Clinical Assistant Teaching Professor
Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) Field Coordinator, School of Social Work
Antiracist/Anti-Oppressive Practice, Field Education, Social Change, Podcasting
Shimon Cohen began his social work career as a street outreach worker for a drop-in center for homeless youth. He later co-founded and served as director of Nuestro Lugar/Our Place Teen Center for low-income, multicultural and/or at-risk youth in Eugene, Oregon, now a program of Youth ERA.
Mr. Cohen has over 15 years of experience working with diverse populations in community-based agencies, public schools and hospital-based psychiatric outpatient clinics in Eugene, Oregon; Bronx, New York; the Dominican Republic; and Miami, Florida. He currently oversees the BSSW field program and teaches practicum seminar courses at the BSSW and MSW levels. He enjoys working and learning with students on their social work journey, with an emphasis on antiractist /anti-oppressive practice for social justice.
In March 2018, Mr. Cohen launched a social work-related podcast, entitled Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change, where he serves as host and producer. The podcast highlights people working for social change through interviews with social workers and those in related fields, educators and activists about their work and personal stories of how they got into this work. Doin’ The Work is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and other podcast listening apps, or through the website: www.dointhework.com.
Mr. Cohen created an Educator Resource for the Council on Social Work Education Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, focusing on how to use the podcast Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change as a teaching tool. The resource is organized by topic and includes questions that can be used for written assignments and/or classroom discussion.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Columbia University, MSSW
- University of Oregon, BEd