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july 22, 2013

About the Bulletin

The Bulletin offers relevant notices, reminders, and deadlines for School for Social Work students. Students are encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body.

The Bulletin is updated weekly during the summer terms, and monthly throughout the fall and spring.

Next Submission Deadline: July 25th

We would like to invite students to use this vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. Submission deadlines are listed below:

Submission Deadline
To Be Issued On
July 25
July 29
August 1
August 5
August 8
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MONDAY, JULY 22nd

Summer Lecture Series
For more information on upcoming lectures go to Summer Lecture Series page.

Student Org Executive Committee
Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Study Room
Group description

Doctoral Student Org (DSO) Meetings
Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Lilly Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room

SSW Disability Awareness Group
Mondays, 12:40-1:25 p.m., Scales House Living Room
Group description

Meditation Group
Mondays, 12:40-1:10 p.m. and 5:45-6:15 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary
Group description

Faculty Wine and Cheese 
Monday, July 22nd, from 5-7 p.m., King Living Room

Students of Color E Board
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Scales Study Room

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TUESDAY, JULY 23rd

Free Yoga Classes
Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Studio 151, Scott gym
Free yoga class open to the SSW community

Anti-Racism Task Force Meeting
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Study Room
Chaired by Fred Newdom.
Task force description

Writing Clearly and Concisely
Tuesday, July 23rd, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This two-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, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Meditation Sessions
Tuesdays, 1-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group!

Gender and Sexuality Alliance General Meeting
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Scales Living Room
General Meetings are open to all Smith SSW members. Task-force meetings are open to those who want to create and plan campus events.
Group description

Pedagogy and Diversity
Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., Seelye 101 - Open to all faculty
Pedagogy and Diversity is a workshop-style meeting open to all faculty teaching at SSW, where we offer a space for collegial consultation and interactive learning about any issues pertaining to teaching and issues of diversity.
We plan to build on this during this summer and hope to see you there. Rani Varghese will co-facilitate with Josh Miller for the first term and Ruth Spencer for the second term. 10 CEUs will be given to those who attend at least 4/5 sessions per term.

Interfaith Pastoral Care
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Dewey Common RoomMatilda Cantwell
The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life has developed an exciting collaboration with the School for Social Work. Given the significant personal stressors that co-exist with SSW's academic rigor and training, we are now offering spiritual services and expanded resources as part of student life. The intent is to help students maintain methods of self-care and "meaning making" while developing as a professional helper to others. For more information, click on "Letter of Introduction to the SSW/Center for Religious Life and Spirituality Collaboration," and "Why Might I seek Interfaith Pastoral Care while at the SSW?," or visit our website at www.smith.edu/religiouslife. Download the flyer here!

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 24th

Student Org General Meetings
Wednesdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room

Council for Students of Color Meetings
Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Scales Living Room
Group description.

SSW Unlearning Racism
Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m., King House Study
Group description

A Lecture/Discussion Sponsored by the Doctoral Student Org: 
Wednesday, July 24th, 7:30-9 p.m., Seelye 101 
How did gay marriage become a sign of mental health?: Interpreting romance, gay desire, and psychosocial adjustment in the 1950s
Presented by: Stephen Vider, Ph.D., History of American Civilization, Harvard University. Click here for details!

Inter-Racial Dialogues Term II
Wednesday, July 24th, 7:00-8:30pm
Paula Dean...the Trayvon Martin verdict...have they heightened racial sensitivity or are they a denial of racial reality? Interested in co-creating a discussion about race between races? If so, join Smith's Bertha Reynolds Scholar and experienced facilitator, Ruth Spencer, for three intergroup dialogue sessions. If interested e-mail Dina Pasalis. Please note, you must commit to all three sessions (7/24, 7/31 and 8/7). If curious, ask any of the planning team members for more information-Andre Zandona, Collin Murdock and Lindsay Heightman.

SSW Men's Group
Wednesdays, 9 p.m., King House Study
Group Description.

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THURSDAY, JULY 25th

Curriculum Committee Meetings
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room

SWAA Meetings
Thursdays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Living Room
Group description

Writing Clearly and Concisely
Thursday, July 25th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This two-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, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Student Loan Repayment and Loan Forgiveness Workshop
Thursday, July 25th, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room
The Student Financial Services department is offering an informal presentation and question & answer session on student loan repayment. The presentation will include information on the different types of Income-Based Repayment and Loan Forgiveness. 

