This is a reminder that ALL Social Work students must enter or update their Emergency Contact Information in SURFS by March 15, 2019. UMB requires this information as a condition of course registration. You will not be able to register for summer/fall 2019 if this information is not entered. More importantly, this information is required so that the person designated as your primary emergency contact will be notified if something happens to you or an emergency occurs on campus. Please check the accuracy of and/or update your emergency contact information today. This can be completed via SURFS.

TODAY: Spanish Language Conversation Group Movie Lunch

The Spanish Language Conversation Group is hosting a relaxed movie lunch on Friday March 1st at 12 PM! Meet in Room 4E26 to watch the film Coco. We will have Spanish subtitles. Feel free to bring a lunch. If you have to come late/leave early, no problem. Hope to see you there!

Diaper Donation Drive in 1st Floor Student Lounge

Diaper Donation Drive Do you know 1 in 3 families choose between providing their children with diapers or food? Approximately 25,000 children in Baltimore face diaper need and no state or federal assistance programs support the purchase of diapers. The MSW Parent Alliance and the Intersectional Feminism and Social Work Group are partnering with ShareBaby to collect the following new items for members of our SSW and local Baltimore community: Diapers Pull-ups Baby Wipes Diaper Cream Feminine Hygiene Products Please place all donations in the bins in the 1st Floor Student Lounge or the 1st Floor Copy Center. Questions? Please contact: mswparen

Black History Month, Read’s Drug Store, and the UMSSW

As Black History Month closes for 2019, we are reminded of the painful legacy of 400 years of slavery, in the U.S., and the aftermath of structural racism and enduring racial inequality. This is also a time to reflect on some of our paths of progress. One aspect of our local history that has been underappreciated is the significant role of Read’s Drug store—just 4 blocks from the SSW(at the corner of Howard and Lexington)—iin the early 1950s. Read’s was a large statewide chain with more than 30 restaurants (aka, lunch counters). Although sit ins to protest the segregated nature of these lunch counters started in 1953 in and around Baltimore, the first publicized sit ins to desegregate Rea

Dinner with the Deans (for students)

March 25, 2019, 5pm-6pm Room 3E14B & 3E4AB, 5pm-6pm (dinner will be provided) Please RSVP to: and share your thoughts about topics of interest for discussion.

Queer Community Alliance meeting TUESDAY March 12th

Join us for the first QCA meeting on a Tuesday, by popular demand! We will be discussing LGBT+ inclusion in the SSW curriculum. The meeting with be Tuesday, March 12 from 5-6pm in SSW 2W11. Dinner will be provided. Bring a friend! As always, allies welcome!

Behavioral Health Trends and Challenges: Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Montgomery County

Join Alumni at the Shady Grove Campus to kickoff National Social Work Month! Wednesday, March 6 from 5 to 7 PM UMSSW USG Alumni Recognition Award to Veronica E. Cruz, LCWSW-C, MSW '06 CEO, Cruz and Associates, LLC Followed by a discussion on Behavioral Health Trends and Challenges: Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders in Montgomery County Moderator: Melissa Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work Panelists: Uma Ahluwalia, Principal, Health Management Associates Meghan Westwood, LCSW-C, Executive Director Maryland Treatment Centers, Inc. Shelly Wiechelt, PhD. Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Drs. Shaia & Dababnah Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Dr. Wendy Shaia, Executive Director of SWCOS, recently published an article with Dr. Sarah Dababnah, PhD graduate Helen Nichols, MSW/MPH student Nicole Garbarino, and MSW graduate Karen Campion. The article, "Brief Report: Participation of Black and African-American Families in Autism Research," focused on ways to increase the participation of Black and African-American families in autism research. The link to the full article in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders is here:

Title IX Workshop!

