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Social Welfare at Berkeley THE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS winter 2016

Educating for Impact How teaching social work students research methodologies for real-world practice helped inform emergency room care


table of contents

winter 2016





Meet Berkeley Social Welfare’s newest faculty, Dean’s Office staff and CalSWEC staff

Understanding victimization risk factors for sexual minority youth Examining the barriers challenging societal reentry for the formerly incarcerated Cultivating emotional balance for social workers and helping professionals



Educating for Impact: Preparing MSW students for real-world research in community and agency settings The Why of the Work: How an intern research project helped uncover the systematic needs of frequent ER Users







Santa Clara and Alameda County donor luncheons MSW, Gerontology/Aging Services reunion Dean’s Circle Dinner

Faculty, field consultant, staff and student notes; in memoriam

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a letter from the dean Dear Friends and Colleagues, This has been an encouraging year for the School of Social Welfare, but we, like the rest of the country, could not avoid the impact of the presidential campaign. It affects not only us personally, but our families, our students, and, significantly, those we serve. The endless stream of provocative rhetoric has stoked fears and anxieties among numerous marginalized communities with whom we work. Speeches denouncing immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, Muslims and women have made many feel unsafe in their homes and in their daily lives. Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, too, have been forced to grapple with reopened wounds and the reality of tolerated sexual harassment and being called liars. It is under this new national context that we social workers must reaffirm our profession’s core values of “social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence” (NASW Code of Ethics, 2009). Here at Berkeley Social Welfare, we are working hard to ensure that the dignity and worth of every member of our society are acknowledged, respected and fought for. In the pages of this Social Welfare at Berkeley, you will see a sampling of the extraordinary efforts taking place in pursuit of this goal. We welcome our two newest faculty members, Dr. Yu-Ling Chang and Dr. Erin Kerrison, whose expertise addressing social and economic inequality contribute to the breadth and depth of our School’s scholarly endeavors. We also brought aboard our first-ever full-time lecturer, Eveline Chang, who plays a major role in infusing social justice into our curriculum. The School’s award-winning research continues to have real-world impact. This magazine highlights projects that explore the victimization of LGBTQ youth, the barriers affecting health and other societal outcomes for the formerly incarcerated and the cultivation of emotional balance among social workers to prevent burnout. Additionally, the cover story details how changes to the School’s curriculum are helping MSW students develop critical research skills that support their direct-service work, exemplified by a student group whose analyses revealed the systematic needs of the extremely vulnerable populations frequenting the ER. I am proud that the work being done at the School continues to be nationally recognized. Our undergraduate program was ranked number one and our Masters program number three among social work programs in the country. Several of our faculty also have been newly elected to membership of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), giving the School the distinction of having one of the highest proportion of faculty elected to this honorific society. There remains much work to do, however. We are currently developing plans to expand the availability of our MSW program to those who wish to work full-time and assume a greater leadership role. We know the profound impact our 12,000 alumni have had on improving the quality of life for our communities — but we also understand that we need to develop more social work leaders, fortified and guided by the values of our School and our profession, now more than ever. Sincerely,

Jeffrey Edleson, PhD Dean and Harry and Riva Specht Chair in Publicly Supported Social Services

cover photo: waiting in vain, Erwin Morales. San Pedro, Mexico City, Distrito Federal. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0., 2006.

NEW FACES Yu-Ling Chang Assistant Professor

Joining the Berkeley Social Welfare faculty this fall is Dr. Yu-Ling Chang, who recently earned her doctoral degree in social welfare from the University of Washington. The School of Social Welfare’s new assistant professor — whose research focuses on the relationships among poverty, inequality and social safety net programs — shares her first-year and long-term goals at Cal. Please tell us about your educational, professional and personal background. After earning my MSW from National Taiwan University in 2006, I began my social work career as a frontline practitioner at a public welfare center providing a variety of social services to low-income families in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to social work direct practice, I also worked as a policy analyst extern at the Washington State Budget and Policy Center from 2013 to 2014. In this position, I developed the Progress Index of Economy Security by performing analyses of low-wage workers and income support programs in Washington State. I earned my PhD in social welfare from the University of Washington in 2016, with a concentration in public policy and management and a certificate in the social science statistics track.



What influenced you to pursue an academic career in social welfare? My academic career is inspired by my post-MSW practice experiences serving and advocating for individuals suffering economic hardship in Taiwan and the US during the recent global recession. These experiences have contributed to my understanding of the connections between global economic forces and social conditions at the local, community level. I see that social policy plays a crucial role in allocating public resources. In order to advance social justice and improve economic resources for vulnerable populations, I have dedicated myself to research and teaching policies and practices that address social and economic inequalities. What first interested you in the position at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare? The position with a focus in the area of poverty and income inequality is a perfect fit for my research and teaching expertise. I was also attracted by the leadership of global programs at the School of Social Welfare. I believe my interdisciplinary training, expertise in poverty and social policy and cross-national professional experiences can make a valuable contribution to the School. What excited you most about coming to Berkeley? I look forward to working with the diverse student body and the excellent intellectual community at UC Berkeley. Particularly, I am interested in joining the multidisciplinary Economic Disparities Cluster under the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. What are some of your goals for the upcoming academic year? I would like to know more about my colleagues and students at the School of Social Welfare. I also plan to develop opportunities to collaborate with practitioners and researchers in the Bay Area and in the Pacific Rim, with a focus on the issues of poverty, income inequality and social safety net programs.

Erin M. Kerrison Assistant Professor

Dr. Erin M. Kerrison joins Berkeley Social Welfare this fall as an assistant professor. One of our newest faculty members shares details about her research interests, passion for social justice initiatives and dedication to “understanding and applying remedies that improve social equity.” Tell us about your educational and professional background. Before I even knew that I wanted to design, empower and lead social justice efforts, I was curious about who fit where and how those rules were even decided. I knew nothing of “policy,” “structural inequality” or “citizenship,” but I knew that belonging mattered and that far fewer people were “in” than should be. I started asking questions about who made the rules and drew these problematic borders, and I began learning how to contextualize and develop strategies to solve those problems. My research focuses on individuals and communities marked by criminal justice intervention, and much of it is informed by on-the-ground experiences, including secondary education expansion for incarcerated students, building family reunification programming for women living in halfway houses and developing culturally relevant substance abuse treatment modalities. (See Developments in Research, page 16). I hold a BA in sociology and philosophy from Haverford College, an MA in criminology, law and society from Villanova University, a PhD in criminology from the University of Delaware, and I was awarded a vice provost’s postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania. What influenced you to pursue an academic career in social welfare? I have admired and partnered with movers and shakers who are committed to social justice efforts that require and promote working side-by-side with individuals, families, schools, communities, organizations and government. Not only do social welfare researchers and practitioners build from these practices, but they are also committed to uplifting vulnerable and oppressed populations, many of whom are disproportionately impacted by dismantling criminal justice intervention. What interested you in the position at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare? The School’s strengths in methodological diversity and rigor, producing evidence-based and competency-based knowledge and a tangible commitment to social justice made this position particularly appealing to me. It is obvious that the School of Social Welfare is wholly devoted to efforts that advocate for the underserved, locally and globally. Knowing that Berkeley’s larger public mission is advanced through engaged scholarship sealed the deal.



