July 26, 2010

Monday, July 26
Tuesday, July 27
Wednesday, July 28
Thursday, July 29
Friday, July 30
Saturday, July 31
Sunday, August 1
Ongoing Meetings/Events
After August 1
Announcements, Notices, and Awards

MONDAY - July 26

Jewish Students' Alliance - Campus Center "Field Trip" to Special Exhibit - NEW

Monday, July 26, 12:40-1:30pm, Campus Center
From Amanda:

Jewish Students Alliance will hold our weekly lunchtime meeting at the Campus Center on Monday, July 26. We will be touring the exhinit "A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany 1933-1942" in the Campus Center's Arts Lounge. Join us for this "field trip" and then eat lunch with us as we discuss our impressions of the exhibit (either on the lawn or in the Campus Center). Join at any point and feel free to call if you can't find us - Amanda: (415) 606-3690.

See full description of JSA here.

SSW Career Fair
Monday, July 26, 4:30-6:30pm, Campus Center - Lower Level
The CDO is hosting our 2nd annual School for Social Work Career Fair. If you're eager to meet with representatives from organizations to discuss a broad range of social work career opportunities, save the date and stay tuned for more details!

Special Anti-Racism Task Force Meeting - NEW

Monday, July 26th, 5:40 pm, Ziskind Living Room
Two weeks ago, on July 6th, many of us came together as part of a beginning dialogue to examine the manner with which our many communities at SSW negotiate, struggle with, and give voice to the pervasive, disparate impacts of racism on campus and in the greater community.

At the end of the dialogue, those in attendance agreed that its salient points would be collected by email, collaboratively reviewed by students and administration, and then disseminated, again, by email, to the greater school community. In this way, we hoped to capture and give witness to the variety and intensity of the voices that arose from this powerful gathering.

However, in the spirit of true collaboration, the students and administration, who collected and reviewed the points emailed to us, invite you back for a second meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there to help the SSW community take the next step in reviewing and redefining the school’s anti-racism mission. 

(There will be no Anti-Racism Task Force meeting on Tuesday 7/27/10).

Thesis Poster Session

Monday, July 26, 7:00-8:30pm, Museum Atrium
All are invited to attend the Smith College School for Social Work Class of 2010 Thesis Poster Session. Come and view students' poster displays of their thesis project. See and hear about students' cutting edge, current research on a variety of social work related issues. Students who will be displaying their posters include:

Lauren Baron, Alexander Ebken, Miriam Elwell, Rebecca Fox, Hilary Garrison-Botsford, David Gross, Emily Kalafarski, Brian Kellen, William Lee, Shamora Michelson, and perhaps more!

TUESDAY - July 27

Meditation Group

Tuesday, July 27, 7:30am, Talbot

RefWorks Workshops (4 new dates) - NEW

Tuesday, July 27, 10:45am - 12 noon, Neilson Library Electronic Classroom
RefWorks is a program to store and manage your references and create APA-formatted reference lists. Learn how RefWorks can help you manage your research by attending one of our workshops:

  Tuesday 7/27 10:45am - 12 noon
  Thursday 7/29 1:45-3:00pm
  Sunday 8/1 4:00-5:15pm
  Friday 8/6 3:45-5:00pm


1st Year Thesis Orientation for M.S.W. '12 Students

Tuesday, July 27, 1:00-1:30pm, Ziskind Living Room
The moderator for the 1st Year Thesis Orientation will be Jean LaTerz. Dr. LaTerz, Thesis Coordinator, will give an overview of the thesis project and advising process. Time for questions and answers will follow.

LGBTQQIF Alliance Meetings - Summer 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 5:45-7:00pm, Ziskind Living Room - Alliance General Meeting

Theoretical Thesis Orientation and Colloquium

Tuesday, July 27, 7:00-8:30pm, Ziskind Living Room
Christy O'Brien and Colleen Roos will present their theoretical theses.

Christy's thesis is entitled "Winnicottian object relations and behavioral theoretical conceptualizations of difficult-to-treat binge-type eating disorders: Proposal for a synthesized treatment approach through dialectical behavior therapy."

Colleen's thesis is entitled "Eating disorder prevention for the college-age female population: Past, present and future."

The presentations will be followed by a discussion of the format and process for theoretical theses.

