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Alumni Association's 2nd Annual "Critical Convo" Series


The UMSSW Alumni Association will host its virtual “Critical Convo” series in October. The “Critical Convo” series seeks to create dialogue and facilitate conversations on critical topics relating to social work education, research and the role of the profession in the community and beyond. The Alumni Association Board of Directors will serve as host and moderator for each event. We hope you can join us for at least one if not all, this fall.


October 5th (12:00 – 1:15 pm)

“Critical Convo” Topic: Child Welfare and Immigration

Speaker(s): Nadya Andrusik, LICSW, LCSW-C, Program Director for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors DC, Lutheran Social Services North Capital Area,

Barbara Pulgar, LCSW-C, MSW '05, Clinical Therapist, C.A.R.E Program, Lutheran Social Services North Capital Area, Isabella Suero-Stackl, LCSW, Program Director for the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program, Fairfax, VA, Lutheran Social Services North Capital Area


October 12th (5:30 - 6:45 pm)

"Critical Convo" Topic: Strategies to Educate and Support LGBTQ Emerging Adults

Speaker: Darren L. Whitfield, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work


October 19th (5:30 – 6:45 pm)

“Critical Convo” Topic: Child Welfare: Education to Practice

Speaker(s): Brandi Stocksdale, MSW '07, Director, Child and Family Services at Baltimore City Department of Social Services and Christopher Wirt, LCSW-C, MSW '03, Director, Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare

October 26th (12:00 - 1:15 pm)

“Critical Convo” Topic: BHWell Lab: Research to Practice

Speaker(s): Jodi Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work and Jay Unick, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work




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