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About the Bulletin

The SSW Bulletin is a bulletin that includes all relevant notices and deadlines from SSW. The Bulletin is distributed weekly during the summer and monthly during the academic year.

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.

JUNE 18, 2012

Monday, June 18
Tuesday, June 19
Wednesday, June 20
Thursday, June 21
Friday, June 22
Saturday, June 23
Sunday, June 24
After June 24
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards

Monday - June 18

Anti-racism Panel: Race and Racism in Clinical Practice

Monday, June 18, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Panelists: Kenta Asakura, M.S.W., Polly Hanson, LCSW, Lourdes Mattei, Ph.D., Mike Funk, Ed.D.

This presentation will explore what antiracism work looks like in day-to-day practice from the perspective of different clinicians. Panel members will present their efforts to apply an antiracism commitment to their clinical practice through brief case examples and engage with the audience around their ongoing journey in enacting antiracism practice. All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend the symposium. First year students are required to attend. For entering students, their experience of the symposium will be discussed with attention to interpersonal dynamics in the group class and with a focus on the beginnings of antiracist praxis in clinical work in practice class. The goals of the symposium will center around introducing students to the process of thinking through antiracism practice in clinical work. (read more)

Student Org Executive Meeting

Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Study Room

Students of Color EBoard Meeting

Mondays, 5:45-6:45pm, Scales Study Room

Tuesday - June 19

Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters for Social Workers - NEW

Tuesday, June 19, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Living Room
Learn how to target resumes and cover letters to the social work field at this informal 12:30-1:30pm workshop offered by the Lazarus Center for Career Development. All are welcome and feel free to bring your lunch.

Anti-racism Task Force Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, King Study Room
Come be a part of the ongoing work of the Anti-racism Task Force. The Task Force has been the engine for many of the changes brought about at Smith SSW as we have moved 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. It meets on Tuesdays at lunch (12:30-1:30) in the King Study room.

LGBTQQIAF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45pm, Scales Living Room
The Alliance general meeting is open to all members of the Smith SSW community who want a space to build community under the Queer umbrella. Allies are encouraged to join and are always welcome.

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops - For Faculty

Tuesday, June 19, 7:00-9pm, Seelye 101
The goal of this workshop is to provide summer teaching faculty ongoing support and space to reflect on classroom transactions in connection with diversity content. Participants and the facilitators will determine together which topics will be covered. Previous workshops have addressed such issues as:

  • use of self to further issues of diversity and ways of attending to diversity in all classes;
  • how to respond to student-faculty and student-student micro-aggressions around diversity content;
  • similarities and differences in racial identity development for minority and majority group participants;
  • other selected didactic content

This workshop is open to all summer teaching faculty. The adjunct teaching faculty is particularly encouraged to attend.

Tuesdays, Term 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101

Wednesday - June 20

Writing Center Workshop: Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review

Wednesdays, June 13, 20, 27, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This three-session workshop will use discussion and exercises to review common errors and stylistic dilemmas encountered by graduate-level writers. Participants should try to attend all three sessions for maximum benefit.

To register, just add your name to the sign-up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

Student Org General Meeting

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Living Room

DSO Weekly Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30, Campus Center 003 (CC003)

Social Welfare Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:40-1:20pm, King Lounge, Lower Level
Are you a new Smith SSW student interested in social justice issues? Or a returning student with a new passion for community change? Check out Smith's chapter of SWAA (Social Welfare Action Alliance)!

SWAA is a national organization of progressive workers in human services. Founded in 1985, the Alliance is based on key principles that reflect a concern for social justice, peace and coalition building with progressive social movements. These principles articulate a need by social service workers for a practice and theory that responds to progressive concerns. Our Smith-based SWAA chapter focuses on addressing the historic divide in our profession between clinical work and community/social justice work. There are many of us who would like to find a way to pursue both in our careers, and we create events, panel discussions, and opportunities for fellow students to talk about their passion for social justice and community change.

Unlearning Racism Group - NEW

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, King Study
The purpose of the Unlearning Racism group, historically attended by white students, is to engage in an anti-racism commitment through personal responsibility. The group provides a supportive environment where we can explore and question our roles in the perpetuation of racism. Among other things, we examine the white privilege from which we have benefitted and try to understand how we can become allies to our colleagues of color. We acknowledge that we are responsible for how we respond to racism in our daily lives, in our work with clients and on the systemic level. We know that our choices and actions make a difference.

