Planning or Considering an Online Event this Academic Year? We Need to Hear From You!

If you are a member of the SSW community (student, staff or Faculty) and are planning or considering an online event this upcoming academic year please reach out to the SSW right away. Events would be something over and above the normal meeting or get togethers one can host already through WebEx or Zoom. We define an event as something for a large, public audience to attend like lectures, panel discussions, webinars, open houses and forums, etc. Please e-mail the communications office with your plans. It could be something as simple as letting us know you anticipate hosting a lecture in the spring, a voter form in October, or an alumni event with specific needs for breakout rooms. If you a

Virtual Book Chat with Nadine Finigan-Carr - Linking Health and Education for African American Stude

A Virtual Book Chat Thursday, July 30 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET Register Today! OR Watch live on Facebook Join Institute faculty Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr as she discusses the new edition of her book Linking Health and Education for African American Students’ Success, with moderator Dr. Richard Lofton, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Linking Health and Education for African American Students' Success examines health disparities and education inequities simultaneously and moves beyond a basic understanding of health and education in K-12 school programs. The structural inequalities which lead to reduced academic attainment mirror the social determinants of health. E

UMB Virtual Career Workshops Available for Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni

In partnership with UMB Student Affairs, UMB's Grid is launching a virtual workshop series called Career Lab for UMB to community members (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) who are seeking employment or seeking to expand their current career. This program was designed with a lens of interprofessional education and leadership and will provide skills that reflect its design. Skills include but are not limited to writing a CV, virtual interviewing, and public speaking. This virtual series is free and open to all UMB students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Visit here to see the upcoming calendar.

UMB Career Development Services for Employees

UMB is committed to helping employees be strategic about their career development, assisting with career decisions, and providing useful resources. Human Resources' Career Development Services is currently offering confidential phone and virtual appointments for UMB employees. If you would like to book an appointment, go to

#UMBSOLIDARITY Together Tuesdays

#UMBSOLIDARITY Together Tuesdays. We will spotlight a Black-led non-profit in Baltimore each Tuesday to encourage support, donations, and partnership. This week we spotlight Alkaline Bodies. They are a Tribal organization. Alkaline Bodies is an association that provides indigenous lifestyle solutions to promote proper nutrition. Alkaline Bodies utilize the ability to apply a disciplined regimen in combination with strategic elixirs, meal plans and alkaline products to achieve optimal health. For more information please go to For more information on Together Tuesdays please contact Kyla Liggett-Creel at If you would like to ad

PhD Student Danielle R. Phillips Accepted Into the International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilie

PhD Student Danielle R. Phillips has been accepted Into the International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience’s 2nd ISTN Cohort. The International Student Training Network (ISTN) is a program of the International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (INQYR), a research partnership between universities and community organizations across Canada, the US, the UK, Mexico, and Australia. ​The ISTN is designed to train the next generation of scholars to conduct research with Gender and Sexual Minority Youth (GSMY), with a particular focus on strengthening resilience through utilization of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in a global context.

Me and White Supremacy Discussion Group

The Anti-Oppression Work Group and the Alliance of Anti-Racist Social Work Practitioners are collaborating to facilitate a discussion group for the Me and White Supremacy workbook, by Layla Saad. This group is open to all social work students who identify as white or feel they have benefited from white privilege. Participants will complete the workbook on their own time and the group will meet at scheduled intervals to unpack, discuss, and offer support as we move through this crucial and challenging work. We are expecting everyone to purchase their own books, but please reach out if you are unable to acquire a book. The book can be purchased on Amazon. Our first meeting is scheduled for

SSW Anti-Racist Resource Library

Thank you to everyone who submitted resources for the SSW Anti-Racist Resource Library. Please continue to share additions directly to Miesha Williams from the SSW communications team at

Be a Peer Mentor to a New Student!

