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Marta Sotomayor Fellows

Marta Sotomayor, M.S.W. '60, Ph.D., was one of our most distinguished alumnae. After earning her M.S.W. from Smith College, she became the first Latina in America to earn a doctorate in social work. She served as president and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging and was a senior policy adviser to the Secretary's Task Force on Minority Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). She was a tireless advocate for Latino communities and a powerful voice for social justice. In 2008, Sotomayor received the Smith College School for Social Work's Day-Garrett Award for her outstanding contributions to professional social work and the SSW educational community.

The Marta Sotomayor Fellows, named for our illustrious alumna and colleague, help in a variety of ways with our anti-racism commitment. These fellows are available for confidential consultation about any questions, issues, or concerns regarding race, racism, or any other aspects of social identity and social oppression.

Marta Sotomayor Fellows have office hours open to anyone in the community to discuss any concerns, issues or research related to racism.

2017-18 Marta Sotomayor Fellows

Mamta Dadlani, Ph.D

Mamta DadlaniMamta Dadlani, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice, training and research efforts support the exploration of intersectional identities and the related experiences of oppression and privilege on individual, interpersonal and systemic levels. She recently completed a Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis-West and is a Scholar of Multicultural Concerns in the Division of Psychoanalysis of the APA.

Mamta's interests include psychotherapy process and relational change; countertransference use and management; intergroup dialogue; hip hop and healing; mental health challenges for PoC in higher education; and community partnerships. Her teaching areas at Smith include socio-cultural concepts, group theory and practice, and research methods. Connect with Mamta at

Mamta Dadlani, Ph.D., 2017-18 Sotomayor Fellow

Enroue Halfkenny, M.S.W

Enroue Halfkenny, M.S.W., began his tenure in November 2016. Halfkenny, who has had a lifelong dedication to social justice activism, is also a graduate of Smith's M.S.W. program and is in private practice in New Haven, Conn. He taught as an adjunct faculty member in the summers of 2014 and 2015 and he is currently a community practice adviser. 

Enroue is an experienced clinical social worker, artist, activist, priest in a traditional African religion, and has had a meditation practice for over 20 years. While varied in training and expertise, Enroue is particularly respectful of his clients' spiritual and cultural perspectives and creates interventions honoring their values and concerns. Connect with Enroue at

Davey Shlasko, M.Ed.

Davey Shlasko is the founder and managing consultant of Think Again Training, an organization that educates students, professionals and community members on social justice topics, including gender diversity, LGB and trans inclusion, class/classism, queer theory, and models of oppression and liberation. An alum of Smith’s undergraduate program, Shlasko earned a master’s degree from UMass Amherst in social justice education. Shlasko is also a freelance editor specializing in academic writing. Shlasko worked for many years in direct service and supervision for human services, in the areas of health education/risk reduction counseling, workforce development and leadership training. At the Smith College School for Social Work, Shlasko teaches Sociocultural Concepts and Transgender Studies: Theory, Practice & Advocacy, and is currently serving as a Sotomayor Fellow, providing consultation regarding issues of structural oppression and change processes to SSW community.

Davey Shlasko, 2017-18 Sotomayor Fellow