Students of Color Council Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, Scales Living Room

Thursday - June 21

LGBTQQIAF Alliance - Task Force Meeting

Thursdays, 12:30pm, Scales Study Room
This meeting is open to all SSW students who wish to help plan events and meetings for/with the Alliance. Bring your ideas (and your lunch)!

Friday - June 22

SSW Community Open Mic - NEW

Friday, June 22, 5:30pm, Mwangi House (under Davis Ballroom)
Our first-ever community open mic event featuring poetry, stories, monologues, spoken word, and songs. We would like to invite anyone in the Smith community who'd like to share to sign up! Pieces should be no more than five minutes in length. Original and borrowed pieces are both welcome. This is a very informal, laid-back, low-pressure event and we especially welcome unpolished pieces. We are envisioning an evening of authentic expression and mutual inspiration. And of course, feel free to come and just be in the audience - all students are welcome!

To sign up to share at the open mic event, please email Alex Kim at akim@smith.edu by Wednesday, June 20, 2012. You will also be able to sign up at the event.

Hosted by the Council for Students of Color with support from Student Org, LGBTQQIF Alliance, SWAA, Men at Smith, Holistic Healing Group, and Jewish Student Alliance.

Shabbat Dinner - NEW

Friday, June 22, 7:30pm, Scales Living Room
Join Jewish Students Alliance and Holistic Healing and Meditation group for a potluck Shabbat Dinner. Please bring a vegetarian side dish or a dessert. All are welcome, including Jews and Jew-curious folk, families, kids, friends, faculty, and staff. Hope to see you there!

Saturday - June 23

RAD Self Defense Series

Saturday, 23, 1:00-5:00pm, Scott Gym,
RM 115
.
Come to this FREE self-defense series led by Campus Safety and Security. The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) system is a nationally-known program and is being offered as part of sexual assault prevention efforts on campus. Each day of programming builds upon previous classes, so try to make all three Saturdays. In addition to learning valuable defense skills, this program is sure to be a great physical release for the stress of the Smith SSW summer. This training is for women only. Any men interested in such training should contact the Office of the Dean.

sunday - June 24

After June 24

Health Insurance Plan Information Session - NEW

Monday, June 25, 12:30-1:30, King Living Room
Come hear about the health insurance plan being offered in the coming year. The costs of the plan will decrease as a result of the school becoming part of a larger consortium of Massachusetts schools offering health insurance.

June 25, 2012: Lydia Rapoport Lecture:
Human Goodness: Theoretical Basis and Technical Applications
- NEW

Salman Akhtar, M.D.

Monday, June 25, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Appearing to be totally free from moral anchors, psychoanalytic theory does contain scattered views on human goodness. Surveying the writings of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Donald Winnicott, Erik Erikson, and Wilfred Bion reveals that the psychoanalytic portrayal of 'goodness' consists of (i) rationality, restraint, epistemic enthusiasm, and striving for syntheses, (ii) humility, gratitude, empathy, and reparation, (iii) authenticity, concern for others, and playfulness, (iv) trust, generativity, and care, and (v) truthfulness and faith. Such 'goodness' seems to have a multifaceted impact upon the day-to-day work of the psychoanalyst. Eight different ways in which this is evident include the therapist's (1) providing goodness to the patient; (2) behaving with good manners; (3) seeing goodness in the patient; (4) accepting the patient's goodness; (5) diagnosing and analyzing false goodness; (6) interpreting the patient's defenses against the analyst's goodness; (7) interpreting the patient's defenses against his own goodness; and, (8) exploring the history and meanings of the word 'good' for the patient. These measures will be discussed utilizing illustrations from movies, popular literature, poetry, and clinical work.

Job Search and Networking Techniques for Social Workers - NEW

Tuesday, June 26, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Study Room
Learn about tools and techniques for networking and job hunting in the social work field at this informal workshop offered by the Lazarus Center for Career Development. All are welcome and feel free to bring your lunch.