Meditation Sessions
Thursdays, 1-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group!

Free Yoga Classes
Thursdays, from 4-5 p.m., Studio 151 at the Scott gym
Free yoga class open to the SSW community.

160/161 Faculty Dinner
Thursdays, from 5:30-7 p.m., King Lounge Room

Grief and Bereavement Sessions 
Thursday, July 25th, 5:30-7:00 p.m., King house lower level room 
We are offering a grief and bereavement support group for students who have suffered major losses of family and friends in the recent past, which will be facilitated by Angela Bardawil. The meetings are confidential.

Gender & Sexuality Alliance Task Force Meetings
Thursdays, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Scales Living Room
Group description

Moving Beyond Pity and Inspiration: Disability as a Social Justice Issue
Thursday, July 25th, 7-9 p.m., Seelye 106
This interactive and lively workshop will offer participants tools to create more disability access and a lens to include fighting ableism in our social justice work. The workshop will draw linkages between ableism and racism, deepening the connections between the recent SSW lecture on "Fighting Ableism for Clinician" and the upcoming event on the Central Park Five. Presented by queer disability activist and poet Eli Clare. Sponsored by the Disability Awareness Group with support of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance; Social Work Action Alliance, with more co-sponsorship developing. Refreshments will be served.

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FRIDAY, JULY 26th

Deans' Conversations
Friday July 26th, 3:45-5:00 p.m., Scales Living Room
The deans' conversations are an opportunity for SSW community members to meet with Dean Jacobs and Associate Deans Miller and Rodriguez Martin regarding any community issues of interest.

SSW PhD Student Get together
Friday, July 26th, 7-11 p.m., Gardiner House Dining Room

SSW Black in Latin America: Haiti & DR
Friday, July 26th, from 7-9 p.m., Seelye Hall 201
Council for Students of Color presents the third of four screenings from Henry Louis Gates' PBS series Black in Latin America. "In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves's hard fight for liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte's French Empire became a double-edged sword." Film will screen from 7:00-8:00 p.m., followed by discussion moderated by Professor Yoosun Park.

Shabbat Dinner
Friday, July 26th, 7:30 p.m., Location TBD
The Jewish Student Group invites you/your friends/family to join us for Shabbat Dinner. The JSG actively embraces a full spectrum of Jewish experiences and identities, from religion to culture to ethnicity to not being sure what it means to be Jewish. Everyone, regardless of your Jewish affiliation or not, is invited to come and to bring a vegetarian/dairy potluck item to share! To be inclusive of people with traditional practices, this event will be electronic (i.e. phone and computer) free. RSVP to Ariel.

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SATURDAY, JULY 27th

SUNDAY, JULY 28th

AFTER JULY 28th

Summer Lecture Series
Monday, July 29th, 7:30 p.m., Wright Hall
Women in the Military: Rewards and Challenges
Kathryn Basham, M.S.W., Ph.D.
For details, click here.

For more information on upcoming lectures go to Summer Lecture Series page.

Jewish Dialogue Group
Tuesday, July 30th, 6:45-9 p.m. Location TBD
Would you like to have a constructive, respectful conversation with fellow Jews whose perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are different from yours-without arguing or debating? Are you interested in talking about your experiences, feelings, convictions, and questions in a supportive environment that promotes reflection and mutual learning? The program will be will be led by experienced facilitators from the Jewish Dialogue Group, an independent, non-partisan organization that works to foster constructive dialogue within Jewish communities about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other difficult issues. Space is limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Sonia at: salexander@smith.edu

Inter-Racial Dialogues Term II
Wednesdays, July 31 and August 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Paula Dean...the Trayvon Martin verdict...have they heightened racial sensitivity or are they a denial of racial reality? Interested in co-creating a discussion about race between races? If so, join Smith's Bertha Reynolds Scholar and experienced facilitator, Ruth Spencer, for three intergroup dialogue sessions. If interested e-mail Dina Pasalis. Please note, you must commit to all three sessions (7/24, 7/31 and 8/7). If curious, ask any of the planning team members for more information-Andre Zandona, Collin Murdock and Lindsay Heightman.

