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July 17, 2009


Six doctoral and 109 master’s degrees will be awarded Aug. 14.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass – Gary Bailey, an expert on social justice and human rights issues, will deliver the commencement address to 115 graduate students during the Smith College School for Social Work’s 89th ceremony.

Bailey, an associate professor at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work in Boston, will speak Friday, Aug. 14, at 4 p.m., in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility. The event is free and open to the public.

Named a Social Work Pioneer in 2005 by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Bailey is a sought-after consultant on topics that include international social work practice, elder and family housing programs, and working with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities.

Bailey has served on numerous boards and committees, including the advisory committees for the Massachusetts Departments of Mental Health and Social Services. He also chaired the board of directors for the AIDS Action Committee of Boston and co-chaired the Children’s Hospital Community Advisory Board.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Bailey earned his bachelor’s degree from the Eliot Pearson School of Child Study at Tufts University in 1977, and his master’s of social work from the Boston University School of Social Work in 1979. In addition to his post at Simmons, Bailey also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Boston University School of Public Health.

One of the oldest and most distinguished schools for clinical social work in the United States, the Smith College School for Social Work enrolls women and men pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in social work with a concentration in clinical practice. Students alternate three summers of intensive on-campus classroom instruction with two eight-month periods of extensive fieldwork in agencies across the country.

Since its founding in 1918, the school has led the field in developing innovative educational and fieldwork responses to war and trauma.


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