Dear Silberman Community,
Even as we learned of the expected news, it is hard to grasp the magnitude of the loss of Nelson Mandela. One has to go back to the death of Lincoln for an adequate comparison. A person of his stature, his achievement, and his worldwide impact through generations of time, he stands nearly alone. We can barely comprehend how in his lifetime he managed to transform a society in such substantial and enduring ways.His loss reminds me of our responsibility to pick up the gauntlet and to fight racism and injustice wherever it may occur. That is not an easy task in any context, and I often think, one made more difficult when the environment becomes more comfortable and routine. Nevertheless, it is particularly incumbent upon us as social workers to pursue social change with diligence and determination and a relentlessness for which social workers are famous. We should take from Mandela the lesson of merging courage with strategy and use it in our work every day. We are all his descendants. Let us resolve to be worthy of his legacy.Jacqueline B. Mondros, D.S.W.
Dean and Professor