What are you most looking forward to at Berkeley? To take on a position that requires constant exposure, confronting challenges and unimagined growth on a daily basis is truly a gift. In addition, being welcomed into a community that has pledged to nurture my long-term goals and ambitions is extraordinarily humbling. I am thrilled to help prepare informed and empowered students to build productive partnerships and realize their visions, and I am excited to partner with local agencies that also have a stake in that endeavor. What are some of your goals for the upcoming academic year? In addition to finishing my book this year, I plan to develop new courses that support our students’ needs, identify potential local research partnerships and learn as much I can about the remarkable array of resources and opportunities that exist on the Cal campus.

NEW FACES Eveline Chang Lecturer

In Fall 2016, Eveline Chang’s teaching role in Berkeley Social Welfare was expanded to allow her to become the School’s first full-time lecturer. In addition to teaching several social welfare courses, Chang leads an independent study to assist students in designing and implementing a series of social justice inclusion events throughout the academic year. Chang has spent more than 25 years developing and managing integrative, community-based programs rooted in social justice, activism, multicultural leadership development, popular education, self-determination and community wellness. She previously served as the manager of program development and training at the Oakland-based Women’s Cancer Resource Center. Her additional experiences include managing the WCRC In-Home Support Program, serving as director of youth programs with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and working with several vibrant multicultural youth empowerment and community organizations in Chicago, Detroit and Houston. She currently serves as a consultant facilitator with the Posse Foundation. Chang earned her MSW at the University of Michigan School of Social Work in interpersonal practice and community organizing, and she has integrated these approaches throughout her career. An avid lifelong learner, she continues to study and integrate the practices of cultural humility, antioppression work, restorative practices, mind-body medicine and the ancient art of Qigong.

Ben Berres

Assistant Dean for Strategy and Innovation Ben Berres joins Berkeley Social Welfare to focus on extending its partnerships with other units and community partners in addressing major social issues, such as child poverty, health, mental health and aging-in-place. Berres comes with a strong social work background. He holds an MSW and MPA from the University of Washington, where he also served in several strategic positions with Partners for Our Children, a public-private partnership in Washington State focused on addressing the needs of vulnerable children and their families touched by the child welfare system. Berres recently worked for Accenture on the design and delivery of state health and human-service technology projects.



Paulette Ianniello Financial Analyst

Berkeley Social Welfare’s new financial analyst, Paulette Ianniello, comes to the School after having spent the past 14 years with our affiliate, the National AIA Resource Center. In addition to greeting visitors to the main office, she will help staff and faculty process travel reimbursements, purchases and contracts; prepare financial reports; and assist with issues related to travel.

Emiko Moran Faculty and Events Administrative Assistant Emiko Moran joined Berkeley Social Welfare as our faculty and events administrative assistant. In this newly created position, she assists with coordination of School events and provides administrative support to faculty, staff and students. Moran recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara, and she previously worked in marketing and communications.

Denise Schiller Dean’s Assistant and Analyst As Berkeley Social Welfare’s new dean’s assistant and academic human resources analyst, Denise Schiller supports Dean Jeffrey Edleson and Assistant Dean Heidi Wagner. She also oversees the academic review process for the School’s faculty. She has a background in journalism and children’s literature and previously worked at UC Berkeley’s Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, housed within the Department of Economics, and UC San Diego’s Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, which is part of the Neurosciences Department.

Lia Swindle Project Coordinator, Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services Lia Swindle joined Berkeley Social Welfare in February to serve as the project coordinator for the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services. Her duties at the research center include event planning and website development and redesign. Previous to her current role, Swindle was heavily involved in her daughter’s cooperative preschool and getting settled in Northern California, having relocated from Canada.

Dr. Virginia Rondero Hernandez Executive Director, CalSWEC In September, Dr. Virginia Rondero Hernandez joined CalSWEC as the organization’s first full-time executive director and principal investigator. Dr. Rondero Hernandez previously served as the director of Social Work Education at California State University, Fresno and was the principal investigator for Fresno State’s Title IV-E stipend program and the Central California and Bay Area Training Academies, managing over $14 million in department allocations, external grants and state contracts. As the principal investigator of CalSWEC, she is responsible for managing a $57 million annual portfolio of grants and contracts with a highly-skilled executive team and staff. Dr. Rondero Hernandez earned her MSW from California State University, Sacramento and her PhD from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She has deep practice experience serving individuals, families and communities in the fields of early childhood education, developmental disabilities, transplantation services, medical services and public-school settings. Other prior experience includes serving as executive director of two nonprofit organizations and teaching social work for Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas; Texas State University, San Marcos; and CSU, Fresno. Dr. Rondero Hernandez is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of practice experience. She currently is on the Council on Social Work Education’s Leadership Development Council and is an accreditation site visitor. She is immediate past chair of the Northern California unit of the American Council on Education and a graduate of the HERS Bryn Mawr Women’s Leadership Program and the UC Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy. “Dr. Rondero Hernandez comes with a deep background in nonprofit management, county social work and teaching in graduate social work programs,” Berkeley Social Welfare Dean Jeffrey Edleson stated in announcing her appointment. “She is well known in California and deeply knowledgeable of CalSWEC’s work, having served for four years on its board and executive committee.” —Karen Ringuette



NEW FACES Gloria Balderas Events and Communications Specialist, CalSWEC Gloria Balderas joined CalSWEC in May, and her responsibilities are to coordinate all facets of CalSWEC’s more complex events, work with staff to develop a communications plan and work with the executive director and the executive team to develop event and communication strategies for CalSWEC’s internal and external constituencies.

