SSW Dean Search Update from Search Chairs Tobin and Ward

The Dean Search Chair Donald Tobin and Co-Chair Roger J. Ward thank you for your assistance in making the first visit of Storbeck Pimentel so very successful earlier this week. First, Janice Hicks, Christina Fenwick, Devon Prater, and Justin Hanna made sure everything flowed beautifully. Associate Dean Amanda Lehning, and Associate Professor Jay Unick were invaluable in helping us try to secure the right times and invites. Each member of the school's community is valued and we hope to meet those who we did not meet earlier this week. Please participate when you can. Yesterday's input from faculty, staff and students was very insightful. Here is an email link to the Storbeck Pimentel sea

Interested in How the SSW Handles Disabilities?

Join us on Monday October 14th in the atrium for pizza from 5 to 6 PM! This is a chance to connect and gather interest for a related student group, Accessibility and Disability Discussion. Please bring your suggestions for how to make the SSW more accessible!! Feel free to contact us at with any questions or suggestions.

Governor Hogan Appoints the SSW's Jackson to the Maryland House of Delegates

Governor Larry Hogan has announced the appointments of Carl Jackson to the Maryland House of Delegates. The governor appointed Jackson following the recommendation of the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee. Also appointed was Cathi Forbes. “I am confident that Carl Jackson and Cathi Forbes will represent the citizens of Baltimore County admirably in their new role as state delegates,” said Governor Hogan. “I offer them both my sincere congratulations and look forward to working with them in the upcoming legislative session.” Jackson, an analyst at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, will represent District 8 serving Baltimore County. Forbes, a mediation coordinator f

Daily Record Honors SSW in its Reader Rankings

The School of Social Work was honored by The Daily Record's 2019 Reader Rankings Awards as one of its Best Graduate Programs. Three schools were recognized, the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Loyola University Maryland School of Education.

SSW's Shaia Contributes to New Report: A guide to incorporating a racial and ethnic equity persp

Wendy Shaia, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor and Executive Director of the SSW's Social Work Community Outreach Service, contributed to this recent report by Child Trends - How to Embed a Racial and Ethnic Equity Perspective in Research: Practical Guidance for the Research Process. The report may be found here:

A.O.W.G. October Meeting 10/14 5pm!

Please join the Anti-Oppression Work Group for our October Meeting on Monday, October 14 at 5pm in Room 4E08. We want to talk about the new dean search, DAO updates, and indigenous peoples day (among other topics). All are welcome!! Dinner will be provided!

Spanish Language Conversation Group Meetings (Oct. 14th and more!)

The Spanish Language Conversation Group continues to meet throughout this semester! Upcoming meetings include: Monday October 14th, 5-6 PM in 2E14 Thursday October 24th, 5-6 PM - special guest speaker Joshua Agren-Barnes in 2E14 Monday November 11th, 5-6 PM in 2E14 Friday November 22nd, 12-1 PM in 2E14 Tuesday December 3rd, 5-6 PM in 2E14 More details will be sent out about the meeting on Thursday October 24th, when guest speaker Joshua Agren-Barnes will talk about finding a job as a bilingual social worker.

Civil Rights Museum Trip!

Please join the Intersectional Feminism and Social Work group on a field trip to the Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum. We will be meeting at the museum on Saturday, October 12 at noon. If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please indicate it on the sign up sheet. Sign up here: The museum is located at 1320 Eutaw Place. Find more info here:

UMSSW Employees Are “Proud to Work Here. Proud to Give Here"

Last month’s Perks of Participation employee giving open house was a great success. Thank you to all who attended and showed that they are Proud to Work Here. Proud to Give Here. Here are a few pictures of proud UMSSW employees enjoying the event. If you were unable to join us but would still like to make your gift, you can do so online or by visiting the Development and Alumni Relations team on the fifth floor. To date, 20 faculty and staff members have made their 2019-2020 campaign gift, showing their pride for UMB and UMSSW. Last year, 50 donors had made gifts supporting a variety of social work funds. We need your help to reach our goal and beat last year’s performance. Can we count on y

PhD Student Shawna Murray-Browne Named CSWE Fellow

Shawna Murray-Browne, PhD student at the School of Social Work, was selected through a competitive process to join the 2019-2020 cohort of the Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program for doctoral students. MFP fellows are future leaders in social work practice, policy promulgation, research, and education who are committed to serving underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

Assistant Professor Theda Rose is Lead Author of New Research Published in the Journal of Youth and

Assistant Professor Theda Rose is the lead author of new research published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The manuscript is also co-authored by Tara Von Mach, MSW/MPH, a recent graduate from the SSW. The paper is titled, "Patterns of social connectedness and psychosocial wellbeing among African American and Caribbean Black adolescents." Abstract: Adolescents are connected to multiple and interrelated settings (e.g., family, school), which interact to influence their development. Using the National Survey of American Life-Adolescent (NSAL-A), a nationally representative cross-sectional survey, this study examined patterns of social connection and Black adol

Mattocks, Meyer, Hopkins and Cohen-Callow Published in the Journal of Community Practice

Recent PhD Graduate Nicole Mattocks and Associate Professors Megan Meyer, Karen Hopkins and the late Amy Cohen-Callow had their research published in the Journal of Community Practice. The work is titled "Clean and green organizing in urban neighborhoods: measuring perceived and objective outcomes." ABSTRACT One way in which urban community organizations attempt to improve neighborhood health is through cleaning and greening efforts. Few studies have evaluated how such efforts are related to changes in both residents’ perceptions of neighborhoods and objective community-wide cleaning and greening indicators over time. Draw

Proposals for the 2020 Training Institutes Due October 13

With 10 focus areas and 5 ways to present your program or strategies, the 2020 Training Institutes offers opportunity to share your expertise. Submit a proposal for the 2020 Training Institutes: What Could Be: Bolder Systems & Brighter Futures for Children, Youth, Young Adults & their Families. The theme challenges us to build on existing delivery systems for children’s services with new ideas and approaches. Learn more and submit:

MSW Student Alheri Speaks at FreeHer Conference

Foundation year student Onyinye Alheri spoke at the FreeHer Conference in Montgomery, AL this past weekend. The conference, convened by the National Council for Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Women & Girls, brings together individuals and organizations working to decrease the jailing and imprisonment of women, girls & femmes. Alheri is speaking as a member of the group Critical Resistance, a grassroots organization working nationwide to dismantle the prison industrial complex. She will be part of the opening plenary and provide a workshop on alternatives to calling the police.

School Funding In Maryland Forums Coming Up

There are a series of community forums happening in Maryland regarding the Kirwan Commission's school funding formula. Baltimore City's will be October 24th 6-8:30 pm at Dorothy I Heigh Elementary 2011 Linden Ave Baltimore 21217, but there is one happening in every county. Here you can RSVP and find the information for all of the forums happening in Maryland:

UMB Releases Executive Summary of SSW Climate Assessment Report

The School of Social Work has received the Executive Summary of the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership & Social Innovation’s report: Call to Character: Diversity. Equity. Inclusion at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and has posted it on its Diversity and Anti-Oppression Excellence web site. The report was commissioned by UMB’s Office of the President and is based on interviews and surveys completed in the spring semester of 2019. The executive summary is available for the use of all parties interested in considering additional ideas to best advance the diversity, inclusion, and anti-oppression goals of the SSW as framed in our strategic plan: to align all aspects of S

UMB Student Cookout October 23

STUDENT COOKOUT WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23 NOON TO 1:30 P.M. School of Nursing Courtyard Free to all UMB students, but tickets are required. REGISTER BY OCT. 18 @

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