Gilliam Selected to NASW Technology Sub Task Force

Senior Instructional Technology Specialist Julie Gilliam has been selected as one of five social workers to become a member of National Association of Social Workers’ Sub Task Force on Technology in Social Work Practice. The purpose of the sub task force is to review the draft revised copy of the technology standards which occurred as a result of the public comment period held in July 2016. Her expertise in technology will assist NASW in developing relevant technology standards in social work practice.

Recent Grad Published Article on Gender and Health in The Journal of Community Practice

The paper is entitled "The Impact of Women’s Work on Gendered Health Inequities" and has been published in The Journal of Community Practice. The article is based on several papers that the author wrote while in the Global Health Graduate Certificate program at UMSON. ABSTRACT How does the work that American women perform, both in the formal economy (paid labor) and in the caring economy (caring for children and households) negatively affect their health? The World Health Organization’s social determinants of health model is used to illuminate the causes of gendered health inequities. The social determinants of gendered health inequities that are correlated with women’s work include globali

Sleep Soundly November 7

One third of adults have chronic sleep problems. Are you one of them? Without consistent, quality sleep your ability to function in life is severely hindered. In this workshop you will learn practical, research-based tips for sleeping better. A Question and Answer time will also be provided to address your individual sleeping concerns. Monday, Nov. 7 2016. Noon-1 p.m. SMC CC room 351 Sponsored by PSLI and the Wellness Hub

Associate Professor Corey Shdaimah Talks Child Care Policy on BYU Radio Show

Associate Professor Corey Shdaimah was a guest on the Brigham Young University’s Matt Townsend Show on Wednesday October 25. There she answered questions about the history of US child are policy, current policy proposals, and the kind of options and coverage a more comprehensive US child care could provide. A recording of the show can be accessed at

School of Social Work Awarded Grant to Improve Placement and Stability for LGBTQ Children and Youth

The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW), has entered into a cooperative agreement to establish a National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability and Permanency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Children and Youth in Foster Care (LGBTQ QIC). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau has awarded $10,000,000 to be distributed over five-years. The intent of this project is to work with 4-6 sites nationally, in partnership with state child welfare systems, to implement promising and evidence-based practices t

Volunteer for Project Feast on 11/24/2016

Project Feast is a student organization at the UMSOM that puts together a free Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th from 10am-3pm at Booker T. Washington Elementary School for the homeless and underserved population of Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to providing a meal, we also connect our guests to a variety of community resources and have a large collection of donated clothing, blankets, toiletries, and pantry staples available to meet their more immediate needs. For the past 26 years, this event has been held on Thanksgiving Day at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in West Baltimore, and has fed hundreds of people. Last year, we served approximately 500 guests with

Become a Reading Partner- Make a Life-long Impact on a Child

Reading Partners needs volunteers like you to provide students in under-resourced elementary schools in your community with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. Reading is the foundation for all future learning.The ability to read transforms lives and can empower children to reach their full potential. Research shows that when students can read at grade level by fourth grade, they have a greater opportunity to succeed in school and in life. With your help, we can equip students with the foundational skills they need to read at grade level. Each week, you will meet one-on-one with your student every week to help them develop strong l

Adjunct Duane Haley Quoted on Baltimore Sun Front Page

Adjunct instructor Duane Haley quoted on front page of the Baltimore Sun on 10/24/16 for his substance abuse work with adolescents at The Sheppard Pratt Mann Residential Treatment Center.

SOWK 630 Student Opportunity for Pair and Share on your Critical Autobiography on Race Class and Gen

This Friday October 28th at 12 noon we will host a chat and chew around the critical autobiography assignment on race, class and gender. This will be a time to come together and chat with one other student about your insights in doing the assignment. It will be informal but facilitated by Dr. Debbie Gioia. The event will be held in Room 2E14 at noon. You will still have time to go to the Naloxone training at 1PM

President’s Symposium & White Paper Project: JC Weiss – Who Buys, Why Do They Buy, and How Much

Whether you are starting a lifestyle business, a small firm, or the next Under Armour, you need to know how to finance it. Where does the money come from, and why? How do you find it, or how does it find you? Dr. Professor John C. Weiss III, M.B.A. will tackle these 3 simple questions mentioned in the title of this talk and why they are important and so hard to answer. Food will be provided. SMC Campus Center, Elm Room B November 17, 2016 4:00pm-6:00pm

Monday, 10/31 at 12:15pm: Meeting of The Alliance of Anti-Racist SW Practitioners

Please join us Monday, 10/31/16 from 12:15pm - 1:30pm in 2W11 for a meeting of the Alliance of Anti-Racist Social Work Practitioners (The Alliance). Lunch will be provided! The Alliance is an SGA group focused on accountability and the application of anti-racist principles in all levels of social work practice. More information on the context for anti-racist social work and a summary of group activities is here: If you have questions, or would like to be added to the Alliance email list, please send an email to

Updates to Spring 2017 course schedule

Please pay attention to the changes to the Spring 2017 course schedule as there were a few changes to days and times on some courses. The schedule is updated weekly, so please check often.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Network (EIN): Customer Discovery Workshop

RSVP: What is this event about? Customer discovery is the process of identifying your customer or stakeholder's needs when designing a service or product. During this workshop, a specific focus will be placed on "pivoting" based on feedback from your potential end users. This workshop will be run by Jennifer Hammaker, Director of the Maryland Innovation Initiative. Why should you attend? As a social work professional, you will have a unique opportunity for social entrepreneurship: you will regularly engage with clients, which will give you the opportunity to find out what they need. You can then address this need through design and innovation to be

Part-Time Student Survey Underway

A survey of part-times students is being done for a SOWK 631 project. If you are a student enrolled in the part-time program at the School of Social Work, please consider taking a few minutes to respond to the survey and share your experiences, both barriers and benefits. To access the survey, visit:

SSW's Roger Friedman to Present "Tower" at Penn State

“Tower,” a documentary recounting the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2 in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Flex Theater. A panel discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the Nov. 1 screening. Prior to the Nov. 1 screening, clinical psychologist Roger Friedman, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, will read from “Tower Sniper: The Terror of America's First Active Shooter on Campus,” which he co-wrote with Monte and Nathan Akers. Friedman’s reading will take place at 4:30 p.m. at Webster’s Bookstore and Café in downtown State College. Friedman was personally affected by the tower shooting: his clos

Winter One Credit Course: Redefining Community Violence - A Trauma-Informed Approach

January 14 and 15, 2017, 9:00 - 4:00 PM This is a one-credit interdisciplinary course that will include a two-day mandatory classroom session and a related community engagement project to be completed later in spring 2017 semester. Students will explore the concepts of community violence and trauma, particularly in the context of Baltimore City. Students from all UMB professional schools will be eligible to register thus providing an interdisciplinary context to learn about this public health issue. (This 1-credit course may be combined with other 1-credit offerings to fulfill elective requirements for the MSW degree.) There are no prerequisites.

Come Join Us for Our Last Tree Planting This Season!

Come join the Southwest Partnership for our final tree planting event this season! We will be meeting this Saturday, October 29, at 10am at Franklin Square Park. Warm drinks will be provided and there is free street parking available around the park. If you would like more information or would like to join us, you can email Julie at We hope to see you there to help make our communities beautiful!

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