Christopher Cajski Director of Technology and Instructional Design, CalSWEC Christopher Cajski became CalSWEC’s director of technology and instructional design in August. Among his responsibilities is expanding CalSWEC’s focus on the use of technology to improve the delivery of training to social work students and professionals. He will also supervise Distance Education Specialists Tim Wohltmann and Mauricio Wright and serve as a member of CalSWEC’s executive management team.

Colleen Clark Research Data Analyst, CalSWEC In October, Colleen Clark joined CalSWEC’s Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) SelfEvaluation Program as a research data analyst. In this role, she assists and supports ETO’s database development, maintenance, curricula development and training. Clark also works with various state and local child welfare practitioners to develop ongoing data gap analysis.

Afton Hencky Database Analyst, CalSWEC Afton Hencky, who became CalSWEC’s database analyst in August, supports both the Title IV-E and MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) Stipend Programs. Hencky will be responsible for managing new and existing student/graduate data for both stipend programs and plays a leading role in developing the new CalSWEC Student Information System (CSIS) data management platform and process.

developments in RESEARCH

Understanding the Victimization Risk Factors for Sexual Minority Youth




Throughout the fall semester, Assistant Professor Paul Sterzing and a team of Berkeley Social Welfare PhD students have been analyzing data collected in the spring and summer of 2015 for SpeakOut, a three-year project funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The study involved interviewing hundreds of LGBTQ middle- and high-schoolers across the US to explore the multiple types and environments in which these youth experience violence and victimization, including family, peer, school, online and community contexts. The final sample size totaled 1,177 respondents, including nearly 300 genderqueer youth — teens who identify as bigender, gender fluid or gender variant — as well as 66 youth who identify as transgender. Dr. Sterzing notes that the inclusion of these voices and stories helps flesh out the breadth of these at-risk teens’ experiences. “There’s a growing body of data around sexual minorities, including gay, lesbian and bisexual,” he explains, “but there is hardly anything on people who identify as genderqueer or who don’t fit into the gender binary.” The first paper emerging from the study focuses on this specific population, particularly the overwhelming rate in which “genderqueer youth were the most victimized” among the respondents and the most likely to be polyvictimized — experiencing five or more unique forms of violence — in the last year. Additional topics being explored in forthcoming SpeakOut papers include family typologies that increase or decrease risk for polyvictimization, such as “high affirmation/low maltreatment, rejection and adversity” and “high to moderate maltreatment and rejection/low affirmation and adversity;” best practices for conducting incentivized, anonymous, online surveys with hard-to-reach adolescent populations; social-ecological predictors of polyvictimization at the individual-, family- and community-levels; and rates of depression, post-traumatic stress and suicidality for genderqueer, transgender and cisgender sexual minority adolescents. Dr. Sterzing discusses some of the most notable findings from the SpeakOut data collection; the challenges of conducting an anonymous, online, nationwide survey dealing with highly sensitive issues; and additional avenues of research for the near future.

photo: She Captured My Heart, Walt Stoneburner CC BY-NC-ND 2.0., 2012.

How did SpeakOut recruit participants for the survey? The bulk of our participants came from Facebook. We had three campaigns — one specifically for men attracted to the same or both sexes and one for women attracted to one or both sexes. The third was a broader campaign in which our advertisement was seen by 14- to 19-year-old Facebook users who showed interest in LGBTQ-related topics or organizations. We also partnered with 12 community LGBTQ youth organizations across the country. They advertised the study by putting a blurb on their website and Facebook page and hanging a poster in their building to let people know about the survey. What did participants see when they arrived at We shot two videos that featured five LGBTQ undergraduates and the principal investigator. One video was promotional and another was for consent. The promotional video was descriptive and also a bit of a testimonial about the importance of both research in this area and the sharing of the actors’ personal stories of LGBTQ-related victimization and family rejection. The consent video described the risks, benefits and their rights as research participants. Our larger thinking was that as an online survey, we don’t have the benefit of sitting down face-to-face with the participants and conveying the study’s importance. We thought that leveraging videos featuring LGBTQ peers would help convey the urgency and also sustain the interest needed to get through a 30- to 50-minute survey. Please describe the survey process. The most likely mechanism is youth would click on a Facebook ad that took them to our website. They would then watch the promotional video and click on the link for the online survey, which was hosted by a third-party vendor called DatStat.

1,177 respondents 66

300 genderqueer youth transgender youth

Next, they would watch the consent video and answer five questions about consent. The study required a parental waiver, which was a safety protocol to ensure the youth attended to and comprehended the consent information. They had to indicate they understood the risks, benefits and purposes of the study. They would be blocked if they failed more than three attempts at answering the questions. The next step was eligibility. They were allowed to proceed with the survey if they met all the inclusion criteria. After completing the survey, they could request the incentive, which was a $15 giftcard. Those who agreed were directed to a second survey that collected their identifying information and sent it to our giftcard vendor. No identifying information was made available to the research team to protect the confidentiality of the minors in the study. We had several protocols in place to protect the integrity of the data. If an email address was already received, it was auto-rejected. We trained our giftcard vendor to conduct a hand-review once a week to identify red flags, such as when the names were similar, but the email addresses were different. We would receive the subject IDs for these flagged participants and manually exclude them from the final dataset. We also had IP addresses hooked, so that those found to be ineligible or had already completed a survey couldn’t try to retake the survey.

photo: The SpeakOut website features a video with LGBTQ undergraduates conveying the importance of the study and survey.


Did anything surprise you or counter expectations? When I sat down to do this project, I theorized there were family-level experiences that increased risk for polyvictimization — dealing with familial microaggressions, those subtle forms of invalidation and insult that sexual and gender minorities often face.

but that they’re also being stigmatized among cisgender, sexual minorities and among the transgender community? These are bigger questions, but clearly we’re seeing a strong pattern across almost every type of victimization and the overall measure of polyvictimization. It was a very robust finding.

But one of the things we heard from our youth advisory board members during the design phase of the online survey was that kids were experiencing both microaggressions and microaffirmations in their families. They described family members who were both affirming and rejecting, depending on the topic related to their sexual or gender identity.

Future research is going to have to do further unpacking, but we are proposing some thinking. Minority stress theory says having access to community-level forms of support are really vital to well-being and helping buffer people from negative outcomes. Potentially, genderqueer kids may have less access to those forms of community.

