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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 11, 2012

Monday, June 11
Tuesday, June 12
Wednesday, June 13
Thursday, June 14
Friday, June 15
Saturday, June 16
Sunday, June 17
After June 17
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards

Monday - June 11

Summer Lecture Series - The Talking Cure is not About the Words

Monday, June 11, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall - with Jeremy P. Nahum, M.D. and Alexander C. Morgan, M.D.

We will maintain that the talking cure is not about the words but about meanings generated within the therapeutic dyad during the ongoing interaction. While the words are one of a number of means by which the two connect, it is the implicit communication that is primary to what the two participants become able to do together and how they come to know each other. Meanings are generated through apprehension of intention, and implicit meanings predominate over the life course. Implicit and explicit meanings are of course connected, and it is by a process of evaluating the disjunction between the two that a gestalt of meaning is created. Intentions are the elemental psychodynamic units at the level of perception and interaction and from these, other psychic structures are composed. (read more)

Carrel Sign-Up at Neilson Library - NEW

Monday, June 11, 8:30am, Neilson Library
Carrel sign-up for SSW students will be at the Circulation desk in Neilson Library starting at 8:30am. If you would like to rent a carrel, please remember to bring your OneCard. Carrels can only be reserved in person, and you may only sign up for your own carrel. If you have any questions, please call the Neilson Library Circulation desk at 413-585-2910.

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!

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 12

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!

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 - NEW

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.

Making Challah - NEW

Tuesday, June 12, 7:00-9:00pm, Helen Hills Hills Chapel Kitchen

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops - For Faculty

Tuesday, June 12, 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 13

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.

Class of 2012 & AS Students - Dissemination Meeting

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

Students of Color Council Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, Scales 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 LGBTQQIAF 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.

Thursday - June 14

LGBTQQIAF Alliance - Task Force Meeting - NEW

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 15

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

Friday, June 15, 1:30pm, 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.

1:30-3:00pm - 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

A12 Back to School BBQ - NEW

Friday, June 15, 4:00-6:00pm, Quad Lawn
Welcome back A12! We're going to celebrate the kick-off of our last summer in style! Join us for a barbecue on the Quad Lawn. Partners, children, and other family welcome! Please RSVP to Katryn Little ( with the number of people coming as well as your preference for meat or vegetarian items at the BBQ.

Documentary: Broken on All Sides - NEW

Friday, June 15, 6:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium
The Council for Students of Color, the Anti-racism Task Force, and the Office of the Dean invite the entire Smith College SSW community to a screening of the documentary, Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. The film was described by Gladden Schrok as a "poignant present-tense call-to-arms" and by Elaine Brown as a movie "every conscious person in the world needs to see." The movie investigates the role of criminal justice in the U.S. as a form of racial and social control, shows vivid examples of the human cost of mass incarceration, and offers ways to change it. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindess, is prominently featured and one of 12 people interviewd in the movie. Other interviews include people who were formerly incarcerated, prison activists, a former prison guard, a judge, lawyers who work in criminal justice and prison litigation, a member of the PA Prison Society, and more.

Screening and Q&A with director Matthew Pillischer. Watch the trailier at

Saturday - June 16

RAD Self Defense Series

Saturdays, 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 17

After June 17

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.

Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters for Social Workers - NEW

Tuesday, June 19, 12:30-1:30pm Scales Study Room
Learn how to target resumes and cover letters to 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.

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

Understanding AP Style: Two Useful Resources - NEW

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

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 and Completion Requirement Information - NEW

Please contact Laurie Wyman if you did not receive the important and time-sensitive email on June 6 from Laurie and Dr. Joanne Corbin regarding Thesis completion requirements. This information was sent to you and to your research advisor.

You may submit your to Laurie Wyman in Lilly Hall thesis during the following times:

MON, 6/11, 2:00-4:00pm, 2nd floor conference room
TUE, 6/12, 8:30am-noon, 2nd floor conference room
WED, 6/13, 1:45-4:00pm, 3rd floor conference room
THU, 6/14, 8:30am-noon, 2nd floor conference room
FRI, 6/15, 1:15-4:00pm, 3rd floor conference room

General Notices

Drinking Water Locations in Wright Hall - NEW

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.

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)

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