Professor Jennifer Swanberg Appointed to NIOSH Research Council

Dr. Jennifer Swanberg has been appointed to the Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Cross-Sector Council, an initiative of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) spearheaded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Cross Sector Council is charged with identifying broad strategic research objectives for the nation which will form the basis for the NORA Health Work Design and Well-Being Agenda through 2026. Specifically, the Healthy Work Design and Well-Being (HWD) cross-sector seeks to improve the design of work, work environments and management practices to advance worker safety, health, and well-being.

Registration for Summer/Fall 2017 is approaching! Will you be able to register?

CHECK YOUR SURFS ACCOUNT! The Office of Records and Registration recommend that you check your record in SURFS for any HOLDS on your account. If you have holds on your account, contact the appropriate office before April 5, 2017 to clear up your record, as the Office of Records and Registration CANNOT remove holds and you WILL NOT be able to register for summer/fall 2017. Any questions contact the Office of Records and Registration at

Spring 2017 Workshop Series: "It's All about Writing"

Educators in Training (EdiT) Spring 2017 Workshop Series: “It’s All about Writing” Light lunch will be served during each workshop Writing for Publication Thursday, April 6, noon-1 p.m. SMC 349 Dr. Cheryl LaRoche will speak about publishing her dissertation as a monograph as well as publishing academic work in a multidisciplinary context with a wide variety of audiences. Introduction to Blog Writing Thursday, April 13, noon-1 p.m. SMC 351 Malissa Carroll from the School of Pharmacy will speak about reaching different audiences with blog writing. Writing a Grant Proposal Thursday, April 20, noon-1 p.m. SMC 353 Phallon Perry from the Graduate School will speak about useful tips

Achieving Work-Life Balance April 3

Achieving Work-Life Balance Monday, April 3, 2017 | noon - 1 p.m. | SMC Campus Center, Room 351 Join us for this interactive workshop that identifies six strategies to utilize for work-life balance. Participants will discover resources and tools available during times of stress in school, work and/or personal life.

Community gardening volunteer opportunity this Saturday with Pop! Farm!

This Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10am-12pm , join James McHenry Elementary School and the University of Maryland Community Engagement Center in planning and creating community garden plots, handicap accessible plots, a children's garden, and fruit orchards. Help us keep South West Baltimore beautiful! Please wear close-toed shoes and layers! Contact Bill Joyner at 410-706-4513 or Anne Weber 410-627-5139 For more information, see attached flyer.

Dr. Reisch presents annual Social Justice Lecture at the University of Portland

Dr. Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, presented the annual Social Justice Lecture at the University of Portland, in Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday, March 28. His lecture was entitled "The Future of Social Justice in a Diverse and Conflict-Ridden Society." Dr. Reisch also met with students and faculty in the University's Social Justice Program, and taught a class on social justice-oriented policy advocacy.

Convocation Ticket Distribution

Convocation Ticket Distribution As a reminder, each graduate is eligible to receive four tickets. Tickets will be distributed during the following times: At University of Maryland Baltimore In the Office of Student Service 2W14 Monday, April 17th 8:30-6pm Friday, April 21st 8:30-5pm Monday, April 24th 8:30-6pm Friday, April 28th 8:30-5pm Questions regarding UMB ticket distribution should be directed to At the Universities of Shady Grove In room 4127 Building 3 Wednesday, April 19th 5-6 Friday, April 21st 12-1 Any questions about USG ticket distribution should be posed to Jessica Rider-Amin at If there are extra ticke

Volunteer with UMB Community Engagement Center on Thursday, April 6th, 6:30-9pm

Volunteer with the Workforce Wednesday team at our event on Thursday, April 6th, 6:30-9pm! "How to Get a Job at a Hospital" is a free event for community members to learn about free training programs, job search assistance, and other resources. Volunteers will assist with set up, sign-in, serving dinner, and cleaning up at the end. All volunteers will receive a free dinner. Volunteer spots are limited and registering via email is required. You may email or

UMB Housing Now Accepting Applications

Apply now for on-campus housing at UMB! Fayette Square and Pascault Row apartments are conveniently located for UMB students and staff. Applications can be submitted online at For more information, please contact Kerissa Hobstetter at 410-706-5523 or by email at If you are interested in visiting housing for a tour, the housing office is located at 518 W. Fayette Street.