We also found a segment of youth who only experienced affirmation and didn’t report negativity. Even more

Furthermore, there’s a social penalty for transgressing against the gender binary. Cisgender, sexual minority kids still adhere to the male-female binary, and the transgender

Why would genderqueer kids be more likely to be victimized? Is it because they are not only stigmatized and potentially excluded at the heterosexual community-level, but that they’re also being stigmatized among cisgender, sexual minorities and among the transgender community? interestingly, there were youth who were low on negativity and low on affirmation; sexuality and gender weren’t ever discussed within the family. For example, we heard a youth talk about parents who were first-generation immigrants and sexuality and gender were just not topics of conversation in the home. There was an absence of both negativity and warmth regarding his LGBTQ identity. What are the most important factors to emerge from the data collection? I want to stress that everyone in the sample was a sexual minority, but it really does appear that gender minorities are even more victimized than sexual minorities. The people who identified as noncisgender — those whose experiences of their own gender do not agree with the sex they were assigned at birth, nor do they identify as transgender — were the more victimized group versus those who identified as cisgender. That’s hugely important and something we’re trying to unpack. Why would genderqueer kids be more likely to be victimized? Is it because they are not only stigmatized and potentially excluded at the heterosexual community-level,

community also exists within the binary. Genderqueer kids, on the other hand, are basically saying, “I don’t fit into either one of these two spaces.” It might be that family, peers and community members engage in more frequent and violent gender policing to punish their violations of this binary. Also emerging from the study is the role of family experiences as a potential pathway to polyvictimization for youth. We found family-level microaggressions seem to be just as much of a risk factor on youth becoming polyvictimized in their lifetime as experiencing maltreatment and other forms of family violence. This has huge implications. For some LGBTQ youth, becoming polyvictimized appears to be connected to family experiences. If we want to help address polyvictimization, it has to start here. It has implications for ways in which we speak to families about the impact of these mild, subtle forms of microaggression. They may have profound mental health consequences and possibly long-lasting impact into adulthood. //


developments in RESEARCH

photo: The Great Journey of Leonard the Leaf, Nicholas Cardot CC BY-NC-ND 2.0., 2014.




Examining the Barriers Challenging Societal Reentry for the Formerly Incarcerated in Hustles and Hurdles Berkeley Social Welfare Assistant Professor Erin M. Kerrison’s research agenda investigates the impact that compounded structural disadvantage, concentrated poverty and state supervision have on service delivery, substance abuse, violence and other health outcomes for individuals and communities marked by criminal justice intervention. This is reflected in her book-in-progress, Hustles and Hurdles, in which she foregrounds the “life history and reentry narratives for a sample of 300 drug-involved men and women who have served sentences in state prisons.” By delving into her subjects’ “firsthand accounts of how their local structural conditions are coupled with a body of contemporary legislation that imposes significant reentry barriers to full citizenship and the possibility of desistance,” Dr. Kerrison’s project provides an analysis of how law, labor markets, neighborhoods, criminal justice surveillance and substance abuse affect outcomes related to the cessation of offending behaviors.

Dr. Kerrison is motivated by an empathetic imperative to disseminate a more nuanced understanding of the challenges shaping these individuals’ personal trajectories. She observed that the men and women in her study were an average age of 29.6 when released from their prison sentence, while she at that age was completing her doctoral dissertation. “I’ve always said that this could’ve been me, and it is only by sheer luck that I was born into the circumstances that have provided me with such immense privilege and opportunity,” she states. “Everyone is deserving of a fair chance at health and safety. I owe it to those who were not granted my freedoms not only to tell their truth, but to improve their futures.” Dr. Kerrison shares details of Hustles and Hurdles, including commonalities among her respondents, her research methodologies and the findings that both defied her expectations and have public policy implications for the overall well-being of the formerly incarcerated. “They know what they need,” she writes. “And the onus is on all of us to see that they get it.”

What are the common threads emerging from your subjects’ personal narratives? Though their offending and victimization histories vary, everyone in the study participated in a prisonbased experimental therapeutic community substance rehabilitation program, and all were released from prisons in Delaware during the early and mid-1990s. As such, these formerly imprisoned men and women were thrust into a reentry context marked not only by deindustrialization and a structurally divested Rust Belt economy, but also a host of “collateral consequences” legislation, or state and federal statutes that limit the privileges of full citizenship for those with criminal convictions. The men and women were interviewed in 2010 and 2011 about their reentry experiences and how micro (self and personal relationships), meso (healthcare providing institutions and community-based supervision agencies) and macro (deindustrialization, dissolution of social welfare and restructuring of disability benefit eligibility) forces shaped their efforts to desist from crime and substance abuse. What theories were used to analyze your data? Drawing from rational choice, critical race and intersectionality theories, this work considers how the tensions between multi-dimensional layers of inequality and control shape employment outcomes and reentry experiences across varied social groups. These lenses inform my critique of one-size-fits-all policy responses aimed at vastly diverse groups. In addition, this text leverages a sociolegal theoretical framework to underscore how the significance of law in the everyday lives of citizens marked by a criminal record is modified by labor market, health and broader socioeconomic contexts. Ethnographic data collected



also illuminate the space, identity and culture of the environment that this cohort must navigate. Derived from a multi-theoretical approach, this study demonstrates how law, labor markets, neighborhoods, criminal justice surveillance and substance-abuse patterns are compounded and steer long-term desistance and health outcomes. What do you consider the most important findings in Hustles and Hurdles? Some of my earlier analyses suggest that the statistical likelihood of membership in an offending or desisting life-course trajectory is not at all influenced by one’s employment status. In other words, for this substanceaddicted sample, securing employment — most of which nets meager long-term benefits — has little to no demonstrable impact on the likelihood of their quitting crime. Given the criminological emphasis placed on the significance of employment on recidivism outcomes, I was very surprised by these findings. However, in paying close attention to the descriptions of the physical, social and economic labor context to which this prisoner reentry cohort returned, it became increasingly apparent that the fallout related to disadvantaging circumstances in each of these domains, including employment, is influenced by one’s relationship

“For those making every effort to redefine themselves and lead a life consistent with their new identities, they are rejected by institutions that fail to create a space or infrastructure that will support those efforts.”

to mainstream institutional norms and expectations as well as their proximity to networks engaged in those spaces. By that I mean for a multi-marginalized cohort of over 300 former prisoners, the extent to which many of them can “buy-in” to a conventional life is conditioned by their ability to access and participate in the activities consistent with a prosocial existence. This is not to say that criminal justice-involved people are inherently anti-social and lack a desire to maximize health and safety opportunities for themselves and their communities. Rather, the effort that it takes to secure gainful employment during a moment of industrial economic abandonment or overcome addiction when the stain of a drug felony conviction is promised to follow you for the remainder of your life is often not worth the struggle. For those making every effort to redefine themselves and lead a life consistent with their new identities, they are rejected by institutions that fail to create a space or infrastructure that will support those efforts.

