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Congressman Jim McGovern Addresses Social Welfare Policy Students

August 18, 2017

Jim McGovern, member of the United States House of Representatives representing Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district, spoke to first-year Social Welfare Policy students on August 18, 2017. The conversation touched on many areas of social policy, as well as the current political climate and the role of social workers in creating social change.

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112 Students Earn Social Work Degrees

August 18, 2017

The Smith College School for Social Work will award 112 degrees—106 master’s degrees and six doctorates—at Commencement Friday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.

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African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy

June 28, 2017

Leigh-Anne Francis, an assistant professor with a dual appointment in the departments of African American Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The College of New Jersey, presented the Smith College School for Social Work 2017 Anti-Racism Lecture, Jane Crow (In)Justice: African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy (A History of the Present) on June 26, 2017. The full lecture will be available as part of the online continuing education series.

Watch Video: A Historical Perspecitve of Social Work and Race

Rory Crath Published in Journal of Youth Studies

June 22, 2017

Professor Rory Crath's research, published in the Journal of Youth Studies, explores government sponsored arts programs for at-risk youth, with a focus on Toronto's Graffitti Transformation Project.

Read the Article: ‘Off the wall’: reading community mural making as a contestable site of urban youth governance


Professor Marsha Kline Pruett on the Role of Fathers

June 18, 2017

For Father's Day, Pruett was interviewed about her extensive research on family relationships and the role of fathers. "It is a negative stereotype that men aren't involved fathers; most men are very much interested in being dads and are deeply frustrated by the policies and norms that make it difficult for them to be positive and consistent influences in their children's lives," she says.

Read: Smith College professor says today's fathers 'more involved'

SSW Doctoral Student on Hidden Bias and Racism

June 15, 2017

Writing in Psychology Today, Stephen Friedman, an SSW doctoral student, shares lessons about confronting hidden bias and racism he learned from his work with African American teenagers.

Read: Hidden Bias and Racism — A social worker shares his struggle with unconscious attitudes

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide Risk Among Veterans

June 14, 2017

Lisa Brenner delivered the 2017 Brown Foundation Research Lecture, speaking about the complex relationship between traumatic brain injury and suicide will be discussed, as well as interventions aimed at suicide prevention among this cohort. 
The full lecture will be available as part of the online continuing education series.

Watch Video: Becoming Comfortable Caring for Veterans

Meg Hutchinson Delivers Convocation Address

June 5, 2017

Songwriter, poet and mental health advocate Meg Hutchinson shared her perspective on living and thriving with Bipolar disorder for the 2017 Lydia Rapoport lecture. The full lecture will be available as part of the online continuing education series.

Watch Video Series: Meg Hutchinson's advice for social workers treating clients with Bipolar disorder

Creating Community

May 18, 2017

On May 17, the School for Social Work hosted a first-of-its-kind conference on welcoming and effectively serving refugees and immigrants.

Read & Watch: Building Together: Creating A Welcoming Community for Refugees & Immigrants
Daily Hapshire Gazette Coverage: Ways to support immigrants, refugees aired at Smith College conference
MassLive Articles: Smith College to host conference on refugees, Smith Professor Hopes to Build on 'Resilience' of Refugees
Read more: Building Together Conference Overview, Detailed Conference Itinerary

A Call for Justice for Incarcerated Parents and Their Children

April 24, 2017

In her latest article in the Huffington Post, SSW adjunct instructor Crystal Hayes reflects on growing up with her father in prison and the problem of mass incarceration. 

Read more: Hallmark Doesn't Make the Birthday Card I Need


Kimberlyn Leary to Deliver 2017 SSW Commencement Address

April 4, 2017

On August 18, SSW graduates will hear from keynote speaker Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D., MPA, a professor at Harvard Medical School who advised the Obama White House on improving life outcomes for women and girls of color.

Read more: 2017 Commencement Speaker Kimberlyn Leary


Dean Emerita Carolyn Jacobs to Deliver Elms College Commencement Address

March 30, 2017

Dr. Carolyn Jacobs, a SSW professor for 34 years and dean for 14, will speak to graduates of Elms College this May.  “I hope that the Class of 2017 will engage in lifelong learning, continue to explore their spiritual development and actively commit to serving others,” says Jacobs.

Read: Elms College selects social work professor Carolyn Jacobs as commencement speaker



Professor Hannah Karpman Published in Midwifery

March 28, 2017

After two years of extensive research, which examined online peer support for queer mothers, Professor Karpman, Emily Ruppel '18, Mallory Merryman '15 & Carolyn Delk '03 saw their work published in renowned journal Midwifery on March 1, 2017. 

Read the Research [PDF]: Online maternity information seeking among lesbian, bisexual, and queer women
Daily Hampshire Gazette articleSmith researchers’ findings published in Midwifery journal


Faculty Urge Colleagues to be "hyper-vigilant" as GOP Repeals ACA

February 20, 2017

In the fifth in their series of post-election op-eds, Professors Josh Miller, Hannah Karpman and Adjunct Professor Crystal Hayes present reasons why repealing "Obamacare" is cause for concern and suggest ways fellow social workers can act. 

Read the op-ed: Huffington Post


Protecting & Supporting All Members of Our Community

February 7, 2017

President McCartney outlines actions the College will take in response to the Trump administration's immigration ban.

Read: President McCartney's letter to the community

Professor Annemarie Gockel in Qualitative Social Work

January 9, 2017

Professor Annemarie Gockel's research, published in Qualitative Social Work, explores how the growing trend toward body-oriented psychotherapy is being integrated into group work and the potential significance of this trend for social work practice with groups. 

Read the Study: Embodied connections: Engaging the body in group work

Professor Rory Crath Published in Culture, Health & Sexuality

January 3, 2017

Assistant Professor Rory Crath looked at public health reporting in Canada’s leading newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and its impact on the moral, social and biological dimensions of gay male subjectivity and sexuality within the context of HIV risk discourses. 

Read the Article: Paradoxes of an assimilation politics: media production of gay male belonging in the Canadian ‘vital public’ from the tainted blood scandal to the present