The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Advocates’ Forum is one of only a few student-run social work journals in the country. It provides SSA students with an opportunity to express their scholarly interests through carefully written and researched articles on innovative topics in the field of social service. Advocates’ Forum welcomes articles in all areas of social work, including clinical practice, administration and current social welfare policy. The journal represents the tradition of academic excellence.

The goal of this publication is to inform social workers in all areas of practice of the administrative and clinical interests of master’s students. The journal also supports SSA students in communicating effectively and participating in the valuable exchange among students and professionals in the field. The faculty advisor for the 2015-16 academic year is Assistant Professor Gina Fedock.

Editorial Policy
Advocates' Forum is edited and published by students at SSA. The purpose of the publication is to provide master's students with an opportunity to debate and discuss relevant issues in social work and share their scholarly interests with alumni, field instructors, social service agencies, and schools of social work nationwide.

The Editorial Board of Advocates' Forum is composed of first-year, second-year, and part-time master's students. Submissions to the journal are solicited from master's students and are reviewed and selected by the Board. PhD students, including those from other departments who are jointly receiving an AM from SSA, are not permitted to contribute submissions. In an effort to capture papers written in the winter and spring quarter after the January deadline, SSA alumni who have graduated in the past year may submit contributions. For example, a June 2015 graduate could submit to the 2016 deadline.

The process is a blind peer-review guided by the following criteria: the quality of the writing, investigation, and research; creativity and originality; consistency with social work values and ethics; timeliness; and contribution to the field.

All final selections are edited with permission from the authors. Responsibility for the accuracy of information contained in written submissions rests solely with their authors. Advocates' Forum requires all submissions that use information from individuals or organizations get approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Views expressed within each article do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial board, the School of Social Service Administration, or the University of Chicago.

All inquiries should be directed to:

Editorial Board, Advocates' Forum
School of Social Service Administration
University of Chicago
969 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Telephone: 773.702.1168

All submissions should be emailed to:

Gina Fedock, Assistant Professor
Faculty Adviser to Advocate's Forum

(NOTE: If you submit articles to any other email address, we cannot guarantee anonymous review of your proposal.)

If you are interested in writing for the 2016 edition of Advocates' Forum, please contact Andrea Haidar or Jessica Smith. 

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2016 Advocates' Forum Editors: Andrea Haidar and Jessica Smith

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Kathleen Valadez, AM ’16

Kathleen Valadez, AM ’16

"SSA is so special because it gives you access to much more than a classroom. You can become part of groundbreaking research, participate in important advocacy work in communities organizing for social justice, or collaborate with students across campus on interdisciplinary projects."