Race and the Criminal Justice System: The Central Park Five - A Panel Discussion and Dialogue
Thursday, August 1st, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium 
Listen to Sarah Burns, creator and co-director of the Central Park Five documentary, and Yusef Salaam, one of the exonerated members of the Central Park Five, explore the impact of the case before and after their exoneration in 2002. Chris Tinson, assistant professor of African American Studies at Hampshire College, and host of TRGGR Radio, a Hip-Hop-rooted social justice radio program, will also be on the panel. Watch the film before the conversation. SWAA is hosting screenings on Friday, July 26th and Tuesday, July 30th 7 p.m. in Seelye 110. (This is event is made possible by the generous donations and collaborations with Council for Students of Color, Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Jewish Student Alliance, Disability Awareness Group, SWAA, and Men at Smith. We are currently trying to collaborate with local organizations to invite them to this event. If you have a relationship with a local organization that might be interested in participating please email Liz Hammond).

NASW Social Work Licensing Prep Course
Saturday, August 3rd, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
The Massachusetts chapter of NASW is again offering a one-day social work licensing test preparation course for students who will soon be taking their LCSW exam. It is an excellent review of materials and questions for 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:http://naswma.org/cde.cfm?event=390190. Questions? Contact Jeff Schrenzel, Western Massachusetts Coordinator for NASW.

What about Representative Leadership?
Friday, August 9th, 3:45 p.m., Seelye 110
This dialogue supported by Alliance, Council, Disability Awareness Group, and SWAA will provide a space for students to discuss their reactions and thoughts about representative leadership in Social Justice, Social Service Agencies, and here at Smith in response to the August 5th Summer Lecture Series.

Deans' Conversations
Friday August 9th, 3:45-5:00 p.m., Scales Living Room
The deans' conversations are an opportunity for SSW community members to meet with Dean Jacobs and Associate Deans Miller and Rodriguez Martin regarding any community issues of interest.

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ADMINISTRATIVE NOTICES

Summer Information Webpage
Get all of the information you need for summer: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/sswinfo13

Planning an Event?
Important news!
There is a *NEW* policy and procedure for requesting event space reservations. You will find the information on the Summer Information page, under "Planning An Event". Please be sure to read all of the information very carefully! Contact Maddy Neely at mneely@smith.edu or x7983 if you have any questions or concerns.

Graduation Tickets
Graduation tickets for graduates and others who would like to purchase them can be picked up or purchased in the main office of Lilly Hall, Room 101. Hours for pick-up or purchase are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note: additional tickets may only be purchased by check, and we regret that there can be no refunds once tickets are purchased.

Interfaith Pastoral Care
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Dewey Common RoomMatilda Cantwell
The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life has developed an exciting collaboration with the School for Social Work. Given the significant personal stressors that co-exist with SSW's academic rigor and training, we are now offering spiritual services and expanded resources as part of student life. The intent is to help students maintain methods of self-care and "meaning making" while developing as a professional helper to others. For more information, click on "Letter of Introduction to the SSW/Center for Religious Life and Spirituality Collaboration," and "Why Might I seek Interfaith Pastoral Care while at the SSW?," or visit our website at www.smith.edu/religiouslife. Download the flyer here!

Office of Disability Services - Van Update
Do you know about the Access Van? It is a transportation service for members of the Smith Community who have mobility disabilities. The Access Van operates from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday while SSW classes are in session. Please call (413) 695-0065 and leave a message with the date and time you need a ride, your location, and your phone number. The driver will get back to you as soon as possible. Same day requests may not be filled depending on the schedule. Off Campus rides must be approved by the Office of Disability Services. If you have any questions, you can also call the Office of Disability Services at (413) 585-2071.

