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Danielle Smith, executive director of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), will discuss opportunities to use social media positively—and pitfalls to avoid—in the annual Smucker Lecture at Bluffton University.

"Ethics and Integrity in the Age of Social Media" is the title of Smith’s talk, set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Founders Hall. The forum is free and open to the public.

Noting that more than 1 billion people used Facebook in October 2012, Smith says social media sites have changed the world, including how we communicate with others, share information and represent ourselves publicly. "This explosion of social media requires us to examine our own use of these sites to ensure we are acting ethically and with integrity," she says.

Smith has worked for NASW for five years. Her responsibilities include managing the Ohio chapter’s social media presence, which has led to her interest in the use of social media by clients and social workers. A licensed social worker, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, as well as a master’s degree in public policy and management, from The Ohio State University.

The Smucker Lecture, which brings significant contributors to the field of social work to Bluffton, is named for Carl Smucker, who taught social work on campus for 34 years beginning in 1944.


Bluffton public relations, 2/1/13