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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 4, 2012

Monday, June 4
Tuesday, June 5
Wednesday, June 6
Thursday, June 7
Friday, June 8
Saturday, June 9
Sunday, June 10
After June 10
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards

Monday - June 4

Summer Lecture Series - Quiet, Blackness, and the Grace of Being Human

Monday, June 4, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall - Kevin Quashie, M.A., Ph.D.
African American culture is often considered expressive, dramatic, and even defiant, characterizations which are linked to the idea of resistance. Indeed, these terms come to dominate how we think of blackness. This lecture will ask what a concept of quiet could mean to reimagining this thinking. It will explore quiet as a notion different from silence, as a metaphor for one's inner life--quiet as the desires, ambitions, hungers, vulnerabilities, and fears that signal one's humanity. Using this idea of quiet, the lecture will consider such iconic moments as Tommie Smith and John Carlos's protest at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and Elizabeth Alexander's reading at the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama. (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 5

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 enging for may 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.

Meeting of 3rd Year Ph.D. Students and Co-Directors

Tuesday, June 5, 12:30-1:30pm, Hatfield 107

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops

Tuesday, June 5, 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:

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

Wednesday - June 6

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 LevelAre 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.

Students of Color Council Meeting

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

Thursday - June 7

Sexual Assault Training

Thursday, June 7, 5:30-7:00pm, Scales Living Room

Orientation to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for SSW Students

Thursday, June 7, 6:30pm, Helen Hills Hills Chapel
This is a non-credit offering by the school to promote student well-being and self-care. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and negative affect among health and mental health professionals and to increase positive affect and self-compassion. The course is for students who would like to explore the potential of MBSR to help them manage stress in their own lives during the busy Smith summer as well as developing a practice that may be able to sustain them in their professional pursuits as a clinical social worker. Please note this is not a course in conducting MBSR with others, but rather a course focused on one's own personal stress management. It will be facilitated by Annemarie Gockel and Martha Reeves and will take place on the Helen Hills Hills Chapel on eight consecutive Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30pm beginning June 14 and ending August 9. An orientation meeting for all those interested in participating will be held Thursday, June 7 at the chapel. Enrollment is limited and students must be able to attend all eight sessions to participate.

Mindfulness: What Every Clinician Should Know (and what they don't usually teach you in graduate school)

Thursday, June 7, 8:00pm, Seelye 106
This talk will begin by addressing what we know about effective treatment and challenge some cherished beliefs about who is effective. The audience will be invited to investigate for themselves the role of mindfulness and how it actuates a therapist's ability to be helpful to others. The speaker will argue for mindfulness as essential training for clinicians and caregivers of all theoretical persuasions.

Paul Fulton, Ed.D. is a clinical psychologist, founding member and former president of the Institute for Meditation & Psychotherapy, and is co-editor and co-author of Mindfulness & Psychotherapy (Guildford, 2005). He is a lifelong student of the interface between psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology, having received his doctoral degree in comparative human development at Harvard's Laboratory for Human Development. He is former director of mental health at Tufts Health Plan, a forensic psychologist, and in private psychotherapy practice in Newton, MA.

This talk is sponsored by the Meditation & Holistic Healing Group and the Office of the Dean.

Friday - June 8

Add/Drop Deadline

The add/drop deadline for Term 1 is Friday, June 8, 10:30am. For more information visit

Study Skills Session

Friday, June 8, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Living Room

Gina Zaikowski Memorial

Friday, June 8, 4:30pm, Neilson Browsing Room
A memorial service for Gina Zaikowski, former director of fiscal affairs and financial aid at SSW, will be held in the Neilson Browsing Room. All members of the Smith community are invited.

Saturday - June 9

RAD Self Defense Series

Saturdays, June 9, 16, 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 10

After June 10

Writing Center Workshop: Overcoming Writing Anxiety

Monday, June 11, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This workshop will present techniques for beginning writing assignments, overcoming writer's block, and dealing with writing anxiety.

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

Writing Center Workshop: The Serene Student: A Time Management Workshop

Tuesday, June 12, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This workshop will provide tips for how to manage a lot of coursework in a very short time. Specifically, we will offer strategies for prioritizing your assignments, reading more efficiently, planning your time, and writing more easily and effectively.

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

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!