The POW MIA Remembrance Ceremony
As students entered the King Scales dining room they may have noticed a small table in a place of honor. It is set for one. This table symbolizes the fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst. They are commonly called POWs or MIAs, we call them "Brothers and Sisters." They are unable to be with us this evening and so we remember them. The Table set for one is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors.  Remember. The Tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms. Remember. The single Red Rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their
return. Remember. Sponsored by the Community for Those who Served and Sacrificed.
Community for Those who Served and Sacrificed Group Description

Alternative Way to Back Up Your Files
You already know that hard drives can fail, so it's essential to back up all your important files to an alternate location. You know that you can use a jump drive or cloud storage (Box or Google Drive) for this purpose, but did you also know that every Smith student has dedicated space on a Smith network server for storing their personal files? This personal storage space is called your network drive; it may also be called your H: drive on a Windows computer or your Home Directory on a Mac. Click here for more information.
Questions? Call the User Support Center at x4487.

Do you have questions about students loans? Tuition payments? Financial Aid?
Student Financial Services has office hours from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri and 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday.  Our knowledgeable front office staff will be happy to help you. They can also schedule an appointment (in person or via the phone) with a Director either at your request or if they believe your questions/concerns require more in-depth time and attention than they are able to provide. If you would like to see a Director, our drop-in hours are Tues and Fri 10:00 a.m.-noon and Wed 2-4 p.m.  Or as mentioned above, you are also able to pre-schedule a half-hour appointment with a Director. We ask that you call our office if you would like to schedule an appointment as appointment slots vary and can be filled quickly. We are located in 106 College Hall. Our office phone number is 585-2530 and our email address is sswfa@smith.edu.  

All Students: Changes To Student Health Insurance Plan
PLEASE NOTE the following changes related to the Health Insurance plan for the academic year coverage period: In order to ensure compliance with Massachusetts’ mandate on health insurance coverage for all full-time students (G.L. c.15A, 18) all SSW students will now be automatically enrolled and billed for the health insurance plan effective June 24, 2013. Those who have separate coverage must provide the School with the name and address of their insurance company, policy number and a copy of the policy for verification; the website to provide this information and waive will be open on 7/1/13 and will close on 8/4/13. Those who wish to be enrolled in the SSW Health Insurance Plan will not be required to do anything else. Further information will be sent to you via email and distributed into your student mailboxes. All students will see the health insurance charge on their June bill. If you waive the plan, the fee will be reversed. While the on-line decision process to accept or waive the insurance opens on 7/1/13 and must be submitted by 8/4/13, we highly recommend that you complete the form by 7/22/13 in order to avoid late fees if waiving, and/or receive your insurance card in a timely manner if enrolling.

Anti-Racism Consultation Committee
The Anti-Racism Consultation Committee is comprised of elected student representatives, administration and faculty (including Adjunct faculty). The Committee has two functions. One role of the committee is to keep track of and record the School's anti-racism initiatives as well as to proactively plan next steps to further the anti-racism mission statement of the School. Secondly, the committee serves in a consultative capacity to anyone in the SCSSW community who chooses to address an issue related to race. The committee has no formal or disciplinary power yet makes recommendations to the Dean, as appropriate. Any member of the SSW community may consult with any member of the ARCC. All consultations are confidential.
Current membership:
Josh Miller, Associate Dean, Chair
Joyce Everett, Faculty Representative
Irene Rodriguez Martin, Administrative Representative
Arianne Napier, First-Year Student Representative

Fred Newdom, Adjunct Faculty Representative
Kaitlin Smith A14, Second-Year Student Representative
Ruth Spencer, Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow

Doreen Underdue, Support Staff Representative
Rani Varghese, Alumni Representative
Andre Zandona, Council Representative

Counseling Services for SSW Students
This summer, the School will offer limited counseling services for students. The services will be focused on brief counseling on issues affecting educational performance as well as further assessment and referral when needed. Students will be limited to three sessions. For more information, click here.

Dining Questions
Find answers to your questions about dining services on the "Dining FAQs

The Writing Center Requests:  Please Cancel Appointments You Cannot Keep
Dear SSW Writers -
If you need to cancel your individual appointments with either of us (Debra Carney or Peter Sapira), please email or phone us to let us know. (Or, stop by Seelye 307 and white-out your name on the appointment calendars.)  This will open up appointment times for other writers.  Thank you!