“While a very bleak reality, I was comforted by the men and women frequently highlighting the burdens of structural violence and isolation, rather than exclusively assigning selfblame and giving up on themselves altogether.” As such, many of these men and women spoke of improvising and doing the best that they can, the best way that they can. The “hustles” and “hurdles” that I refer to in the book’s title are a reflection of the intentional harm reduction steps taken by the men and women I spoke with (deescalating substance abuse from daily heroin intake to occasional marijuana consumption), and the justification of working in underground markets against the mandates of their probation officers, in the hopes of securing fast and much-needed income. There is rationalization of deviance that appears to be a natural and reasonable response to what is for many, an impossible (re)integration project.

Many of the hurdles that respondents identified were attributed to ill-conceived criminal justice protocol and disenfranchising restrictions on employability that are codified in statutory law. Thus, for this sample, individual-level legal consciousness or attitudes towards law and legal institutions appear to impact one’s willingness and capacity to desist from crime and substance use. Respondents spoke at length about how these disenfranchising laws undermine their sense of citizenship and belonging — so much so that continued efforts toward mainstream adoption is futile at best and deeply alienating at worst. The very laws allegedly aimed at buttressing public safety and reassurance are instead engendering an immense collective sentiment of betrayal and exclusion. What findings suprised you? Given what is touted in dominant criminological discourses, I expected that employment would be a hook for change for at least the white people sampled. The data, however, suggest otherwise. Despite any social capital or second-chance benefits conferred, even white men and women in the sample were still using and offending, even while fully employed. Some, in fact, cited that it was because they weren’t afraid of losing their jobs or believed that they could easily find another, they were more comfortable continuing to use and offend. I was also shocked by the proportion of folks who are very rational about their substance-abuse patterns. Hope and effort are powerful elements, but structural infrastructure and social capital are necessary, too. While a very bleak reality, I was comforted by the men and women frequently highlighting the burdens of structural violence and isolation, rather than exclusively assigning self-blame and giving up on themselves altogether. They know what they need, and the onus is on all of us to see that they get it. //

DR. EVE EKMAN (MSW ’06, PHD ’14)

Cultivating Emotional Balance for Social Workers and Helping Professionals Berkeley Social Welfare alumna Eve Ekman (MSW ’06, PhD ’14) describes her research as focusing on the application of “emotion regulation and basic mindfulness and meditation techniques” — techniques that she is currently teaching to both medical-resident trainees and the general public as part of her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Noting the Osher Center’s uniqueness within the medical institution in embracing an “Eastern, contemplative approach to healing,” Dr. Ekman says that her work with the residents is a briefer version of the evidence-based Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) trainings she offers throughout the world. Developed by her father, Dr. Paul Ekman, and Dr. B. Alan Wallace, CEB is a mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) that she first started teaching in 2010 while still a PhD student at Berkeley Social Welfare.



developments in RESEARCH “I did my doctoral work in a juvenile jail with people I consider to be care providers — the guards,” Dr. Ekman explains. “Now I’m working with care providers who are physicians. There are a lot of differences, but in these institutions — hospitals, jails or schools — you have workers whose everyday empathy and compassion make a big difference for the people they work with.” She notes that the UCSF residents have taken a particular interest in her trainings because “the scientific evidence of why this works definitely resonates, and they’re excited about how they can use it for their patients, as well.” Emotional Balance and Self-Care for Social Workers Dr. Ekman emphasizes that social workers and other frontline helping professionals, in particular, are “susceptible to so much empathy fatigue because of the work and the systems they work within.” “My kind of pithy line is, ‘If you really want to manage your stress, you have to understand your emotions,’ because stress is just the over-arousal of emotions. Nothing more and nothing less,’” she says. “My research focuses on helping workers prevent burnout, and many different things can work for people. I’m not going to say that meditation and emotional regulation are the only things, but I do believe there are components that work — some form of social support and communications, some form of inquiry and reflection and some form of getting close to your intention, aspiration and meaning.

“I can walk into a room with all MSWs, and they would be able to quickly tell me their core motivations,” she continues. “They will be able to reflect on their experiences and share with each other. What they tend to have more difficulty doing, however, is prioritizing and practicing self-care,” which Dr. Ekman contends is vital for both personal and professional development. “To make time for it or believe in some way they deserve it is a big obstacle for social workers and healthcare providers. The idea, ‘I deserve to be cared for, too’ is a big leap.” Dr. Ekman, who is the first and only social worker to have ever conducted research and serve as a postdoc at the Osher Center, is hopeful that CEB becomes “part of therapeutic interventions or trainings that caregivers already have.” “I am consistently researching how to use Cultivating Emotional Balance [tools], especially for high-stress caregiving populations,” she says. “It’s very intimidating to think about sitting for 20 minutes with your own mind when you’re truly struggling with secondary traumatic stress, lack of sleep and all sorts of other complex grief or dealing with things happening in your daily work. “I think brief moments of meditation — this aspect of regularity and coming together — are really where it’s at and supported in classic contemplative practice. There’s this idea of many moments of awareness, which is a truly awesome practice.” //

Drs. Paul and Eve Ekman presenting “Atlas of Emotions” at Berkeley Social Welfare, November 2016

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EDUCATING FOR IMPACT Preparing MSW Students for Real-World Research in Community and Agency Settings In 2013, as Berkeley Social Welfare was undergoing its reaccreditation process, the School faculty and administration identified the MSW program’s Research Methods sequence as an element of the curriculum that needed updating.


Methods committee, notes that the old model had a “junior science-focus.” “It was designed as if the students were going to pursue a PhD in the future, and they were formulating a research question,” he says. “Almost as if they were constructing a grant proposal or an academic article to be submitted for publication — what doctoral students and faculty do.”

As a result, a special committee was formed to rethink the School’s approach to the research methodology coursework and formulate a strategy that would improve the quality of students’ experiences across the board. Students who fared best tended to to have field instructors with strong research backgrounds or placements in agencies with existing data, and more uniformity needed to be established.

That format resulted in an overly stressful situation for a number of MSW students whose path did not lead to further doctoral studies. “The reality is that most of these students are going into the field to be practitioners,” says Dr. Sterzing. “There are types of research that they need to prepare for their work in agencies, like program evaluation, needs assessment and designing measures. We wanted to try to bring that practice relevance to the Research Methods sequence.”