On-Campus Film Festival - NEW

Tuesday - Friday evenings, 7:30pm, Stoddard Auditorium
Several student organizations are co-sponsoring a film festival this week on campus. All films will be followed by a discussion.

  Film Festival Schedule
  Tuesday 7/27 Paris is Burning (sponsored by the Alliance)
  Wednesday 7/28 Crash (sponsored by Council for Students of Color)
  Thursday 7/29 Crossing Arizona (sponsored by SWAA)
  Friday 7/30 Real Women Have Curves (sponsored by Size Matters)



Discussion on Silence in the Classroom - NEW

Wednesday, July 28, 7:00-9:00pm, Cutter Living Room
Ruth Spencer, 2nd term Bertha Reynolds Fellow, will facilitate a discussion group to address the experiences of those who have been silent in the presence of microagressions in the classroom. I ask that participants be those who were present during the LGBTQQIF training event and/or those who have experienced their own silence in the classroom at SSW during an incident of micro- or macroagressions.

Disability History Presentation and Discussion - NEW

Wednesday, July 28, 5:30-7:30pm, Dewey Common Room
July 26, 2010 is the 20th anniversay of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To mark this event there will be a presentation and discussion by Disability Historian and one of the founding fathers of the disability rights and Independent Living Movement. Please join us for a spirited presentation and lively discussion of how far we've come and what remains to be done to promote the equality and full inclusion of people with disabilities in American society.

Meditation Group

Wednesday, July 28, 7:30am, Talbot

LGBTQQIF Alliance Meetings - Summer 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 11:45am -1:30pm, Ziskind HR Suite - Task Force Meeting

Disability Awareness Group: Opportunities for Hope Beyond Stigma and Social Inequality

Wednesday, July 28, 12:30-1:30pm, Ziskind Beau Parlor

Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA)

Wednesday, July 28, 12:30-1:30pm, Cutter Beau Parlor

Writing Clearly and Concisely Workshop

Wednesdays, July 28 and August 4, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This 2-session workshop will focus on editing techniques for making social work writing more powerful and effective. Included will be discussion of active and passive voice, sexist language, and word choice.

Participants should try to attend both sessions.

To register for the workshop, add your name to the sign-up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

Council for Students of Color Meeting

Wednesday, July 28, 5:45pm- 6:45pm, Ziskind Living Room

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesday, July 28, 5:50pm, Ziskind Beau Parlor

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops with Mary Hall & Susan Donner -

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101
The goal of this workshop is to provide summer teaching faculty on-going 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 futher issues of diversity and ways of attending to diversity in all classes;
  how to respond to student-faculty and student-student microaggressions around diversity content;
  similarities and differences in racial identity development for minority and majority group participants;
  other selected didactic content, etc.


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

THURSDAY - July 29

Holistic Healing Group

Thursday, July 29, lunchtime, Ziskind HR Suite

Size Matters

Thursday, July 29, 5:30pm, Ziskind Parlor

Capoeira Club

Mondays (starting August 1) and Wednesdays (starting July 28), 6:00pm, Berenson Dance Studio 3, Mendenhall Center

Jewish Identity: A Struggle between Dominance and Marginality - NEW

Thursday, July 29, 6:00-7:30pm, Cutter Living Room

  In what spaces do Jewish folks feel a sense of power;
  what have been some of the effects of assimilation;
  how is history used as a vehicle for both understanding and/or justification of oppressive actions;
  what are the struggles today for various Jewish communities to have a voice both within and outside Jewish communities and the broader community?

Open to faculty and doctoral students.

Thesis Colloquium on Theater & Comedy Addressing Empowerment & Social Change - NEW

Thursday, July 29, 7:00pm, Location TBA
Are you a drama queen (or king)? Thought so. So come join drama queens Elizabeth Ehrenberg and Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley for our thesis colloquium on comedy groups for women and social change theater.

Confused about how these topics relate to clinical social work? So are we! We'll figure it out together!

Moderated by Megan Harding.

FRIDAY - July 30

Meditation Group

Friday, July 30, 12:00pm (noon), Talbot

Dean's Conversation

Friday, July 30, 3:00-5:00pm, Cutter Living Room
This conversation is an opportunity for members of the SSW Community to meet with the dean to discuss any issues of interest.

For this Term 2 session the dean will also focus on the topic of "Spirituality and Clinical Social Work Practice."