Story Project Community Blog
The Smith SSW Story Project community blog is open for submissions.  The Story Project blog is a space where all SSW students, faculty, and staff are invited to share stories of their various sociocultural identities, with particular emphasis on honoring narratives of race and racism.  Stories can be submitted anonymously, and you are welcome to share your story through narrative, poetry, or video. To participate, and to read others’ stories, visit:http://sophia.smith.edu/blog/sswstoryproject.Log in with username: sswstories/password: storyproject

Brag A Little!
Have you received an award? A fellowship? Recognition for your dedication? We want to share the great news! Send us the details of your award so that we can spread the news and join in your celebration...don't be shy! Email us at deanasst@smith.edu.

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THESIS INFORMATION

Information to Thesis Students Re: Thesis Award Nominations
The purpose of this announcement is to inform students that the School for Social Work Research Sequence is asking research advisors to nominate student theses for the Eleanor Clark Thesis Prize and the Amith Ben-David Memorial Thesis Prize. The request for nominations was sent to research advisors the week of July 1, 2013. The Eleanor Clark Thesis Prize is awarded annually for a current Master's thesis advancing any of Miss Clark's several interests, which include: (a) innovations in service deriving from knowledge about human functioning and the social environment, (b) creative attention to social needs, especially in medical or psychiatric settings, and (c) the education of professional social workers. The Amith Ben-David thesis award is to recognize excellence in cross cultural family practice and theory. This award is about advancing Amith Ben-David's passions in the field of family therapy and will be awarded annually for Master's Thesis that advances her interests. Preferences will be given to theses that incorporate ideas from a postmodern perspective and/or those that are theoretical in nature.

Class of 2013 Poster Session
Monday, July 22, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Scales House Living Room
All are invited to attend the Smith College School for Social Work Class Of 2013 Thesis Poster Session. Come and view students' poster displays of their thesis project. See and hear about students' current research on a variety of Social Work related issues. Presenters include: Kelly Boyd, Davina Callahan, Maria Curtin-McKenna, Molly Desloge, Rabi'ah Jamar, Emily Lusenhop, Brianna Meehan, Jonathan Mitchelmore, Ruth Muellejans, Julia St. George, Emily Tate, Marja Walthall, Katherine Wiscomb, Elizabeth Wolfe and possibly more. 

Class of 2015: First Year Thesis Orientation 
Tuesday, July 23rd, 1-1:30 p.m., Scales House Living Room
Dr. Jean LaTerz, Thesis Coordinator, will moderate the First Year Thesis Orientation. Dr. LaTerz will give an overview of the thesis project and advising process. Time for questions and answers will follow.

Class of 2014: Theoretical Thesis Orientation and Colloquium 
Tuesday, July 23rd, 7-8:30 p.m., Scales House Living Room
Student volunteers Wes Rutter, Lydia Borg and Andrea Mize from the Class of 2013 will present to the second year class their theoretical theses. This will be followed by a discussion of the format and process for Theoretical Theses.

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GENERAL NOTICES

NASW Information
Link for Download NASW

Carrel Sign-Up at Neilson Library
Carrel sign-up for SSW students is at the Circulation desk in Neilson Library. 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. After the initial sign-up, students who could not attend may ask at the Circulation desk if there are still carrels available to rent. If there are carrels available, the Circulation staff will continue to rent these out to students until there is no longer any availability. If you have any questions, please call the Neilson Library Circulation desk at (413) 585-2910.

NASW Social Work Licensing Prep Course
The Massachusetts chapter of NASW is again offering 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 3, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Seelye Hall, Room 106. It is an excellent review of materials and questions for 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:http://naswma.org/cde.cfm?event=390190. Questions? Contact Jeff Schrenzel, Western Massachusetts Coordinator for NASW.

Looking for new leadership - Jewish Student Group
The Jewish Student Group is looking for first summer students to join the leadership team! All relationships to Judaism are welcome. The leadership meets weekly, plans events, and thinks about what the Jewish presence on campus will look like. If interested, please contact: ArielSchneider and Sonia Alexander.

Lost & Found Bin Hours
There will be a Lost and Found Bin located in the Lilly's Main Office Supply Closet, Room 101. The hours available to retrieve lost items are from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

Public Phone Locations
Smith College SSW Public Phones are located on the first floor of Seelye Hall and on the first floor of College Hall.