Presentation on Poetry by Dr. Salman Akhtar - NEW

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00-8:30pm, Neilson Browsing Room
Distinguished visiting Lydia Rapoport Professor, Dr. Salman Akhtar, will give a presentation on his poetry for the SSW community. Dr. Akhtar has published seven collections of poetry and serves as a scholar-in-residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Please join Dr. Akhtar for what should be an interesting presentation.

Presentation on Silence by Dr. Salman Akhtar - NEW

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00-8:30pm, Neilson Browsing Room
Distinguished visiting Lydia Rapoport Professor, Dr. Salman Akhtar, will give a presentation on the topic of silence for the SSW community. Please join Dr. Akhtar for what should be a rich presentation and discussion.

Administrative Announcements

Regalia for Commencement (Faculty and Graduating Students) - NEW

By now all faculty and potential August graduates should have received an email with information about ordering regalia for commencement. The deadline is Friday, July 6, 2012, so please contact Valerie Abrahamsen at vabraham@smith.edu immediately if you did not receive the email. (Students would have received the email at their Smith Mail addresses.)

Understanding AP Style: Two Useful Resources

If you feel unsure about using APA style, the Writing Counselors recommend that you view the two APA resources on the Moodle page "Writing Resources." You are already enrolled.

On this page you will find a link to the very user-friendly Purdue Online Writing Laboratory on APA style. You will also find a link to an online tutorial on using APA.

Anti-Racism Consultation Committee

The Anti-Racism Consultation Committee (ARCC) was formed about one year after the Anti-Racism Task Force, in 1995. Its purpose is to be available to any member of the SSW community for consultation about issues of race, ethnicity, culture and social justice. To learn more about this committee and to see a list of committee members, please visit http://www.smith.edu/ssw/about_antiracism_committee.php

Thesis Information

Thesis Submission Hours & Dissemination Information - NEW

For the week beginning Monday, June 18, Laurie Wyman will be available to receive your submissions in Lilly Hall, RM 218:

MON 6/18 8:30am-1:00pm AND 2:15pm-4:00pm
TUE 6/19 8:30am-1:00pm AND 2:15pm-4:00pm
WED 6/20 8:30am-1:30pm AND 3:00pm-4:00pm
THU 6/21 8:30am-1:00pm AND 2:15pm-4:00pm
FIR 6/22 8:30am-noon DEADLINE DAY


Extra copies of materials handed out at the dissemination meeting on June 13 can be found outside Laurie's office (Lilly 218). Please complete the Research Presentation Plans form and send to Laurie asap.

General Notices

List of Local Summer Camps, Programs, Schools, and Daycare - NEW

The school has prepared a list of local summer camps, local summer programs and schools, and local special programs, schools, and daycare centers for anyone interested in summer child care. To receive a copy of the local camps, programs, and schools, please email Doreen Underdue at dunderdu@smith.edu. This list is also for viewing in the main office in Lilly Hall.

Public Phones at Smith College - NEW

There are public phones available for SSW use on the first floors of Seelye Hall and College Hall.

Drinking Water Locations in Wright Hall

There are two drinking fountains in Wright Hall (the building that houses Weinstein Auditorium).

One is on the entry level to the left after you enter and through the swinging doors.

The other is on the auditorium level towards the bathrooms and is accessible at night; the fountain has a faucet set high for water bottles.

Lost and Found

There will be a lost and found bin in the main office in Lilly Hall (Room 101). You may come by to retrieve lost items any time between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Ongoing Events

Also see the SSW events calendar for all regularly schedule weekly events: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/about_news_calendar.php

Anti-racism Task Force Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, King Study Room

DSO Weekly Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:15-1:30pm, Campus Center 003 (CC003)

LGBTQQIAF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45pm, Scales Living Room

LGBTQQIAF Alliance - Task Force Meeting

Thursdays, 12:30pm, Scales Study Room

Social Welfare Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:40-1:20pm, King Lounge, Lower Level

Students of Color Council Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, Scales Living Room

Students of Color EBoard Meeting

Mondays, 5:45-6:45pm, Scales Study Room

Student Org Executive Meeting

Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Study Room

Student Org General Meeting

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Living Room

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, King Study