The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work welcomes Ebasa B. Sarka as assistant professor, effective September 2016. Sarka, who received his MSW and PhD from the University of Washington, focuses his teaching and research on the impacts of childhood adversity, racial disparities in social child welfare, intervention and prevention of child maltreatment, and multicultural approaches to social work practice with children, youth, and families. Sarka will teach in the MSW and BSW degree programs.
“Ebasa comes to the college with extensive experience in the field and in the classroom,” said MSW Director Hye-Kyung Kang. “In addition to his teaching and research, he has supervised students during their practicum, conducted program evaluations, and led trainings and workshops for the State of Washington Division of Children & Family Services.”
Sarka co-founded the Horn of Africa Social Workers Association to raise awareness of the experiences of the Eritrean, Ethiopian, and Somalian immigrants in the Seattle-King County area. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Dungoo Educational Foundation, Olympia, WA.
The MSW program in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a 2-year MSW degree and a 10-month Advanced Standing MSW degree (for individuals who have received a BASW or BSW from a baccalaureate social work program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education).