SATURDAY - July 31


Christian Worship Service -NEW

Saturdays, 5:00pm, Talbout House Lounge

International Party - Open to the Smith Community

Saturday, July 31, 7:00pm-1:00am, Mwangi Cultural Center
The Council for Students of Color is hosting the annual International Party. Please join us for the international food, drinks, dancing, open mic and lots of fun. Please share your singing, dancing, spoken word or any other talents during the open mic. To participate in the open mic, please email councilsc@smith.edu with your name and a brief description of your act. You can also sign up the day of the party. See you there!

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SUNDAY - August 1

Runners Wanted - NEW

Sundays, 7:15am - meet at State St. & Stoddard at the Northampton Bikeway
The Running Group meets every Sunday for a 7-10 mile run. Pace varies: 9-12min/mile. It's a great way to relax and get ready for the week ahead. Bring an old friend and meet new ones!

AFTER August 1

Council-Sponsored Thesis Colloquium - NEW

Tuesday, August 3, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 201
Antwan Nedd, Illana Jordan, and William Lee will present their thesis findings.

Refreshments will be served.

Bringing the Body into Therapeutic Treatment: Yoga, Eating Disorders and Trauma - NEW

Sunday, August 8, 10:00am-2:00pm, Berenson Leeds Studio (Mendenhall Center)
Maggie Juliano, founder of Spout Yoga will be hosting an experiential workshop for MSW students on how to integrate yoga into therapeutic treatment for individuals suffering from eating disorders as well as disorders that tend to co-occur with this illness. Maggie will integrate the impact of trauma on the body and how yoga postures and breathing can be used to alleviate eating disorders, anxiety, substance abuse behaviors and more.

This workshop is limited to 12 people, with the option of creating a 2nd workshop if there is enough interest.

Sponsored by the Holistic Healing Group and Meditation Group.

Space is limited - RSVP required; eEmail Nicole Vengrove.
Cost: $10, to be paid at time of RSVP.

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Students Continuing on to Field Internships - NEW

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 helpful connections during the internship period, including but not limited to: school business and publications; information from alumni placement area coordinators; and notice of alumni- sponsored events in your area.  We will continue to use Smith email for the bulk of our communications.

There will be no reminders, so please click on the link below to send us your contact information 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 9th. Thank you!


Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow

Ruth Spencer, J.D., M.S.S.A., is the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at Vassar College. She served as the head of Human Resources at Oberlin College for over 10 years. In addition, she has directed a mental health center. She has been a Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow as well as an adjunct assistant professor at SSW for many years, teaching law and social policy courses. She has had extensive clinical social work experience in inpatient, outpatient and correctional psychiatric settings. Ruth earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Oberlin, her master's degree in social work at the Mandel School at Case Reserve University, and her law degree at CWRU. This summer she will participate in the Anti-Racism Consultation Committee during 2nd term. She will also be available to all members of the SSW community for consultation about anti-racism issues.

Office location: Green Street Classroom Annex* 205 (*old Engineering building)

Office hours: Wednesday, 9:00-11:00am and Thursday, 2:00-4:00pm. To arrange an appointment, please email her at ruspencer@vassar.edu

Paradise Road Closed

Paradise Road will be closed for construction from July 12 - August 6.

ALL STUDENTS GOING INTO FIELD: Health Insurance Enroll or Waiver

Letters have been place in your student mailboxes explaining how to sign up for or waive out of health insurance for the period of September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011. This process must be done online through the GallagherKoster Insurance website before August 2, 2010, even if you completed this process in the spring. If you do not waive out of the insurance plan on the website, your student account will be billed $2,861 for the school's health insurance plan.

Again, all students entering Field Placement in September must complete either the waiver or the enrollment process online. You may direct questions to: mbala@smith.edu.

Read the letter here.


Thesis Dissemination Information from Laurie Wyman

If you have not handed in your pink dissemination presentation form to Laurie Wyman, please send them or bring them to her (Lilly 218).

For those who have completed their dissemination and have the required sign-offs, please forward the ivory "Disseminatin Confirmation" form or other appropriate documentation to Laurie. Please remember that the Dissemination of Knowledge deadline is Friday, August 6.