Local Summer Camps, Programs, and Day Cares

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EVENTS/SESSIONS

Post Resident Graduate Student Working Group
Now through Wednesday, August 14th, 2-3:30 p.m., Location TBD
The purpose of this event is to provide post residency SSW students a working space to obtain support, obtain additional skills and resources to complete their thesis by May 2014 and graduate on August 2014. This first meeting will further discuss the purpose of the group, expectation and needs, and share skills building events in progress, Q&A. Please bring your planner, in order to finalize weekly or biweekly meetings through the summer. For further information: Please contact Penelope Williams at pwilliam@smith.edu.

Faculty Wine and Cheese
Monday July 22nd, 5:00-7:00 p.m., King Living Room

Grief and Bereavement Sessions
The remaining sessions will be held on Thursday, July 25th, and Tuesday, August 6th, 5:30-7:00 p.m., in King house lower level room
We are offering a grief and bereavement support group for students who have suffered major losses of family and friends in the recent past, which will be facilitated by Angela Bardawil. The meetings are confidential.

Deans' Conversations
Friday, July 26th and August 9th, 3:45-5:00 p.m., Scales Living Room
The deans' conversations are an opportunity for SSW community members to meet with Dean Jacobs and Associate Deans Miller and Rodriguez Martin regarding any community issues of interest.

Black in Latin America
Haiti and DR: Friday, July 26th, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Seelye 201
Cuba: Friday, August 2nd, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Seelye 201

Shabbat Dinner
Friday, July 26th, 7:30 p.m., Location TBD.
The Jewish Student Group invites you/your friends/family to join us for Shabbat Dinner. The JSG actively embraces a full spectrum of Jewish experiences and identities, from religion to culture to ethnicity to not being sure what it means to be Jewish. Everyone, regardless of your Jewish affiliation or not, is invited to come and to bring a vegetarian/dairy potluck item to share! To be inclusive of people with traditional practices, this event will be electronic (i.e. phone and computer) free. RSVP to Ariel.

Jewish Dialogue Group
Tuesday, July 30th, 6:45-9 p.m. Location TBD.
Would you like to have a constructive, respectful conversation with fellow Jews whose perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are different from yours - without arguing or debating? Are you interested in talking about your experiences, feelings, convictions, and questions in a supportive environment that promotes reflection and mutual learning? The program will be will be led by experienced facilitators from the Jewish Dialogue Group, an independent, non-partisan organization that works to foster constructive dialogue within Jewish communities about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other difficult issues. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to Sonia.

Race and the Criminal Justice System: The Central Park Five - A Panel Discussion and Dialogue
Thursday, August 1st, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium 
Listen to Sarah Burns, creator and co-director of the Central Park Five documentary, and Yusef Salaam, one of the exonerated members of the Central Park Five, explore the impact of the case before and after their exoneration in 2002. Chris Tinson, assistant professor of African American Studies at Hampshire College, and host of TRGGR Radio, a Hip-Hop-rooted social justice radio program, will also be on the panel.
Watch the film before the conversation. SWAA is hosting screenings on Friday, July 26th and Tuesday, July 30th 7 p.m. in Seelye 110.
(This is event is made possible by the generous donations and collaborations with Council for Students of Color, Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Jewish Student Alliance, Disability Awareness Group, SWAA, and Men at Smith. We are currently trying to collaborate with local organizations to invite them to this event. If you have a relationship with a local organization that might be interested in participating please email Liz Hammond).

Free Yoga Classes
Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. & Thursdays 4-5 p.m. in Studio 151 at the Scott gym.
Free yoga class open to the SSW community.

Meditation Sessions
Join us for student-led silent and guided meditation sessions organized through the Holistic Healing and Meditation Group! Sits will be held weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-1:30 p.m.

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 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
To read more, click here.

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MEETINGS

Check the SSW events calendar for all regularly schedule weekly events.