Berkeley Social Welfare Assistant Professor Paul Sterzing, who served as chair of the Research

As part of their preparation for the curricular changes, the committee looked at the research


coursework for MSW programs at schools and departments of social work across the country. They observed a general shift towards research that was agency-specific, or “something that might actually be done in the field once students started working,” according to Dr. Sterzing. “Part of the criticism of our School had been that the research hasn’t always been as connected to the communities as it could be,” he explains. “This was an opportunity to address those critiques. It was about trying to create a better synergy between the University, the School and the community as well as developing a better connection between the research we conduct and provide and the research actually being done in the larger community.”

... For the 2014-15 pilot year of the new Research Methods sequence, Dr. Sterzing worked in conjunction with Director of Field Education Greg Merrill to put out a call to agency partners and field instructors. The request for potential research assignments for MSW intern groups resulted in 30 projects. For the current 2016-17 academic year, the project request was extended to doctoral students, faculty and field agencies, with 40 projects submitted and 22 accepted. Dr. Sterzing explains that the initial year of the new sequence, in particular, involved a learning curve. During the period, a clear picture emerged regarding which types of projects were more likely to be successful — those with developed and articulated research questions, feasible timelines for an academic year and, in some cases, with student interns already in-place — and which projects were likely to struggle, such as those still in the midst of an approval process or awaiting staff hires. Additionally, feedback from student participants played a strong role in helping shape future iterations of the Research Methods sequence. “At the end of the pilot year there was a series of focus groups facilitated by a doctoral student,” says Dr. Sterzing. “We got feedback on how to improve the process.”

photos: Current Research Methods course faculty Paul Sterzing, Anu Manchikanti Gómez and Neil Gilbert

Among the changes that were implemented in the second year as a result of the focus-group conversations was a prioritization of student project selection. “In the first year, we let the groups form and then they would select a project,” he explains. “But we got a very loud and clear message that individuals were most interested in the project itself. That would become an issue if their group members didn’t agree. We ended up reversing it, where students now first select their project and work with group members with the same preference.”

... Now in its third year, the revamped MSW research sequence functions in the rapid-fire steps of roundtable participation, project rank-ordering, project assignment, informing students of their project and course section and informing agencies about their student groups. The process begins with the MSW students convening at the beginning of the semester with the Research Methods course faculty. The students then prepare for the roundtable event, which involves the agency field instructors meeting with them to discuss the respective projects, research questions and expected deliverables — a process described by Berkeley Social Welfare Field Instructor at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and alumna Tracy Schrider (MSW ’89) as “speed dating” (see following story).



The following day, students rank-order their top five projects, with the faculty meeting later in the week to determine the groups, which consist of three to five students each. By the end of the week, students are informed of their project assignments, and, based on that, they officially enroll in the Research Methods section that reflects the direction of their research project. For example, students whose projects focus on secondary data analysis and program evaluation are assigned to Professor Neil Gilbert’s section. Students who selected more qualitative researchoriented projects work under Assistant Professor Anu Manchikanti Gómez, and those looking at survey and measurement design are in Dr. Sterzing’s section. “This course, with all its moving parts, has required a lot of creative thinking,” says Dr. Sterzing, who, with Berkeley Social Welfare doctoral student Genevieve Graff (PhD ’17), delivered a presentation at the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting on the topic of developing the new Research Methods sequence model. “Every year, we’re getting better and quicker and finding new ways to incorporate student feedback and to communicate so that first-year MSW students know what to expect.” “As we continue to do that, our student become more informed and better satisfied with their research experiences, and it will be better for our community partner agencies as well,” he adds. //

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The Why of the Work:

How MSW students’ research helped uncover the systematic needs of frequent ER users

“How do we do a better job with our complex highest utilizing patients?”

importantly, help inform service provision to Alta Bates Summit patients.

That was the question at the heart of the research project proposed to Berkeley Social Welfare by Sutter Health-Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Administrative Supervisor for Social Work and Berkeley Social Welfare Field Instructor Tracy Schrider (MSW ’89). It was also the very issue that Schrider and her organization had been working on prior to the invitation from the School for project proposals to advance the learning needs and research skills of MSW student interns, and, even more

In 2015, Schrider had enlisted the aid of then-Berkeley Social Welfare student Kamilla Maciel Tien (MSW ’15), who was serving her field placement at the medical center. Under the auspices of the new Camden Coalition for Health Providers partnership, an N=1 case study was launched in an attempt to discern the larger picture of what was happening with the hospital’s “hardest patient.” Maciel Tien created an ecomap, which Schrider describes as “a graphic

photo: Tracy Schrider (MSW ’89) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center with a portrait of Alta Alice Minor Bates

Schrider says she knew that a larger examination of the aggregate data could yield important findings about the “high utilizers” of emergency-room and in-patient services. She participated in the Fall 2015 Berkeley Social Welfare roundtable for MSW students, using slides and some of the data prepared by Maciel Tien to “sell” the Alta Bates Summit research project to potential interns. Ultimately, Rina Breakstone (MSW ’16), Minah Clark (MSW ’16), Jenny Lam (MSW ’16) and Yvonne Yung (MSW ’16) were the students to sign on to the project.

depiction of all the different hospitals and case management places for homelessness and substance use” that were being utilized by the patient. “Kamilla and I worked from the questions, ‘How do you take a patient experience by collecting the data and telling the story of it?’ and ‘How do you graphically depict it in a compelling way?’” What they uncovered spoke volumes about how paying close attention to the experience of one patient can shed light on the changes needed in a fragmented healthcare system. The patient had logged 80 emergency room visits in a six-month period as well as nearly 900 ambulance rides over three years. The costs were astronomical, but more significantly, the patient’s most serious and ongoing needs were not being met. Schrider notes that this was exacerbated by the lack of coordination among all the centers frequented by the patient. “We would be referring her to one case management service but she was already involved with another. She had too many referrals.” An important outcome is that since then, after gathering the community partners for a case conference in May 2015 and working together, the patient now has housing and coordinated case management, resulting in zero ED visits to Alta Bates Summit in the last year.



