Conversations for Change: The Impact of Service-Learning Dialogues with Incarcerated Men on Social Work Students

Yvonne M. Eaton-Stull, Kathleen Kocherzat, Kerry Edwards


This article explores a course-linked service-learning project that facilitated social-problem focused dialogues between students and men who were incarcerated in a prison. Student reflections were life-changing; listening with both their hearts and minds enhanced student learning, increasing em-pathy, fueling a sense of advocacy, and fostering a plan for action and change. Conversing with the men challenged old assumptions and invited students to solidify goals and infuse their career paths with civic values and social justice concerns.


community engaged learning, forensic social work, prison, civic values

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