Lunchtime Research Seminar with Dr. Julia Slejko Thursday March 9th

Join us for our upcoming Lunch-time Research Seminar DATE: Thursday, March 9th TIME: 12:15 – 1:45pm ROOM: 4E26 of SSW Bldg. 525 W. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 **Pizza and refreshments will be provided** please RSVP by 3/7 to Presentation Topic: Decision-Analytic Modeling: Pharmacoeconomics and Beyond Presenter: Dr. Julia Slejko Assistant Professor Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Dr. Slejko’s research is focused on innovative approaches for decision-analytic modeling for economic and health outcomes assessments. She has applied these methods to modeling medication adherence and translating pharmacometric findings to cost-effectiveness a

SGA Meeting Monday 5pm - All are welcome - Food provided!

The SGA is having its general body meeting on Monday March 6th at 5pm in room 2w11. Everyone is welcome to attend - even if you've never been before. Just come on in, grab some food and sit down! We will be discussing upcoming events, E-Board elections and Dean Barth will be in attendance to see what the student groups have been up to. Bring a friend!

Come Join Our LUCHA Lunch Meeting!

Come join our next LUCHA meeting on Monday March 13th at 12:15pm in RM3E10. We will be discussing and reflecting recent events and initiatives as well as opportunities for students to take on leadership roles for the next academic year! If you can't make it, feel free to email us at and check out our FB group L.U.C.H.A. seeks to raise awareness among all the UMB schools about the strengths and challenges associated with having a bicultural identity, and to have solidarity with issues that transcend national origin.

FREE Working With Interpreters and Cultural Competence Training March 11th

Are you ready to work with culturally diverse clients? Do you know how to handle the sticky situations that can arise when working cross-culturally and with language barriers? Join us for a free training to learn the skills needed to excel in cross-cultural interactions. Who: ALL UMB students and faculty When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 Where: SMC Campus Center, Room 349 8:30 - 9:00 am: Sign in & breakfast 9:00 - noon: Session 1 - Working with interpreters Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch 1:00 - 4:00 pm: Session 2 - Cultural competence Register here:

Pugh wants psychological services for Baltimore school students to cope with violence

Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh said Friday she wants children encountering Baltimore's surge in violence to have access to psychologists in schools to help them deal with fear and trauma. Pugh — asked to comment on the series of shootings Thursday that left one person dead and eight injured — said she is concerned about therapy and other resources available to the city's 82,000 public school students in the face of the district's $130 million budget shortfall. An article about the announcement in the Baltimore Sun contained references to the School of Social Work and its Promise Heights initiative. READ MORE

SSW & SOL Teach-in on Criminal Justice Reform - March 13

Join the School of Social Work and the School of Law for a Teach-in on Criminal Justice Reform - March 13, 5:15 to 7 PM - SSW Auditorium - Pizza will be served at 4:30. RSVP Needed. Learn about the Baltimore/DOJ Consent Decree and the Baltimore Police Department (BPD)'s response to the DOJ's finding that the BPD engaged in a pattern and practice of conduct that violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution as well as federal anti-discrimination laws. Hear from community organizations actively engaged in advocating for and protecting the rights of marginalized groups disproportionately victimized by police misconduct. Learn how student organizations and the broader UMB commu

Dr. Tanya Sharpe invited Guest Lecturer at Boston University School of Social Work

On January 24 Boston University School of Social Work welcomed Dr. Tanya Sharpe to discuss her research on African American survivors of homicide victims. Sharpe’s lecture, entitled, “Understanding the Sociocultural Context of Coping for African American Survivors of Homicide Victims,” focused on her work and research around the African American experience of coping with the homicide of a loved one, offering culturally responsive solutions for research and practice.

How to Navigate the Job Market: 12:15 Today!

There are still spaces available for today's workshop. Please register here: To watch remotely, please use this link: Please also use this link to access the presentation recording after it has concluded. Reminder: Lunch is provided, but not available until the presentation concludes.

