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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

Term 1: 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 & relational change, countertransference use & management, intergroup dialogue, hip hop & 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.

Term 2: Raymond Rodriguez, M.S.W., LCSW 

Raymond Rodriguez is the founder and director of Aldea Counseling Service, a community-focused group psychotherapy practice in Harlem and Queens. He is a family therapist with clinical interests in trauma, immigration, diversity, LGBTQ empowerment, spirituality and working with marginalized communities. Rodriguez’s long history as a clinician includes working with the WTC Building Trades Support Network to provide psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational group therapy for union workers that were part of the cleanup effort after the WTC disaster and for families who lost a member in the disaster, as well as serving as dean of students at the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. In addition to teaching at the Smith College School for Social Work, Rodriguez teaches in the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Trauma Studies Center of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.