Dr. Finigan-Carr, RYC has published a new book titled, “Linking Health and Education for African Ame

Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr has published a new book with contributions from other colleagues in the field of social work, public health and education across the nation. Other University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work contributors include Drs. Theda Rose, Tanya Sharpe, Wendy Shaia, and Shanda Crowder. The publication examines health disparities and education inequities concurrently by providing statistical information on social inequalities to help predict and prevent negative outcomes among minority children. The research suggests differences among races and genders in resilience to social stressors in various settings and provides statistics from longitudinal case studies and

Free Online MOOC “Global Health – The Lessons of Ebola” Begins May 15

The University of Maryland Graduate School has partnered with UMUC to create a free online MOOC titled “Global Health – The Lessons of Ebola.” Originally run in 2016, the course will explore how multidisciplinary teams can work more effectively together to address global health needs. The course is 6 weeks long and will begin on May 15. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. Learn more and register for the course at -

Just in Case You Missed It!

Are you prepared to enter the social work profession? The Alumni Association will host mock interviews for students on April 10th, 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm in Room 2E29. The purpose of the mock interviews is to sharpen students’ interview skills as they prepare to enter the social work profession. If you are interested in participating please use the following link to register *Spaces are limited*

Macro Career Advising at the Job Fair

Attention Macro Students We understand that searching for macro social work jobs requires a multi-dimensional approach. In an effort to provide additional assistance to macro students during the job fair on April 4th, the following advisors will be available to talk with you 1:1 about how to explore the macro job market. • Rebecca Davis (Available 12-2:30pm) – UMB SSW  Specialty Macro focused program management • Lane Victorson (Available 10-1pm) – UMB SSW  Specialty Community Organizing • Ashely Valis (Available 10-12:45pm) – UMB, Office of the President • Dr. Marlene Matarese (Available 10:30-1:30pm) – UMB SSW: Innovations Institute Macro career advising will be on the first fl

3/31/17 - Last chance to submit your sample of a convocation speech for consideration

We would love to have your convocation speech ideas for consideration as our student speaker for this important event. Please submit your video file to Dr. Debbie Gioia by 3/31. These speeches will be viewed by the convocation committee on 4/11 to choose 1-2 students who will speak. The speeches should be under 5 minutes. Once chosen students will work with Dr. Gioia to refine the speech and to meet the time limit allotted for the speeches in the ceremony. A reminder that the topic of the speech should center around the NASW theme - Social Workers Stand Up.

Graduating Students: Financial Aid Exit Counseling

Federal regulations indicate that any student who has received a federal loan while in attendance at UMB must complete exit counseling. Graduating students must attend the scheduled exit interview for your school/program. The exit interview lasts for approximately 1 hour. Please complete and bring the following document(s) to your exit counseling session. See Link: If you have questions regarding this requirement, please contact us at 410-706-7347 or email your financial aid counselor. SSW sessions: Mondays, April 3 & April 10 at Noon - SSW Auditorium

CSWF looking for leaders for next year!

The Christian Social Work Fellowship is looking for people who may be interested in leading the group next year. It is an excellent opportunity to get involved! Please contact for more information!

Death Cafe March 30

Thursday March 30, 2017 | 5-6:30 p.m. SMC Campus Center, Room 351 Join a thoughtful discussion about death designed to increase awareness and help people make the most out of their lives. All UMB students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

Know Your Rights

In response to recent events concerning immigration issues in the United States, several people at the SSW have asked what rights they, or others, may have if immigration officials approach them. iAmerica is a national campaign driven by diverse organizations, created to offer informational tools and interactive opportunities for immigrants and their families to become full participants in our nation’s democracy. They have an online tool kit that you may find helpful. iAmerica also provides a Know Your Rights Card that you can print out to use and share with others. They also have mate

SGA Meeting Monday 4/3/17 (5pm in room 2w11)- All are welcome!

The SGA will be holding it's April meeting this upcoming Monday, April 3rd at 5pm. As always we will be in room 2w11 and food will be provided! We will be hearing from students interested in E-Board leadership positions for next year so please come and support your fellow students.

*Update* - Paint Night at the SSW with Painted Palette Baltimore 3/31/17 sponsored by the SGA

*If you are unable to register due to the event being full, please email Nicole McGill at to be placed on the waitlist. There is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate everyone but we will try.* The SGA is hosting a paint night event here at the School of Social Work with Painted Palette Baltimore! Come join your fellow social work students for an evening of painting and fun on Friday, March 31st at 6pm. BYOB (wine and beer only) Please drink responsibly and have a plan to get home safely. Food will be provided but feel free to bring something if you want. Tickets will be $20 CASH and paid at the door. Please try to have the exact amount. The Eventbrite tick

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