Macro Student Union Meeting

Our March meeting is going to be on 3/6 in room 2E02 at 5pm. Dr. Reisch is going to speak informally regarding the document on job searches that is attached to this email. We're also going to have some alumni come in to offer tailored advice to student questions regarding job searches, resumes, and navigating the macro world. Dinner will be provided. For more information email Carolyn Hoffman at or Lauren Lowenstein at

Intro to I-Corps

We've teamed up with College Park to bring Intro to I-Corps to UMB. I-Corps is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Initiative that engages participants to explore their ideas and research deeply by talking to potential customers, partners and competitors and encountering the challenges and uncertainty of creating successful innovations. This workshop provides tools and guidance to help validate (or invalidate) a business model for maximizing the number people your research or concept impacts. This workshop is designed for students, faculty, and staff interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. The program is designed to be as convenient as possible for teams to attend. The kick-off is a

Let Your Voice Be Heard - Calling all prospective student SSW convocation speakers!

The theme for social work month which begins this week is Social workers stand up (for millions of people every day). This is also the theme for our student convocation speeches. If you are motivated to have an active part in our convocation at the Lyric on May 19th. So what do you need to do? Compose a speech no longer than 5 minutes and video the speech on your phone, or I can help you arrange a time in our media center, and submit to me via a media file by March 31st. At the April meeting of the graduation committee we will be viewing the submitted speeches and making decisions for 1-2 speeches. We have a rating system that we follow for fairness. Please contact me directly with quest

Convocation Information

The School of Social Work Convocation Ceremony will be held on May 19th at 9am at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. Please see the following link for important details:

PhD Student Lisa Fedina and Associate Professor Bruce DeForge Published in Journal of Human Traffick

PhD Student Lisa Fedina and Associate Professor Bruce DeForge have a new paper published as part of a Special Issue in the Journal of Human Trafficking that explores promising public health research methodologies used to estimate the prevalence of human trafficking. Examples of studies using methods such as Respondent-Driven Sampling and Venue-Based Sampling to estimate hidden and stigmatized populations (e.g., injection drug-users, homeless and runaway youth) are presented and a set of strategies to be considered for future prevalence studies on human trafficking are proposed. More details can be found at Citation: Fedina, L., & DeForge, B. R. (2017

Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Promoting Mental Health in Urban Schools - March 6 @ SSW

2017 Clinical Lecture at the University of Maryland School of Social Work Monday, March 6 – 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm School of Social Work – 525 West Redwood St. Baltimore, MD 21201 1 CEU available for $20 REGISTER TODAY Speaker: Tamar Mendelson, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health The lecture will explore the use of mindfulness-based approaches in school settings. Specifically, the lecture will provide: 1) an overview of the rationale for school-based mindfulness programs, and the common aims of these programs; 2) a description of several types of mindfulness programs being implemented in Baltimore city public schools; 3) a d

8th Annual Student Scholarship Competition

Every year, Beck Cognitive Behavior Therapy Institute holds a scholarship competition for graduate students in the health or mental health field. Ten applicants will receive a full-tuition scholarship to the 2017 Student Workshop in Philadelphia and will meet in a private question and answer session with the Drs. Beck. MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

Carpool to the Noche de Inmigrantes in Annapolis - 2/27

On Monday, February 27, from 4-8 pm, CASA of Maryland and partners are holding a lobby night in Annapolis to show our legislators the importance of passing courageous bills to support the safety, health, and wellbeing of Marylanders born outside the USA. The timing is critical -- the TRUST Act will be voted on the following day! To join an informal group traveling down to the lobby night from UMB, please add your information in this form by Friday, February 24: Depending on people's availability, some cars will probably arrive after the 4 pm start time. Email or with questions. More information about

Time to THRIVE: National Conference to Promote Safety, Inclusion and Well-being for LGBTQ Youth

The HRC Foundation's Time to THRIVE Conference (April 28-30 in Washington, DC) provides a “one-stop-shop” opportunity to build awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field. This opportunity is for youth-serving professionals: K-12 educators, professional counselors, social workers, pediatricians, and more. Time to THRIVE is co-presented by the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association. Special guests announced include Katie Couric, Charles Blow, Jazz Jenning and more. For a list of other announced special guests, click here. More special guests will b

Convocation Exemplary Student and Faculty Awards

Nominations for the exemplary faculty and student awards are now open. Please submit your nomination by March 31. The awardee will be selected by the SGA convocation planning committee. Student awards: One each for exemplary performance as a clinical student, a macro student and in field practice. Students may be nominated by faculty, staff, students and/or field instructors. See the exemplary student award nomination drop down here for more information: Faculty award:

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