President's Student Leadership Institute: Now Accepting Applications

The President’s Student Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore is now accepting applicants for our 2020-2021 cohort. PSLI is a free co-curricular certificate program designed to strengthen leadership skills and career readiness through workshops and community service. Once completed, students will receive a certificate signed by the University President and an interprofessional medallion to wear during commencement ceremonies. We are also excited to announce that PSLI will be hosted 100% virtually for the coming year. Once enrolled, students can select multiple specializations within the program and have the option of completing it synchronous or asynchronous. Applicat

SGA Orientation Powerpoint Posted

The information presented at orientation by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the student-led Anti-Oppression Work Group (AOWG) has been been posted on the SSW website. Link: The powerpoint includes information about joining student-led groups, school resources, leadership opportunities, and a brief overview of efforts by students/faculty/staff/administration to combat institutional racism and oppression at the School of Social Work. Please feel free to reach out at if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

Join the UMSSW's Social Work Affinity Space Initiative (SWAS)

In response to the needs of our school community, and in an effort to further our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is piloting the Social Work Affinity Space Initiative (SWAS). SWAS provides an opportunity for people to connect with others who share aspects of their identity. Affinity spaces are an effective means by which people can explore aspects of their identity, share experiences, and wrestle with questions. Affinity groups are not focused on exclusion, but rather on support and accountability. We hope these spaces can foster connection, cultivate a sense of community and ensure that members of the SSW community experienc

Restorative Practices in Action (RPA) Pilot Initiative @ the SSW

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the SSW wishes to share some exciting news regarding our ongoing efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. As many of you are aware, implementing restorative practices was a key feature of both the SSW Climate Assessment and the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Report. Restorative practices promote equity and inclusion, and can be very effective in repairing harm after conflicts. To that end, we are pleased to announce that this Fall, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will launch the Restorative Practices in Action (RPA) Pilot Initiative. As part of this initiative, we are co-hosting a Restorative Practices Virtual Symposium al

Welcome to the First ISWO Meeting!

The first International Social Work Organization meeting of the school year will be coming up soon! Come join us for a (virtual) lunch on September 14th, at 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Feel free to email if you have any questions: We will see you then!

Research Assistant Opportunities at the School of Social Work

MSW Students - Are you interested in becoming a Research Assistant on faculty research projects here at the School of Social Work? This is an opportunity to make money and learn the process of social science research. Each semester, we collect information and resumes from interested students and make them available to our faculty. If you are interested in working for a faculty member, please click the link below, fill out the informational survey, and upload your resume. Please upload your information as soon as possible as we would like to have information in order to get resumes to faculty who are hiring. Thank you for consi

Drs. Frey (SSW) and Cloeren (SOM) Receive Funds from Maryland Department of Health for Their Opioid

Dr. Marianne Cloeren (UMSOM) and Dr. Jodi Frey (UMSSW) are Co-Principal Investigators on a new grant project, entitled, Workplace PROSPER: Partnering to Reduce Opioid Stigma and Promote Employment in Recovery. This competitive award in response to a Request for Applications (RFA), “Improving Management of and Response to Opioids in the Maryland Workplace” is funded under two U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreements with the Maryland Department of Health. The grant will run 7/1/2020 – 11/30/2022. The purpose of this project is to provide expertise that will help the State of Maryland develop a durable and sustainable set of resources to support employees an

Graham and Colleagues Published in Injury Prevention

Assistant Professor Laurie Graham and colleagues have a new paper published in Injury Prevention that examined the total contribution of intimate partner violence to violent deaths in North Carolina from 2010-2017. Using data from the North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System, the interdisciplinary research team found that intimate partner violence contributes to more than 1 in 10 violent deaths (10.3%). More details can be found at

Corey Shdaimah Published in Ethics and Social Welfare

Professor Corey Shdaimah and a colleague have a new paper published in Ethics and Social Welfare. Title: ‘The Faintest Stirring of Hope Became Possible’: Pandemic Postscript Many of the concerns laid out by the authors in our special issue (No 1, Vol. 14), Ethical Conflicts in Social Work Practice: Challenges and Opportunities, have been brought into sharp relief during the COVID19 pandemic. It is our shared hope that social work will lead the way in making this greater urgency as an opening for greater opportunities. This postscript is based on our reflections during these days of crisis. We know that the pandemic is still extracting a heavy human, social and economic toll. Billions of

Debunking the Myth Of "Only Child Syndrome"