Weekly Meetings

Student Org Executive Committee
Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Study Room
Group description

SSW Disability Awareness Group
Mondays, July 22nd, 12:40-1:25 p.m., Scales Living Room.
Group description

Students of Color E Board
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Scales Study Room

Anti-Racism Task Force
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Study Room EXCEPT July 23rd and July 30th when they will meet in the King Living Room.
http://www.smith.edu/ssw/about_antiracism_taskforce.php

Doctoral Student Org (DSO) Meetings
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Lilly Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Gender and Sexuality Alliance General Meeting
Tuesdays, 5:45- 6:45 p.m., Scales Living Room
Group description

Pedagogy and Diversity
Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., Seelye 101

Student Org General Meetings
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room
Group description

Council for Students of Color Meetings
Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Scales Living Room
Group description

SSW Unlearning Racism
Wednesdays, 5:45 p.m., King House Study

SSW Men's Group
Wednesdays, 9 p.m., King House Study.
Group description

Curriculum Committee Meetings
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room

Spanish Speaking Clinicians
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., basement of the Student Center
English group description; Spanish group description

SWAA Meetings
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., King Living Room
Group description

Gender & Sexuality Alliance Task Force Meetings
Thursdays, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Scales Living Room
Group description

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WORKSHOPS AND COLLOQUIA

WORKSHOPS
Writing Clearly and Concisely
Tuesday, July 23rd and Thursday, July 25th, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Seelye 307 - Jacobson Center
This two-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, just add you name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway to Seelye 307. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Job Interview Skills for Social Workers
Tuesday, July 23rd, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales House Lower Level Meeting Room
All SSW students are invited to an informal workshop given by the Lazarus Center for Career Development on job interview skills for social workers. No advance sign-up is needed, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Student Loan Repayment and Loan Forgiveness Workshop 
Thursday, July 25th, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Scales Living Room
The Student Financial Services department is offering an informal presentation and question & answer session on student loan repayment. The presentation will include information on the different types of Income-Based Repayment and Loan Forgiveness. 

Moving Beyond Pity and Inspiration: Disability as a Social Justice Issue
Thursday, July 25th, 7-9 p.m., Seelye 106
This interactive and lively workshop will offer participants tools to create more disability access and a lens to include fighting ableism in our social justice work. The workshop will draw linkages between ableism and racism, deepening the connections between the recent SSW lecture on "Fighting Ableism for Clinician" and the upcoming event on the Central Park Five. Presented by queer disability activist and poet Eli Clare. Sponsored by the Disability Awareness Group with support of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance; Social Work Action Alliance, with more co-sponsorship developing. Refreshments will be served.

COLLOQUIA
Technology Colloquium

Wednesday, July 24th, 7-8:30 .pm., Seelye Hall 106 
Marissa Zanno and Dave Sullivan will be disseminating their theses related to technology. The event will be moderated by Idene Rodirugez Martin. Please join them to find out more about how technology may influence your clinical work. Marissa's title: Factors Associated with Young Adult Use of Facebook for Emotional Support. Dave's tile: Are you my Motherboard? The Effects of Technology on the Parent-Child Relationship.

We give and we give and we give ourselves away: A thesis colloquium by Loren Biggs and Alana DiPesa
Thursday, July 25th, 7-9:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 107
Loren Biggs will disseminate the findings from her thesis "Do We Practice What We Preach?" and discuss vicarious traumatization of clinical social workers as well as agency responses to vicarious trauma. Alana DiPesa will disseminate the findings from her thesis, "Beyond The Office Door" and discuss clinician self-disclosure and it's influence on clinical social workers' professional identities.

Race in Relationships: A Thesis Colloquium
Monday, July 29th, 7-8:30 p.m., Seelye 201
The presenters, Chloe Jhangiani and Andrea Yoshida, will discuss their research projects, which explore different aspects of race in the therapist-client and parent-child relationships (respectively). Chloe will present "What Are You, Anyway? How Parents Help Their Multiracial Children Live in a World of Singular Racial Categories." Andrea will present "The Perspectives of Asian Therapists on Race and Ethnicity in Working with Asian Clients and Non-Asian Clients of Color." Open to the entire Smith SSW community and friends. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by The Council for Students of Color.

Character Strength & Character Disorder
A Thesis Colloquium by Josh Tecu on personality disorder, positive psychology, and compensatory strength.
https://www.facebook.com/events/147956925406780/?context=create

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Note:
The Bulletin will remain in place as the main vehicle for important reminders from the School. These additional channels will provide opportunities for our community to stay connected and engaged throughout the year.