Social work and engineering: Lessons from a water filtration project in Guatemala

Lenore E. Matthew, Lissette Piedra, Chi-Fang Wu, Anne Kramer Diaz, Hanting Wang, Anthony P. Straub, Thanh Huong Nguyen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

International service learning (ISL) programs seek to facilitate community inclusion, but such participation can prove elusive. For technical projects, such ventures can undermine local leadership, generate mistrust in communities, and even create an aversion to technological solutions. In this article, we document how social work and engineering students collaborated to bring clean water to rural Guatemala, and demonstrate how we employed social work principles to address the myriad issues encountered in the project. We contend that the inclusion of a social work perspective, with its emphasis on relationships, can help mitigate some of the challenges ISL projects tend to encounter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1578-1590
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

Fingerprint

Guatemala
social work
engineering
water
inclusion
learning
community
leadership
participation
student

Keywords

  • Bio-sand filters
  • Guatemala
  • development
  • interdisciplinary work
  • international service learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

Social work and engineering : Lessons from a water filtration project in Guatemala. / Matthew, Lenore E.; Piedra, Lissette; Wu, Chi-Fang; Kramer Diaz, Anne; Wang, Hanting; Straub, Anthony P.; Nguyen, Thanh Huong.

In: International Social Work, Vol. 60, No. 6, 01.11.2017, p. 1578-1590.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Matthew, Lenore E. ; Piedra, Lissette ; Wu, Chi-Fang ; Kramer Diaz, Anne ; Wang, Hanting ; Straub, Anthony P. ; Nguyen, Thanh Huong. / Social work and engineering : Lessons from a water filtration project in Guatemala. In: International Social Work. 2017 ; Vol. 60, No. 6. pp. 1578-1590.
@article{29da6fa147f64c0e8a40d9d251353a21,
title = "Social work and engineering: Lessons from a water filtration project in Guatemala",
abstract = "International service learning (ISL) programs seek to facilitate community inclusion, but such participation can prove elusive. For technical projects, such ventures can undermine local leadership, generate mistrust in communities, and even create an aversion to technological solutions. In this article, we document how social work and engineering students collaborated to bring clean water to rural Guatemala, and demonstrate how we employed social work principles to address the myriad issues encountered in the project. We contend that the inclusion of a social work perspective, with its emphasis on relationships, can help mitigate some of the challenges ISL projects tend to encounter.",
keywords = "Bio-sand filters, Guatemala, development, interdisciplinary work, international service learning",
author = "Matthew, {Lenore E.} and Lissette Piedra and Chi-Fang Wu and {Kramer Diaz}, Anne and Hanting Wang and Straub, {Anthony P.} and Nguyen, {Thanh Huong}",
year = "2017",
month = "11",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/0020872816655869",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "60",
pages = "1578--1590",
journal = "International Social Work",
issn = "0020-8728",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Social work and engineering

T2 - Lessons from a water filtration project in Guatemala

AU - Matthew, Lenore E.

AU - Piedra, Lissette

AU - Wu, Chi-Fang

AU - Kramer Diaz, Anne

AU - Wang, Hanting

AU - Straub, Anthony P.

AU - Nguyen, Thanh Huong

PY - 2017/11/1

Y1 - 2017/11/1

N2 - International service learning (ISL) programs seek to facilitate community inclusion, but such participation can prove elusive. For technical projects, such ventures can undermine local leadership, generate mistrust in communities, and even create an aversion to technological solutions. In this article, we document how social work and engineering students collaborated to bring clean water to rural Guatemala, and demonstrate how we employed social work principles to address the myriad issues encountered in the project. We contend that the inclusion of a social work perspective, with its emphasis on relationships, can help mitigate some of the challenges ISL projects tend to encounter.

AB - International service learning (ISL) programs seek to facilitate community inclusion, but such participation can prove elusive. For technical projects, such ventures can undermine local leadership, generate mistrust in communities, and even create an aversion to technological solutions. In this article, we document how social work and engineering students collaborated to bring clean water to rural Guatemala, and demonstrate how we employed social work principles to address the myriad issues encountered in the project. We contend that the inclusion of a social work perspective, with its emphasis on relationships, can help mitigate some of the challenges ISL projects tend to encounter.

KW - Bio-sand filters

KW - Guatemala

KW - development

KW - interdisciplinary work

KW - international service learning

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85032721111&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85032721111&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/0020872816655869

DO - 10.1177/0020872816655869

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85032721111

VL - 60

SP - 1578

EP - 1590

JO - International Social Work

JF - International Social Work

SN - 0020-8728

IS - 6

ER -