To begin this massive undertaking, the MSW students and field instructor worked with Alta Bates Summit’s data and strategy department to obtain a dataset for all the inpatients and medical-surgical patients, including those from the emergency department, from July 2014 to July 2015. Once they gained access to the information, the MSW students de-identified their subjects by patient needs to discern who the high utilizers were, how they were using the services and where systematic failures looked to be occurring based on the fragmentation or disorganization of the larger healthcare infrastructure. “We’re often focused on patients who are in the norm, but where we can learn the most are the outliers,” says Schrider. The project’s dataset required combing through records for thousands of individuals, resulting in the students’ research skillset developing in numerous ways. Patient privacy was the highest priority, so the data had to be kept completely onsite. The students also benefitted from resources and partnerships within Alta Bates Summit, particularly with the lead researcher in the Research, Development and Dissemination (RD&D) division. “Social workers can’t do this work alone,” explains Schrider. “We need to understand the power of data to be able to advocate for programs and evaluation. We need these partners to cultivate methodologies that are grounded in good and correct data.”


Breakstone, Clark, Lam and Yung’s findings were remarkable. Working with the thesis, “In order to

cover story photo: Jenny Lam (MSW ’16), Rina Breakstone (MSW ’16), Minah Clark (MSW ’16) and Yvonne Yung (MSW ’16)

provide appropriate care and reduce expensive and ineffective use of the hospital, we must first understand the demographics and needs of this population,” they surmised that two distinct patient groups were representing the “greatest burden” in terms of resources to Alta Bates Summit — the “high utilizers,” defined as patients with 10 or more ED visits within a 12-month period, and the “super utilizers,” who had 10 or more ED visits as well as five or more inpatient admissions within 12 months. The student team learned that the super utilizers represented just five percent of the patient population but an astonishing 69 percent of the cost. During the timeframe, the high and super utilizers collectively accrued costs of more than $11 million. Observing that “individuals in this patient population often face multiple complex social challenges, ranging from mental illness, joblessness, homelessness, substance abuse, early-life traumas, social isolation to poverty and unstable or chaotic living conditions,” the students’ recommendations included exceptional interdisciplinary coordination within the hospital, stronger coordination with community partners, the creation of a centralized housing registry that prioritizes these patient populations, enhanced cultural competency to better serve patient needs and a focus on reuniting patients with their families. In recognition of Breakstone, Clark, Lam and Yung’s dedicated efforts and hard work in collecting and analyzing the data, the School of Social Welfare selected their final paper, “High Utilizers and Super Utilizers at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center: Who are they and how can they be supported?” for the Excellence in Social Work Research Award last spring. The effects of their research also continue to resound at their field placement site. Schrider says that while Alta Bates Summit’s RD&D is in the process of validating the data, the findings are informing and influencing strategic thinking. For example, the medical center is currently partnering with Housing First and community agencies to help focus on these patient groups.

“What does it mean?” asks Schrider. “It means we need to be deploying resources, strategy and targeted interventions. We need to segment that population and say, ‘This is not just an assembly line of people.’ We can’t do the same thing for everyone. We need to consider some are much more complex patients, and ask, ‘How do we wrap around them? How do we have better partnerships with the community? How do we do handoffs? How do we have a shared-care plan?’” One significant result of the learnings, Schrider notes, is that Alta Bates Summit pioneered cross-hospital Emergency Department Information Exchange software in March for sharing data with other area hospital EDs. The Berkeley Social Welfare graduate and longtime field instructor adds, “I am very committed, particularly in this historic moment, for social workers to be savvy about delivering traumainformed care across settings.” For Schrider, the dataset encompassing the long-term patterns of some of the most difficult challenges of vulnerable patients was another important way “to connect” the MSW interns she supervises to the profession’s “mission and vision.” “It’s the why of the work,” she says.


center photo: Lunchtime gathering at alumna Leah Reider’s Palo Alto, Calif., home. below: Images from the midday luncheon at Dean Edleson’s Berkeley home.

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MSW Alumni Meet Alumni-Donor


In June, the Berkeley Social Welfare South Bay Alumni Luncheon was hosted by Leah Reider (MSW ’71) in her Palo Alto, Calif. home. Speakers included Dean Jeffrey Edleson, who provided the group with updates about the School, and alumna Jenell Thompson (MSW ’01), who discussed her work as a San Mateo County social work supervisor. The Alameda County Donor/Alumni Luncheon was hosted by Dean Edleson in his Berkeley home this past October. In addition to the dean’s remarks, Berkeley Social Welfare Professor and alumna Jill Duerr Berrick (MSW ’87, PhD ’90) shared news about her latest publication and research in child welfare and foster care services. 28



Gerontology/Aging Services Concentration

Fall Reunion In September, the Berkeley Social Welfare Aging Advisory Committee and Professor Andy Scharlach hosted a reunion for the gerontology/aging services concentration. Fifty-five alumni, including a couple of the program’s most senior graduates, Jacqueline Ensign (MSW ’56) and Louis Labat (MSW ’72), as well as two visiting scholars and 10 current MSW students gathered at Berkeley’s Le Bateau Ivre. The afternoon was dedicated to renewing old friendships, hearing about recent developments at Berkeley Social Welfare, being inspired by guest speaker Fernando Torres-Gil, UCLA School of Public Affairs Professor and the first US Assistant Secretary for Aging, and a recommitment to the School and its future.

photos (this page): Alumni, current students, visiting scholars and faculty in Berkeley’s Le Bateau Ivre for the MSW, Gerontology/Aging Services reunion.

Dean’s Circle Dinner 2016 photo: Assistant Professor Yu-Ling Chang meets members of the Dean’s Circle at the March dinner event in Haviland Hall.



For more information on becoming a member of the Dean’s Circle, please contact Assistant Dean for Strategy+ Innovation Ben Berres at

In March, Berkeley Social Welfare paid tribute to its most generous and committed donors at the Dean’s Circle Dinner, an enduring School tradition. The annual spring event brings together School supporters, including alumni, current and retired faculty as well as friends who have established memorial fellowships for student support. Guests heard from Dean Jeffrey Edleson, who shared School updates and current priorities, and were introduced to one of Berkeley Social Welfare’s newest faculty members, Assistant Professor YuLing Chang (see New Faces, page 4). Special award presentations were made to Beclee and John Wilson, who received the Dedicated Service Award, and Catharine and Norbert Ralph, who were bestowed the Loyal Supporters Award. For the third year in a row, the dinner took place in Haviland Commons. Located in the heart of Haviland Hall, the multipurpose room functions as an event, lecture and study space. This year’s dinner immediately followed the 2016 Friedlander International Lecture, “Gender and Social Welfare in South Africa: Lessons from the South,” featuring University of Johannesburg Professor of Social Development Leila Patel.

