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july 29, 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: August 1st

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
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MONDAY, JULY 29th

Summer Lecture Series
Monday, July 29th, 7:30 p.m., Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
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.

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

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

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TUESDAY, JULY 30th

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

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

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

Film Screening: The Central Park Five
Tuesday, July 30th, 7 p.m., Seelye 110 
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.  (This 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).

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.

Thai Talks: A Dialogue about Smith's Internship Experience in Thailand
Tuesday, July 30th, 7-9 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Please join us for a panel discussion on Smith's internship program in Thailand.  Panel will include returning students- Aasta Heasley, Chloe Jhangiani and Johanna Black and will be moderated by Catherine Nye and Carolyn DuBois. 

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 31st

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

Film Screening: The Central Park Five
Wednesday, July 31st, 5:30 p.m., Seelye 310 
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.  (This 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).

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

Inter-Racial Dialogues Term II
Wednesday, July 31st, 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, AUGUST 1st

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

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!

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

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

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 Tuesday, July 30th at 7 p.m. in Seelye 110 and Wednesday, July 31st at 5:30 p.m. in Seelye 310. (This 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

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 2nd

SSW Black in Latin America: Cuba
Friday, August 2nd, 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.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 3rd

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.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 4th

AFTER AUGUST 4th

Summer Lecture Series
Monday, August 5th, 7:30 p.m., Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
Promoting Representative Leadership Structures in Social Justice and Social Service Agencies
Panel Presentation:
Stanley A. Holbrook, M.B.A., M.P.M., M.T.S., Arlenis Morel, Dora Robinson, M.S.W.
For details, click here.
For more information on upcoming lectures go to Summer Lecture Series page.

Grief and Bereavement Sessions 
Tuesday, August 6th, 5:30-7:00 p.m., King house lower level room (Basement Level)
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.

Inter-Racial Dialogues Term II
Wednesdays, August 7th, 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.

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.

Baccalaureate 2013: Interwoven
Sunday, August 11th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Helen Hills Chapel Baccalaureate is created each year by the graduating class to mark our transition and create a space for reflection and meaning-making. Through song, poetry, and stories, we celebrate and honor the interwoven path of our own lives and the lives of our fellow classmates, peers, and friends. All students, staff and faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend! A reception with light refreshments will follow the event.

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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.

Forwarding Address - Continuing Students
Below is a link to our Winter Directory Information form. Please complete all portions of this form to give us your most updated information. Once you have finished filling it out, please make sure to press the submit button, located on the bottom left of the form. This information is critical for school related business and helpful connections during the internship period, including but not limited to: School business and publications; information from alumni placement area coordinators; and notice of alumni sponsored events in your area.  We will continue to use Smith email for the bulk of our communications. Please click on the link below to send us your contact information today.  If you do not submit a forwarding address, any mail we receive will be sent to your placement agency, which could cause confusion or problems. 
http://www.smith.edu/sswoas/address/second_sum.htm. This form must be submitted by Monday, August 12th.

Casebook shredding
Students in Practice 101/102 and 301/302 and in doctoral courses that use casebooks: please plan to place your casebooks in shredding bins during the last week of the term. Bins will be provided for this purpose on the first floor of Hatfield and on the third floor of Seelye. No casebooks will be accepted for shredding in the Office of Academic Support Services. We appreciate your cooperation.

Mandatory Course Evaluations
Mandatory BannerWeb course evaluations begin Wednesday, August 7th, 2013, at 8:00 a.m., and end on Friday, August 16th, at 11:00 p.m. Please note the M.S.W. Handbook regulations at 200.7C - Student Requirement to Complete Course Evaluations: "Student evaluation of courses is a program requirement. Failure to complete a course evaluation by the deadline will result in the following: a) grade/transcript hold; b) registration hold; and c) diploma hold." These regulations apply to both master’s and doctoral students. Thanks for your cooperation: your feedback is important!