Join us for a comprehensive Title IX Workshop on March 11, from 12:15 – 1:15pm, in Rm. 2E06! Food will be served! Our school’s Title IX coordinator will be visiting to explain students’ rights and University of Maryland’s responsibilities under Title IX. She will also be answering any questions that students might have. This event is co-sponsored by Intersectional Feminism and Social Work and the Parent Alliance. Questions? Email or

Nominate Faculty for the SGA Exemplary Faculty Award by March 29

Faculty award: It's time for your voices to be heard? The Student Government Association, in collaboration with the SSW Graduation Planning Committee, is asking that you nominate and outstanding professor for the SGA Exemplary Faculty of the Year Award. Please select a professor from the list on the faculty homepage. Make sure to provide details about why you are nominating this person, including their ability to teach effectively, engage students, and how they have exceeded your expectations. Deadline is March 29.

Nominate an Exemplary Macro and/or Clinical Student by March 29

Each year the UMB School of Social Work honors three students for outstanding achievement within the school. Field instructors nominate field students, but faculty, staff and students provide nominations for the exemplary clinical and macro student graduates. Cast your vote here today! Please use the guidelines below and provide a summary of why you feel the nominated student is deserving of the award. • Nominee must be graduating in December 2018, May 2019 or July 2019 Nominee has: • Demonstrated exemplary leadership • Been involved in volunteer activities that have motivated and inspired others • Been a success in advocating for others or organizations • Made a significant con

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Submit Your Video to be Considered for the 2019 Convocation Speaker!

If you are interested in this opportunity to address your class and invited guests, please submit a 5 minute video file of you delivering your speech to by March 29th at 11:59PM. The topic for the speech is based on the NASW theme for 2019: Elevate Social Work. The way you approach this topic is totally your own. You can record your speech on your own or you can arrange a time with SSW Media Center (4th floor) to record there. Please not that you need to provide advance notice and make arrangements with Mr. Branden Green or Mr. Tom Mitchell tmitchell@ssw.u

Submit Photos of your SSW Events and Experiences for the Convocation Slideshow 2019

The SGA graduation planning committee is collecting photos to be showcased during a slideshow for our May graduation. We are asking the class of 2019 to submit relevant pictures from events and experience throughout the year. The slideshow will play at the beginning of the ceremony as people are taking their seats. All pictures will be screened for appropriateness and then added to the slideshow. We look forward to creating lasting memories of this special day. Please submit uploaded photo files to The deadline to submit photos is May 3, 2019.

SGA General Body Meeting 3-4-19 @ 5PM

Join the SGA for our monthly meeting. We will be sharing updates pertaining to new student leaders, discussing upcoming student lead events and sharing information regarding the culture and climate of the UMSSW. Looking forward to you joining us for fellowship and discussion over food. If you have any questions, please contact SGA Executive Board at Meeting location: SSW room 2E29.

International Field Placement Panel Sponsored by ISWO on March 11

Please join the International Social Work Organization on Monday, March 11th from 5:00 - 6:00 PM in room 2E10 and listen to the experience of students that had an International Field Placement. Dinner will be served. Any questions please email

National Social Work Month Kickoff Breakfast March 1

Help us kickoff National Social Work Month this Friday, March 1st from 8:30 am - 10:00 am. Join us for breakfast in the atrium. You'll have a chance to win some UM SSW swag. Hope to see you there!


Thanks to everyone who has shown interest in the Me & White Supremacy Workbook group! As a reminder, you can download the book for free, and read more about Layla F. Saad, the author, at the following link: We received many responses to the initial Google Form to get a sense of availability. Based on the responses and other logistics, we have set meetings days and times! Remember, attendance at the meetings is not mandatory, but are meant to supplement & support your 28-day journey with the Workbook. We've created a registration form to get a better idea of who will be in attendance at the meetings. Going forward, emails with logistics and reminders/prompts

Spanish Language Conversation Group Meetings

Join LUCHA and the Spanish Language Conversation Group for a joint meeting on Friday, March 8th! LUCHA will provide Pan Dulce. The group will discuss Spanish language and identity, and have opportunity for Spanish language conversation practice. We will meet at 12.30 PM in Room 2W11 in the School of Social Work. Hope to see you there!

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