
Start time Spring (January/February) 
Level of collaboration Small group project (2-3 students) 
Benefits Other
Who is eligible All undergraduate students 

Core partners

  • UB School of Social Work faculty (Drs. Filomena Critelli, Laura Lewis and Kelly Patterson) who have been working on projects in Haiti for the past 3 years.
  • Faculte de Travail Social et la Justice Sociale (FTSJS) - College of Social Work and Social Justice 

Project mentor

Filomena Critelli

Associate Professor, Co-Director Institute of Sustainable Global Engagement

School of Social Work

681 Baldy Hall

Phone: (646) 258-0266

Email: fmc8@buffalo.edu

Faculte de Travail Social et la Justice Sociale faculty and staff.

Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 
Fulfilling Academic Major/Minor Requirements

If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project. 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  • Meetings with UB School of Social Work Haiti team. Email the project mentor to get connected with the team.