Students living on-campus - Laundry usage
The College will be replacing the card readers on all washing machines in anticipation of the installation of new machines/readers. Since this is happening a few weeks before the new system takes effect, they will need to provide dorm occupants with free laundry usage until late August. The switch over will start during the morning on Monday July 29th and by 4 p.m. all laundry will be free. Once you see that the OneCard reader on the machine is powered down, you will know that you can use that machine for free.

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.

Thesis Dissemination Information for the Class of 2013
Reminder to all thesis students that the "Dissemination of Knowledge" deadline is Friday, August 2nd. Documentation of the dissemination requirement must be filed with the Laurie Wyman, Research Sequence Administrative Assistant, who has the responsibility of ensuring that all seniors meet this requirement before graduation.  Laurie's e-mail is lwyman@smith.edu and her office is in Lilly 115.  Please feel free to contact her with any questions or concerns.  

Workshop on Using the APA 6 Thesis Template
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13th and 14th, Stoddard Auditorium
Information Technology Services (ITS) will show you how to use the APA 6th Edition Thesis Template that was created by Liane Hartman.  We strongly urge you to attend one of the workshops. The template and instructions will make the formatting much, much easier as you proceed through the thesis process.  This template works for all Microsoft Word users, both Mac and PC.

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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 more information, please contact Penelope Williams.

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.

Thai Talks: A Dialogue about Smith's Internship Experience in Thailand
Tuesday, July 30th, 7-9 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Please join us for a panel discussion on Smith's internship program in Thailand.  Panel will include returning students - Aasta Heasley, Chloe Jhangiani and Johanna Black and will be moderated by Catherine Nye and Carolyn DuBois. 

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 Tuesday, July 30th at 7 p.m. in Seelye 110 and Wednesday, July 31st at 5:30 p.m. in Seelye 310. (This 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).

Black in Latin America: Cuba
Friday, August 2nd, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Seelye 201

Grief and Bereavement Sessions
August 6th, 5:30-7:00 p.m., in King house lower level room (Basement Level)
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
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.

Baccalaureate 2013: Interwoven
Sunday, August 11th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Helen Hills Chapel Baccalaureate is created each year by the graduating class to mark our transition and create a space for reflection and meaning-making. Through song, poetry, and stories, we celebrate and honor the interwoven path of our own lives and the lives of our fellow classmates, peers, and friends. All students, staff and faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend! A reception with light refreshments will follow the event.

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, 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 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
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COLLOQUIA
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.

A Learned Experience: Children with LD in Elementary School Classrooms & Implications for Social Work Practice
Wednesday, July 31st, 5:45-7:15 p.m., Dewey Hall Common Room
"A Learned Experience: Children with LD in Elementary School Classrooms & Implications for Social Work Practice” is a colloquium that will present relevant findings and implications for clinical social work practice drawn from the 2013 Masters Thesis Project titled "Positive Interventions for Children Diagnosed with Learning Disabilities: An Exploration of Educators' Lived Experiences" by MSW student Chelsea M. Dann. This research explored teachers' experiences using best practices in the classroom to support children with a learning disability. Findings include how school-based collaborative efforts could be utilized to better support students with an LD, their teachers and their parents. This research found that teachers do put forth best practices for students who are in an inclusive classroom but that there are many barriers and limitations for these teachers that in turn limit the impact that supportive practices should or could have on children with different learning styles. Social workers have an important role in understanding this dilemma and are in a position which could encourage newer or stronger strength-based student- and parent-friendly collaborative models in elementary schools. This presentation will include opportunity for open dialogue to deepen discussion. The intent of this work is to broaden the skills of social workers who work with children, in particular children with a learning disability diagnosis. For more information, click here!

Thesis Colloquium: Skin Bleaching/Skin Lightening in Black Women
Wednesday, July 31st, 7 p.m., Seelye 106
This presentation of a third summer Master's thesis exploratory study will look at the results of Skin Bleaching/ Skin Lightening among Black Women. The study explored women's motivations for engaging in these practices as well as the expectations and actual results of the process.

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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.