Advocates' Forum

The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice Advocates’ Forum is one of only a few student-run social work journals in the country. It provides Crown Family School 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 annual 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 Crown Family School students in communicating effectively and participating in the valuable exchange among students and professionals in the field. 

Editorial Policy

Advocates' Forum is edited and published by students at Crown Family School. 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 Crown Family School, are not permitted to contribute submissions. In an effort to capture papers written in the winter, spring, and summer quarters after the January deadline, Crown Family School alumni who have graduated in the past year may submit contributions.

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 Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, or the University of Chicago.

All submissions are emailed to the Faculty Advisor of Advocates' Forum, Assistant Professor, Janelle Goodwill. (NOTE: If you submit articles to any other email address, we cannot guarantee anonymous review of your proposal.)

If you are interested in joining the Editorial Board, please apply using this Google form.

The 2023 Editor-in-Chief is Alexa Cinque.

Current Issue: 2022

Previous Issues


  • Letter from the Editor
    By Liza Doran
  • Power, Selfhood, and Identity: A Feminist Critique of Borderline Personality Disorder 
    By Bria Berger
  • Shock of Peace: Intersection between Social Welfare and Crime Control Policy
    By Brooke Fisher
  • The Politics of Disinvestment and Development in Gary, Indiana 
    By Erin Devorah Rapoport
  • Queering Gender Identity Formation 
    By Ian F. Schroeder
  • TANF Child-Only Policy: Improving Access and Enrollment in Illinois 
    By Valerie Taing


  • Letter from the Editor 
    By Abra Lyons-Warren 
  • Shared Workforce Development Opportunities: Connecting Chicago and Mexico
    By Oswaldo Alvarez
  • Policy and Organizing Complementarity in Community Change Campaigns 
    By Jody Blaylock
  • Neoliberal Urban Revitalization in Chicago 
    By Julia Conte and Janet Li
  • Banks, Courts, and Bureaucrats: Apartment Foreclosures and Coercive Evictions in Chicago
    By Matt Hiller
  • Towards a More Affirming Perspective: Contemporary Psychodynamic Practice with Trans* and Gender Non-conforming Individuals
    By Clare McBee
  • Letter from the Editor
  • From Clinician to Administrator: Skills, Struggles, Strengths, and Strategies
    By Andrea Freerksen
  • Unfulfilled Futures: Moral Maintenance in Domestic Private Adoption
    By Kathryn A. Ludwig
  • Community Benefits Agreements in the Political Economy of Urban Development
    By Matthew Raffol
  • Cultural Districts and the Potential for Urban Development
    By Sean Thornton
  • Chronic Disease Management: Improving Outcomes, Reducing Costs
    By Julie Wagner
  • Foreword
    By Alex Kotlowitz
  • Letter from the Editor
  • Feeding the Ghosts: Existential Concerns of Clients with Chronic Disease
    By Libby Bachhuber
  • Protecting the Human Rights of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors
    By Kate Englund
  • Haiti’s IDP Camp Policy: The Management of Vulnerability
    By Chris Eves
  • Chinatown: The Neoliberal Remaking of Culture in the Contemporary City
    By Van Nguyen
  • Theoretical Formulation and Implementation of the Earned Income Tax Credit
    By Saleem Hue Penny
  • Sex Trafficking in Cambodia as a Complex Humanitarian Emergency 
    By Susan Rosas
  • Gay-Straight Alliances in Public Schools: Agents of Early Adolescent Alienation
    By Terrence Scudieri
  • Letter from the Editors
  • American Orthodox Jewish Women and Domestic Violence: An Intervention Design
    By Meredith Blackman
  • Participatory Theater and the Prevention of Gender-based Violence
    By Madeline Brigell
  • Suffering, Relatedness and Transformation: Levinas and Relational Psychodynamic Theory
    By Ruth Domrzalski
  • Indicators of Acculturation: A Bilinear, Multidimensional Approach
    By Dina Drankus
  • Landscaping Neo-Liberalism: The Weed and Seed Strategy
    By Julie Garfield
  • For the Animals, the Earth, and Our Health: Strategies for Social Change and the Problem of Animal-Product Consumption
    By Betsy Rubinstein
  • Standing STRONG against Gender-Based Violence
    By Ursula Wagner
  • Work, Violence, or Both? Framing the Sex Trade and Setting an Agenda for Justice
    By Kimberly Lux
  • Toward a Central American Fair Trade Agreement
    By Charity Samantha Fitzgerald
  • Selling Chicago as a Global City: Redevelopment and Ethnic Neighborhoods
    By Kathryn Saclarides
  • Moving from Retributive to Restorative Justice in Community Schools
    By Margaret Leah Corey
  • Striking a Better Balance between Child Safety and Parental Rights
    By J. Michael Tower
  • Letter from the Editor
  • The Emergence and Obstacles of the Immigrant Rights Movement
    By Kathryn Hoban
  • The Childhood Obesity Epidemic as a Burgeoning Site of Social Stratification
    By Charity Samantha Fitzgerald
  • Adolescents and Adherence to Medication Protocol: An Evidence-Based Approach
    By Eric Brown and Marissa Morris-Jones
  • Myths, Ceremonies, and Power-Dependence Relationships: Organizational Theory and Charter School Autonomy
    By John J. Fanning
  • An Introduction to Interpersonal Violence Prevention
    By Marita K. Herkert and April L. Kopp
  • Strengths and Limitations of Home Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment by Teen Parents
    By Marita K. Herkert
  • Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Social Connection
    By April L. Kopp
  • Employers’ Use of Labor Market Intermediaries (LMIs) in Filling Lower-Level Jobs and Implications for Lower-Skilled LMI Clients
    By Timothy P. Hilton
  • The Impact of Provider Characteristics on the Quality of the Client-Provider Relationship in Mental Health Services
    By Colleen A. Mahoney