Whether you are one or you know one, most of us have a perception of what we think only children are like — and unfortunately, these views of only children are not always positive. SSW Professor Geoff Greif is interviewed in a story that explores the myths surrounding only children that date as far back as the 1800s. Read More

#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 City Weeds. The mission is To Plant seeds of independence & sustainability within disenfranchised communities today, to feed & grow the leaders of tomorrow. For more information please go to 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

Field Orientation for Foundation Students

Welcome to 2020-2021 Academic School Year. Field Orientation is mandatory for Foundation students entering field for the first time. Orientation will be held Tuesday 8/18, Thursday 8/20 and Friday 8/21. If you have not already done so please visit the following link:

#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 Ceasefire. The ultimate goal of Baltimore Ceasefire 365 is for everyone in the city to commit to zero murders. We are starting by calling ceasefire weekends, where we ask everyone to be peaceful and celebrate life. In doing the outreach for ceasefire weekends, residents are: helping each other get the resources they need in their lives, having conversations with each other about how to handle conflict differently, making commitments to one another to be non-violent in thoughts, words, and deeds, for AT LEAST the ceasefir

Fall 2020 New Student Orientation - Monday, August 17, 2020

OSS hopes this finds you well and ready for the Fall 2020 school semester. As you know, per the University’s guidelines this year’s mandatory Orientation will be hosted on-line. Information regarding Orientation was e-mailed to students on Thursday, August 13, 2020 and can found at If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact The Office of Student Services at We look forward to seeing you virtually on Monday, August 17, 2020.

Corey Shdaimah Published in Ethics & Social Welfare

The SSW's Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice Corey Shdaimah and co-author Roni Strier have a new editorial published in Ethics and Social Welfare that reflects on the profession's responsibility and opportunities for social action during the pandemic. The article follows Shdaimah and Strier's co-edited Special Issue (volume 14/1) on Ethical Conflicts in Social Worker Practice: Challenges and Opportunities. Roni Strier & Corey Shdaimah (2020) ‘The Faintest Stirring of Hope Became Possible’: Pandemic Postscript, Ethics and Social Welfare, DOI: 10.1080/17496535.2020.1798603

Bethany Lee Published in Social Work Research

Professor Bethany Lee and colleagues have a new paper published in Social Work Research. Title: Parent, Child, and Adoption Characteristics Associated with Post-Adoption Support Needs The purpose of this study is to (a) identify whether there are meaningful subgroups of families with distinct post-adoption needs and (b) determine which parent, youth, and adoption characteristics are associated with these collections of needs. Using data from the Modern Adoptive Families study, authors conducted a three-step latent class analysis with a sample of 1,414 families who rated the importance of 16 areas of parent education and support, based on their current level of need. A five-class solution be

Baltimore City Seeking Spanish Speaking Case Managers

The Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success ( encompasses the Community Action Partnerships around the City. There are five locations working to make a large cultural shift within our organization to move from a transactional model to a case management model to help families work toward breaking the cycles of poverty. As such, they are also working to increase our impact among our Hispanic residents. Do you know of anyone who may be interested in joining the team? They are currently working to fill two Human Services Manager roles. We are specifically targeting Baltimore City’s bilingual community in an effort to promote equity among the Hispanic residents of Balt

McCarthy, Lee and Colleagues Published in Children and Youth Services Review

PhD Student Lauren McCarthy, Professor Bethany Lee and colleagues from the Department of Human Services have a new paper published in Children and Youth Services Review that explores a summer camp for siblings in foster care. Using data collected from interviews with counselors and former campers, McCarthy and Lee found that the camp had a lasting positive impact for campers' relationships with siblings, peers, and caring adults as well as benefits for the counselors. More details can be found at:

Interested in Joining OASIS E-Board?

The Organization of African American Students in Social Work (OASIS) is seeking Executive Board Members for the upcoming school year. This is a great opportunity to get involve and network with other students while we tackle this semester virtually. The following positions that are currently open: Treasurer and Event Planner. If you're interested or have any questions please email

The SSW's Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Receives Funding

The SSW's Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center has received just over $1-million dollars from the State of Maryland in continued funding. The purpose of this Center is to conduct advanced statistical analyses with statewide data linked across public sectors, including K-12 education, higher education, labor, and juvenile services. This research practitioner partnership will provide policy and practice implications to promote better academic, workforce, and behavioral outcomes for students in Maryland.

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