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New Student Org Board - NEW

  Co-Presidents Jess Markowitz & Liz Bookens
  Co-Vice Presidents Anne Hopkinson & Winnie Simmons
  Co-Secretaries Sarah Williams & Kim Winnegge
  Campus Life Rep Alana Honigman
  Off-Campus Rep Michelle Marchese
  A11 Curriculum Committee Co-Chairs Shil Sengupta & Cassie Peterson
  A12 Curriculum Committee Co-Chairs Alexandra Jamali & Sara Lipton-Carey
  Curriculum Secretary Amanda Slatus
  Curriculum Registration Rep Patrice Boyce
  A11 Curriculum Rep for Research Anna Cable
  A11 Curriculum Rep for Policy Sarah Matlock
  A12 Curriculum Rep for Policy Carlos Encalada
  A11 Curriculum Rep for Practice Jillian Robbins
  A12 Curriculum Rep for Practice Miya Drucker
  A11 Curriculum Rep for HBSE Paula Mazzotta
  A12 Curriculum Rep for HBSE Shoshanna Brady
  A11 Co-Class Reps Michelle Kaye & Caitlin McInerney
  A12 Co-Class Reps Katryn Little & Meg McGrath
  A11 Field Placement Reps Jess Taylor-Pickford & Heather Wollin
  A12 Field Placement Reps Mary Stanton & Patrick Cody
  Council for Students of Color Repsq Alex Kim & Patrice Boyce
  Diversity Rep Kim Winnegge
  Financial Aid Rep Megan Oberdorfer
  Admission Rep Paula Mazzotta
  Academic Support Services Rep Tiffany Romer
  Social Aciton Rep Lilith Wolinsky


Lost and Found Items in Lilly Hall - NEW

The following items are in the LillyHall lost and found:

  red and black umbrella
  brown, gray, gold, and red sweater
  black graduation gown
  multicolored hand-knit hat
  car key
  red and brown earring
  Smith College water bottle


Research Assistant Positions

From Yoosun Park, Asst. Professor:

I am writing a book analyzing the history of the role of social workers in the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II. The project will use archival materials, including oral histories of social workers involved in the internment and private papers of social work leaders of the period. I am looking to hire 1 or 2 research assistants to aid in locating relevant archival holdings and in identiying relevant secondary literature, and in organizing and managing the multiple documents that will constitute the data for this study. The project begins in September and will continue throughout the calendar year. The work can be done remotely, so location is not an issue. I am looking for individuals with an interest in history who are skillful in internet research and have a high tolerance for conduting finely detailed work.

Please email Yoosun Park for more details.

The Council for Students of Color Announces the New Eboard

Here are the newly elected officers for the Executive Board of the Council for Students of Color:

Elisabeth Hopkins, M.S.W. 12

Thomas Brown, M.S.W. 12 and Aquila Vera, M.S.W. 12

Mahajoy Laufer, M.S.W. 12

Cristy Ricaurte, M.S.W. 11

Samantha Rivera, M.S.W. 12

Social Co-Chairs
Malyna Kettavong, M.S.W. 12 and Ileana Sansano, M.S.W. 12

Diversity Representatives for Curriculum
Misty Cranston-Bates, M.S.W. 12 and Tamara Bransburg, M.S.W. 12

Diversity Representative to the Field Placement Office
Carlos Encalada, M.S.W. 12

Representatives to Student Org Executive Committee
Alex Kim, M.S.W. 12 and Patrice Boyce, M.S.W. 12

Practice Safe Studying in Libraries

For your own protection, please do not leave your valuables (purses, cell phones, laptops, backpacks) unattended in the library. Smith libraries are public facilities and it does not take long for someone to pick up something you have left for only a minute or two.

Knitting Group

Are you a knitter, crocheter, or other fiber arts enthusiast? Trying to figure out a way to incorporate your love of yarn into your summer at Smith? If interested in joining a group of like-minded fabric creators, send an email to Sam with days and times that you would be available for knitty goodness. Beginners welcome!

Exhibit: A Reason to Remember, July 1 - July 21

"A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany 1933 - 1942" is an exhibit on display July 1 - July 31, 2010 in Smith's Campus Center Arts Lounge. This exhibit tells the personal story of the 5 Jewish families who lived in the small village of Roth, Germany.

The exhibit introduces the families as they lived in 1933 and details what happened to them during the Nazi era. Through the use of photographs, documents and personal testimonies, the exhibit illustrates how the relations between families and their neighbors were systematicaly dismantled. The stark contrast between the ordinariness of their lives and the radical way in which their lives were changed by the Nazis and their collaborators illuminates the process that caused "good people" to remain silent in the face of their neighbor's persecution.

