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About the Bulletin

The SSW Bulletin is a monthly bulletin that includes all relevant notices and deadlines from SSW.

Students are welcome and encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. See posting rules.

Need more updates? The Bulletin will now be updated on Thursdays as well. Deadline for Thursday's issue will be Wednesday night, 10:00pm.

August 8, 2011

Monday, August 8
Tuesday, August 9
Wednesday, August 10
Thursday, August 11
Friday, August 12
Saturday, August 13
Sunday, August 14
After August 14
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards


MONDAY - August 8

Summer Lecture Series - International Field Placements and Social Work Education: Surfacing Cultural Assumptions Enacted in Clinical Practices

Catherine Nye, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Monday, August 8, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium

Learning about "culture" is central to social work education. Too often this learning focuses on accumulating information about our clients' cultures rather than on examining our own. Social work is a cultural practice which reflects and enacts cultural values and ideals. This lecture will explore the ways living and working in another culture can help surface the taken for granted cultural assumptons embedded in our own clinical practices. Because such assumptions shape and constrain our perceptions and behavior, becoming aware of them allows us to use ourselves more flexibly and appropriately in cross cultural encounters.

Read more.

CPP Meetup for First Year Students

Monday, August 8, 6:00-7:00pm, Cutter/Ziskind

Share concerns and hopes, find people to collaborate with, and make plans to share your progress throughout the year! Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) invites you to an open forum to meet with other first years who share the same CPP topic. Volunteer facilitators will be there to support the conversation, but we need YOU to be there to shape the conversation.

Meeting rooms and facilitators
Immigration: Cutter Head Resident Suite, Bronwyn Shiffer
LGBTQI: Cutter Beau Parlor, Jessica Rotem
Mental Health: Ziskind Beau Parlor, Deepa Ranganathan and Liz Hammond.

Attention A11 & BS12 - Skits productions

August 8
Groups need to be ready to roll. Schedules for a full run-through will be established, props and costumes gathered, and final details ironed out.

Tuesday - August 9

Slanty Eyed Mama Performance

Tuesday, August 9, 8:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium

We are Julliard-trained classical artists who have taken on issues of race and gender by subverting stereotypes and discussing the misconceptions about Asian American women through spoken word, music and comedy. We take on multiculturalism through this Asian lens but are really talking about the marginalization of the "other" through language and myths about culture, hence the name "Slanty Eyed Mama." It is a subversive political act which empowers women through the knowledge about cross cultural issues, mother culture and the intersection of classical arts training with the language of hip hop and popular culture. We have been artists in residence at the Smithsonian Institute for two consecutive years during Asian heritage month, at the conference for women in performance, and at many international women's conferences. We spark conversation and advance the feminist rhetoric into the post-colonial discussion.

Wednesday - August 10

Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural Dialogues

Wednesday, August 10, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 110

Victoria Winbush, Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow, will be conducting cross-racial, cross cultural dialogues.

Each two-hour interactive session will use dialogue as a framework for building conceptual and affective understanding of the dynamics of cross-racial and cross-cultural interactions. Individual reflections, one-on-one interactions along with small and large group discussions will be used to create an environment for learning, exploring and skill building.

There will be three evenings of dialogues, one for each M.S.W. class year:

Class of 2013: July 27
Class of 2012: August 3
Class of 2011: August 10

Thursday - august 11

SSW Research Advising Assignments for the Class of 2012 and BS13 Students - NEW

Thursday, August 11, 6:00-7:00pm, Cutter Living Room

From Jean LaTerz, Thesis Coordinator: I know that you are anxious to get your advising assignments! These will be distributed at an all-class meeting. I will also announce those advisors who will be available to meet with you during lunch on August 12. You will see "tent cards" with advisor names distributed in the Ziskind Living Room and on certain tables in the dining area.

If you are unable to attend the Thursday evening meeting, please contact Laurie Wyman, x7974 as soon as possible. Thank you.

Friday - august 12

Dean's Conversation

Friday, August 12, 3:45-5:15pm, Cutter Living Room

Saturday - august 13


Sunday - august 14

Baccalaureate Event: Come One, Come All - NEW

Sunday, August 14, 6:00pm, Helen Hills Hills Chapel

The class of A11 cordially invites you to an evening of music, poetry, dance and spoken word in honor of finishing the summer and A11 finishing this program! Everyone is welcome.

After august 14

Administrative Announcements

Power Shutdown Update - NEW

Please note that the power shutdown for Albright, Chase, Duckett and Talbot on Wednesday, August 10, will start at 4:00am, not 5:00am as originally scheduled. Emergency generator-powered lights will be on during these times, but any electric items in your room such as clock radios, computers, printers, etc. will not be operational, so please plan accordingly.

Commencement Reception Tickets

On Monday, August 5, 5 graduation tickets for the commencement reception were put in your campus mailboxes. These tickets are required for you and your guests to attend the reception at the Campus Center. Please do not lose these - we cannot replace them.

You may purchase extra tickets at Lilly Hall 101 from August 1 through August 12. Additional tickets are $10.00 per person.

Mandatory Course Evaluations

Student evaluation of courses is a program requirement (see Master's Program Handbook, section 200.7C). Failure to complete a course evaluation by the deadline will result in:

The deadline for Term 2 course evaluations is Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11:00pm. Instructions can be found here.

End of Summer Deadlines

By now you should have received via Smith email an important notice listing dates, deadlines, and responsibilities for the end of the summer. We urge you to read these materials soon. Thank you!

Exit Interview Materials

Final Summer students: Exit interview materials for all final summer students will be at the campus post office by the end of this week. You will get a postcard in your mailbox telling you to pick up a packet from the campus post office. Please read it carefully and complete as directed. This is a requirement for you to get your diploma at graduation.