We are excited to continue our SSW Peer Mentoring Program for the 2020/ 2021 school year. Originally started in 2017, the program pairs continuing students (mentors) with incoming students (mentees) to provide guidance, answer questions, and to help connect with our large community. Mentors gain valuable leadership experience while sharing their knowledge. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete this form: Mentors are asked to participate in a 1-hour training to help you prepare for this role. Trainings are currently scheduled for following times: Monday, July 27th 5-6pm Wednesday, July 29th 12-1pm Once you have c

Virtual Face to Face with UMB President Jarrell and New SSW Dean Judy Postmus - July 30

Thursday, July 30, 2020 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Webex Welcoming Dr. Judy Postmus – New SSW Dean Brings a Commitment to Service and Inclusiveness to UMB Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell is a weekly interview program that serves as a forum for University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, to explore issues of interest to the UMB community with subject matter experts from UMB, government and health officials, and others. Members of the UMB community are invited to watch and listen. They also will have an opportunity to ask questions directly. The goal of the program is to keep the UMB community informed and connected while highlighting the outstandin

#UMBSOLIDARITY Together Tuesdays

#UMBSOLIDARITY Together Tuesdays. We will spotlight a Black-led non-profit in Baltimore each Tuesday to encourage support, donations, and partnership. This week we spotlight 10:12 Sports Inc. which is a 501c- focusing on mentoring, community building, tutoring, recreation, and sports. For more information you can access their website at For more information on Together Tuesdays please contact Kyla Liggett-Creel at If you would like to add a Black-led non-profit to be spotlighted please add them using the following link: Black-led non-profit

Study on Social Workers with Dual-Degrees

Many of our MSW alumni have dual degrees. If you have a dual degree, consider participating in a study that will contribute to the understanding of dual degree social workers’ professional identities and can inform social work education in preparing students for their careers. This study involves one 45-minute interview that will take place virtually. Contact Nia Johnson at Morgan State University:

CSWE Releases Substance Use Curricular Guide

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is pleased to release the Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice, the newest addition to the 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series. This specialized guide was created thanks to CSWE’s partnership with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the Opioid Response Network, a collaborative effort to provide free training and education that addresses the opioid health crisis. The Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use provides resources that will help prepare social work educators or any other educators/trainers responsible for teaching future professionals to practice in substance us

Roderick Rose Published in Journal of School Violence

Assistant Professor Roderick Rose and colleagues Paul Smokowski, Caroline Evans and Martica Bacallao have a new paper published in Journal of School Violence titled "A Group Randomized Trial of School-Based Teen Courts to Address the School to Prison Pipeline, Reduce Aggression and Violence, and Enhance School Safety in Middle and High School Students." ABSTRACT This study evaluated the efficacy of School-Based Teen Courts (SBTCs) using a rigorous experimental trial with 24 middle- and high-schools randomly selected to receive SBTCs (n= 12) or to business-as-usual without any SBTC program (n = 12). Analyses examined school-level longitudinal growth models and individual-level pretest-postt

Diaper Donations Needed in Baltimore City

Please support Dad’s United Organization (Community Partner of the School of Social Work) by donating diapers to a Black-led organization focusing on supporting fathers living in Baltimore City. You can order diapers through Amazon and have them delivered to Michael Cornish Druid Heights 2140 McCulloh Street Baltimore Maryland 21217. For more information please contact Kyla Liggett-Creel at

Kyla Liggett-Creel has been Named Baltimore Ceasefire Ambassador

Assistant Clinical Professor Kyla Liggett-Creel has been named Baltimore Ceasefire Ambassador. A Ceasefire Ambassador is someone who represents Baltimore Ceasefire 365 on behalf of the Organizing Squad to educate people about Baltimore Ceasefire 365 and upcoming Ceasefire weekends. The ultimate goal of Baltimore Ceasefire 365 is for everyone in the city to commit to zero murders. Throughout the year, this movement serves as a hub for organizations and citizens to support one another, work together, and share resources with the goal of seeing an end to murder in Baltimore City. For more information please contact Kyla at and go to

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