Deborah Roth Howe (SSW '78) is available to talk to student groups or individuals while the exhibit is on campus - (413) 256-1096 or drothhow@gmail.com.



Anti-Racism Task Force - No meeting on TUE 7/27 due to MON 7/26 meeting

Tuesdays, 5:35-6:50pm, Cutter Living Room
The Anti-Racism Task Force provides a space for students, faculty and staff to discuss issues around race and anti-racism in terms that are structural to the school. Areas of discussion might include (but are not limited to) the curriculum, access, programming, and student activities. This group is open to all students, faculty and staff. Come and have your voice heard on this important topic!

Read more about the Task Force here.

Faculty liaisons: Fred Newdom and Susan Donner.

Capoeira Club

Mondays (starting August 1) and Wednesdays (starting July 28), 6:00pm, Berenson Dance Studio 3, Mendenhall Center
Capoeira is a unique Afro-Brazilian martial art combining fluid movements and acrobatics with traditional music and ritual.

Council for Students of Color Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:45pm- 6:45pm, Ziskind Living Room
The Council for Students of Color would like to invite all self-identified students of color to join us at our weekly meetings. Hope to see you there!

Disability Awareness Group: Opportunities for Hope Beyond Stigma and Social Inequality

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Ziskind Beau Parlor
The Disabilities Awareness Group of the Smith College School for Social Work strives to promote awareness, education, and support around issues of impairment and disability on campus and in the field to students, faculty, and staff.

See full description here.

The group is open to the entire School for Social Work community, regardless of race, gender, nationality, class, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability/ability, or impairment. We are made up of people with disabilities; friends, allies, and family members of people with disabilities; and allies and persons of Deaf culture. Neither discussing an assigned diagnosis nor identifying as a person with a disability is necessary to participate in the group. For more information, please contact Lynn Goode, president of the DAW group.

Holistic Healing Group

Thursdays, lunchtime, Ziskind HR Suite
The Holistic Healing Group seeks to explore complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM), spiritual practices, and culturally sensitive approaches to healing beyond the scope of the Westen biomedical program. We are looking for new student membership since the current representatives will be graduating. Please contact Ashley Sitkin if you are interested in joining, participating, or co-leading this group. All students are welcome. We plan to meet on Thursdays during lunchtime in the Ziskind HR Suite if there is sufficient interest.

Jewish Students' Alliance

Mondays, 12:40-1:30pm, Cutter Living Room
See full description here.

LGBTQQIF Alliance Meetings - Summer 2010

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

Task Force Meeting - Wednesdays, 11:45am -1:30pm, Ziskind HR Suite

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Fluid (LGBTQQIF) Alliance is a student group open to the queer community and allies. The Alliance Task Force is a subgroup of the LGBTQQ Alliance and is focused on planning and action items for the larger group.

Meditation Group

Meditate with us! The Meditation Group gathers 3 times a week to support one another in the practice of being present through breath. Anyone is welcome, regardless of previous experience. We are always happy to offer guidance. And don't hesitate to join even if we've already begun.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 7:30am, Talbot
Fridays, 12:00pm (noon), Talbot

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops with Mary Hall & Susan Donner

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

Size Matters

Thursdays, 5:30pm, Ziskind Parlor
Size Matters is a size-positive, fat acceptance and health-at-every size group addressing matters of size oppression on campus and in the community. Meetings are inclusive and open to all.

Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA)

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Cutter Beau Parlor
The Social Welfare Action Alliance invites you to attend our weekly meetings and share your passion for change and social justice. Help us to connect the Smith bubble with the Northampton community and beyond. The Alliance is a national organization of hundreds of progressive social workers committed to reducing the gap between theory and practice.

Student Org - General Meeting
Mondays, 12:45pm, Ziskind Living Room
General Student Org meetings are open to everyone - we especially look forward to seeing 1st summer students! In addition to executive committee members, who are expected to attend Monday and Wednesday meetings, all representatives from student groups are expected to attend Wednesday evenings.

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:50-7:00pm, Ziskind Beau Parlor
Join us on Wednesday evenings to support one another in chipping away at the racism that we have learned. This is a space in which whiteness is felt, embodied, and explored through personal experience. The door will close as the meeting begins, in an effort to create an uninterrupted process, so please come on time.

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