Class of 2012 & AS Students - Dissemination Meeting

Wednesday, June 13, 1:00-1:30pm, King Living Room

Gen Silent - Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, June 13, 7:00pm, Weinstein Auditorium
Gen Silent is a 2010 LGBT documentary from award-winning director filmmaker Stu Maddux. Consponsored by the SSW LGBTQ Alliance and the Western Massachusetts chapter of SAGE, Gen Silent asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their lives to survive. They put a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender seniors so afraid of discrimination, or worse, in long-term health care that many go back into the closet. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year in Boston, Massachusetts.

The film shows the wide range in quality of paid caregivers - from those who are specifically trained to make LGBT seniors feel safe, to the other end of the spectrum, where LGBT elders face discrmination, neglect or abuse.

A brief discussion will follow the screening.

Retirement Celebration Lecture and Reception for Mary Hall, Ph.D. & Professor

Friday, June 15, Weinstein Auditorium (Wright Hall)

Join us as we thank Mary Hall for her tireless work and scholarship, and hear a lecture by Alan Goodman on race, racism, and health.

Celebration Lecture - Race is a Verb: From Race-as-Explanation to the Health Consequences of Race and Racism

Speaker: Alan H. Goodman, Ph.D., is vice president of Academic Affairs/dean of faculty and professor of biological anthropology at Hampshire College. He is also co-director of the American Anthropological Association's public education project, "Race: Are We So Different?," that includes a national traveling exhibit and website:,

3:00-3:15pm - Break

3:15-4:15pm - Recognition Program

4:30-5:15pm - Reception

Writing Workshop: Surviving Your Thesis: A Strategies Workshop for Second Year Students

Tuesday, July 3 OR July 18, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This workshop will provide second year students with helpful hints for writing their theses. The format will be an informal discussion of successful strategies as well as a question and answer period. Participants need only attend ONE session.

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

Writing Workshop: Writing Clearly and Concisely: A Workshop for Improving Writing Style

Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, 26, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This two-session workshop focus on editing techniques for making social work writing more powerful and effective. Included will be discussions of active and passive voice, sexist language, word choice, and other topics. Participants should try to attend BOTH sessions.

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

Administrative Announcements

Class of 2012 & AS Students - Dissemination Plans

This week you will be receiving information via email from Dr. Joanne Corbin on thesis dissemination plans and research advisor online evaluations.

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

Summer Lecture Series

The Smith College School for Social Work is pleased again to offer its lively and informative summer lecture series to area professionals, students, and alumni. All lectures take place in the Weinstein Auditorium, located in Wright Hall on the Smith College campus. Lectures start at 7:30 and are free and open to the public.

To learn more and to register, visit:

Thesis Information

Thesis Submission Information for Class of 2012 and AS students

For the week beginning Monday, June 4, Laurie Wyman will be available to receive your submissions in Lilly Hall 218:

Monday (June 4) and Friday (June 8), 1:15-4:00pm

Tuesday (June 5), Wednesday (June 6), and Thursday (June 7), 9:00am-noon

Please call Laurie at x7974 or email her at if you have a conflict.

General Notices

Renovations to Dewey House, Neilson Drive

Work in and around Dewey House will begin on Tuesday, May29, and continue during regular working hours through the summer. A chain-link fence will be installed around the perimeter of the construction site. The extent of this perimeter fence will reduce the drive between Hatfield and Dewey to a single lane for both pedestrians and vehicles, so please use extra caution when walking or driving in that area. Though the road will remain open to vehicles, there will be a steady flow of construction-related traffic in and around the site.

Become a Member of NASW at a Reduced Student Rate

Jeff Schrenzel is the Western Massachusetts coordinator of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He would like to invite you to join the one professional organization that promotes social work as a profession and also advocates for better policies for clients. There is an NASW chapter in each state. The membership fee for students is $48 per year (compared to the regular $190 rate), and is applicable for as long as you are a student. And, for the first two years after you graduate, you will pay a higer, yet still reduced fee.

Why not join now? For more information please visit Please email Jeff at with any questions.

NASW Social Work Licensing Prep Course

The Massachusetts chapter of NASW is again offereing a one-day social work licensing test preparation course for students who will soon be taking their LCSW exam. The workshop will be held on Saturday, August 4, 9:00am-4:00pm, Seelye Hall. This workshop is an excellent review of materials for the exam and is an opportunity to review the types of questions that will be on the exam. The fee is $100 for NASW members and $155 for non-members. The licensing exam is the same for all $50 states, so you do not need to be a Massachusetts resident to benefit for this review.

To register and for more information, visit: Questions? Contact Jeff Schrenzel, Western Massachusetts coordinator for NASW, at

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:

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)

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