Winter Directory Information

Below is a link to our Winter Directory Information form. Please complete all portions of this form to give us your most updated information. Once you have finished filling it out please make sure to press the submit button, located on the bottom left of the form. This information is critical for school-related business and for helpful connections during the internship period. We may contact you about school business and publications; information from alumni placement area coordinators; and alumni-sponsored events in your area. We will continue to use Smith email for the bulk of our communications. Please send us your contact information via this form today. If we do not hear from you we will send all U.S. mail to your placement address. This form must be submitted by Monday, August 8. Thank you!

Anti-Racism Consultation Committee

The anti-racism consultation commmittee members are available to anyone who would like to have a discussion or dialogue about any concerns of a racialized nature on campus. Committee members can be contacted directly and they are: student reps - Maggie Matthew (A12) and Madeline Nussbaum (A11); council rep: Andrea Yoshida (A13); administrative staff: Idene Martin and Tonya Dixon; alumnae rep: Rani Varghese; faculty reps: Fred Newdom and Joyce Everett; and chair: Dennis Miehls.

Counseling and Therapy Databases on Trial this Summer - Extended Dates - NEW

Two databases of potential interest to social work students and faculty are currently on trial:

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works

Counseling and Therapy in Video

The trials run through August 20, 2011. You may connect to these databases from this page:

We welcome your feedback; please use the feedback form on the Trial Databases page (see link above) or via this link:

Thesis Information

For the A12 & AS12 Classes: ITS Training Sessions for the New Thesis Template

Monday, August 8 or
Tuesday, August 9, 12:50-1:30pm, Stoddard Auditorium

Please join Liane Hartman, TechTraining Coordinator, ITS, for one of two scheduled training sessions as she demonstrates the new template for thesis formatting. Time will allow for questions and answers. You can attend either the August 8 or the August 9 session, each from 12:50 to 1:30pm, Stoddard Auditorium. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

General Notices


Ongoing Events

Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Dewey Common Room

Come be a part of the commitment to our Anti-Racism Mission. The Anti-Racism Task Force has been the engine for many of the changes brought about at Smith SSW as we have along with our anti-racism commitment. The Task Force has been a very collaborative effort and a place where all constituents of the school have had a chance to work together.

Faculty liaison: Fred Newdom

Council for Students of Color Member Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, Ziskind Living Room

Join us for our general meeting providing a space to be yourself for all students of color (both masters and doctoral levels). We are a support and advocacy group that wants to know how students of color are doing on campus. Feel free to bring your dinner and your kids. See you there!

Dean's Conversations

Fridays, 3:45-5:15pm, Cutter Living Room

The dean's conversation is an opportunity for any member of the SSW community to explore contemplative practices, as well as to bring forth issues and ideas of importance to our community.

Holistic Healing and Meditation Group

Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:30am, Chase Lounge
Fridays, 1:00pm, Chase Lounge

Come join the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30am and Fridays at 1:00pm for a 30-minute silent sitting meditation. We meet in Chase Lounge on the first floor. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Instruction provided upon request. Contact Ali or Eric with questions. Don't miss out on this important opportunity for self care!

Jewish Student Alliance (JSA) Weekly Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:45-1:30pm, Ziskind Living Room

Are you Jew-curious? come have lunch with the good folks of Jewish Students Alliance (JSA) and join in our continued curiosity and exploration of Judaism!

JSA embraces a full spectrum of Jewish experiences and identity, including those with a strong religious background, those for whom being Jewish is important culturally, those with little knowledge about being Jewish, and those students who wish to connect with an aspect of Judaism. The group's format is a weekly informal discussion on a topic related to being Jewish, and time set aside for planning events including speakers and community-building activities.

LGBTQQIF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45-7:00pm, Ziskind Living Room

The Alliance is a welcoming space for the LGBTQ community and our allies at Smith SSW. All are welcome to join in as we build community, learn from one another and ourselves, and foster constructive action and dialogue. Feel free to bring your dinner!

Men at Smith

Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00pm, Ziskind Living Room

The Men at Smith Group is offered to support all self-identified men at Smith College SSW. It functions as an open and welcoming group. We meet every Wednesday.

Pedagogy and Diversity Seminars

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101

Norma Akamatsu and Joshua Miller

The Pedagogy and Diversity Seminar seeks to support all faculty teaching at SSW by creating a space where professor can discuss how issues of diversity, social identity and social oppression influence their teaching, the classroom environment, student interactions, and the overall campus culture and climate. Pedagogy and diversity is a major vehicle for furthering the SSW's anti-racism mission statement by deepening the capacity of faculty to explore and develop their awareness and skills to manage the inclusion of this content while also processing issues that arise in the classroom. The seminar will include a mixture of discussion, problem solving, presentations, and exercises that will be developed by participants and the facilitators. The minutes of each pedagogy and diversity session are posted on Moodle and distributed to all SSW faculty for information and resource sharing, comment and dialogue. All who are teaching at SSW are welcome.

CEUS are available for this seminar. Faculty attending four of the five sessions will receive 10 CEUs at the end of the summer (upon completing an evaluation). We are happy to offer this at no cost to our wonderful adjunct faculty.

SWAA - Social Welfare Action Alliance

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Cutter-Ziskind

"The real choice before us as social workers is whether we are to be passive or active." - Bertha Capen Reynolds

Come be active with the SCSSW chapter of SWAA! Weekly meetings held in Cutter-Ziskind on Wednesdays at lunch.

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:50pm, Ziskind Parlor

The foundational principles of the group are an emotional space, mutual support and accountability around issues of race and racism. This group is open to the entire student body and has historically been a space for white students to unpack, share, and reflect on privilege and embedded internal racism.