Professor James Midgley’s Retirement Celebration

This year’s Dean’s Circle Dinner included a special tribute to longtime Berkeley Social Welfare Professor and former Dean James Midgley, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. Colleagues from as far as the UK, South Africa, Hong Kong and St. Louis came to honor Dr. Midgley’s distinguished career as one of the leading scholars in international social work and social policy. fifth from right: Professor James Midgley and his wife Khadija (center)

HAVILAND BRIEFS FACULTY NOTES Professor Mike Austin was honored with the Chauncey Alexander Lifetime Achievement Award “for his substantial and enduring contributions to the field of social work management” at the Network for Social Work Management’s national conference. This recognition from the practice community comes on top of similar recognition from his research colleagues (Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare) and educator colleagues (Association of Community Organization and Administration). Professor Jill Duerr Berrick published several articles, including “Social workers and independent experts in child protection decision making: Messages from an inter-country comparative study” in the British Journal of Social Work and “Parents’ involvement in care order decisions: A cross-country study of front line practice” in Child and Family Social Work, both co-authored by J. Dickens, T. Poso and M. Skivenes. Other recently released articles include “The financial well-being of children in family-based foster care: Exploring variation in income supports for kin and non-kin caregivers” in Children and Youth Services Review with R. Boyd and “Developing consistent and transparent kinship care policy and practice: State mandated, mediated, and independent care” in Children and Youth Services Review with J. Hernandez. Additionally, Dr. Berrick, CCWIP Project Director Wendy Wiegmann (PhD ’16) and Bridgette Lery’s (PhD ’05) Journal of Social Work Education article, “Building an Evidence-Driven Child Welfare Workforce: A University-Agency Partnership,” was selected to receive an Honorable Mention by the JSWE Editorial Board for “originality of thought, sound or innovative conceptualization of the topic, and conclusions and/or recommendations that add significantly to the professional knowledge base and to social work education.” Assistant Professor Yu-Ling Chang has been named the recipient of the 2017 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award for “State Social Safety Net Programs and the Great Recession: The First Line of Defense and the Last Resort for the Economically Disadvantaged.” The honor recognizes “the significance of the problem addressed in the research, the rigor of the analysis and its contribution to knowledge in social work and social welfare.” Dr. Chang will be presented her award at the SSWR Annual Conference in January. Professor Julian Chow was appointed the Hutto Patterson Charitable Foundation Chair in Child and Family Studies. He was also named Outstanding American by Choice (ABC) by the federal government’s US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) division. In October, he was honored at a special naturalization ceremony in Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, where he delivered remarks to 1,000 new American citizens hailing from 93 different countries. Additionally, Dr. Chow received



the Top University Strategic Alliance Short-Term Teaching Opportunities Award from the Taiwan Ministry of Education, a program administered through UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies. He also taught the doctoral seminar, “CommunityBased Participatory Research in Social Work,” at National Taiwan University’s Department of Social Work last June. Dean Jeffrey Edleson was appointed the Harry and Riva Specht Chair in Publicly Supported Social Services. He was also the featured speaker at the International Family Law Conference, sponsored by the Singapore Supreme Court, in September. He returned to Singapore in November to serve as the keynote speaker at the National Family Violence Networking System Conference, which marked 20 years since the establishment of the Networking System, based in large part on a plan developed by Dr. Edleson and colleagues in Singapore. He spoke about the history of developing family violence prevention programs and future innovations in practice, policy and research. Dr. Edleson also was honored last summer at the San Diegobased Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma’s 21st annual International Summit Conference, where he received the 2016 Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Research Award. Professor of the Graduate School Eileen Gambrill presented on “Integrating evidence informed practice in social work education” in a Hot Topics session at the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting. In October, she delivered an invited presentation to a conference of German professors of social work interested in ethics that took place at the University of Applied Science Social Work Department in Wurzburg, Germany, where she served as a visiting professor. She was also a speaker and participant at the conference on Judgement and Decision Making in Social Work in Germany’s University of Mainz. Dr. Gambrill’s recent publications include an essay review of M. Pack and J. Cargill’s (eds.) Evidence Discovery and Assessment in Social Work Practice in the International Journal of Social Welfare and “Is social work evidence-based? Does saying so make it so?” in the Journal of Social Work Education (online). Professor Neil Gilbert co-chaired the Third Annual Meeting of the International Network for Social Policy Teaching and Research, which took place at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, in October. He chaired and presented a paper at the International Network’s Symposium on “How Social Policies Impact Family Life.” Additionally, he delivered lectures on “Logic Models and Path Analysis” and “Poverty in the US and the EU: Reframing the Problem” at the Central European University Summer Program on Using Logic Models to Evaluate Social Programs in Budapest in July. Dr. Gilbert was also appointed co-editor-in-chief of the Oxford Library of International Social Policy. His recent publications

include “Institutionalized Discontent” in Society and “The 21st Century Enabling State: Public Support for Private Responsibility in the US” in Dongtao Qi and Lijun Yang’s (eds.) Social Development and Social Policy: International Experiences and China’s Reform. Assistant Professor Anu Manchikanti Gómez was awarded several grants, including two from the Society for Family Planning Research Fund for the projects, “Moving beyond unintended pregnancy: A national study of prospective pregnancy desires and acceptability,” for which she serves as principal investigator, and “Stages of change: A patient-centered study on LARC removal,” for which she is a co-principal investigator. She is also the coinvestigator for “Stress, Resilience and Coping in Hispanic Women in Fresno: The SOLARS Study Expansion,” which is being funded by an award from UCSF’s Resource Allocation Program. In June Dr. Gómez presented, “Unintended Pregnancy Prevention: Public Health Imperative, Clinical Outcome, or Reproductive Justice?” at the Abortion and Reproductive Justice: The New Revolution Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Additionally, her article, “‘Is That a Method of Birth Control?’ A Qualitative Exploration of Young Women’s Use of Withdrawal,” co-authored with Stephanie Arteaga, was published in the Journal of Sex Research. She was also a featured speaker in “LARCs: Access, Coercion and Reproductive Justice,” a webinar sponsored by SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Assistant Professor Erin Kerrison was nominated for membership to the Crime and Justice Research Alliance (CJRA)— a collaborative partnership between the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and the American Society of Criminology (ASC), representing more than 5,000 criminal justice scholars and research experts. Additionally, her paper, “The Effects of Age at Prison Release on Women’s Desistance Trajectories: A MixedMethod Analysis,” was published in the Journal of Life Course and Developmental Criminology and later featured in the Crime Report media outlet. Dr. Kerrison also served as a featured guest speaker/panelist in “The Public Classroom @ Penn Museum: Science and Race: History, Use, and Abuse,” a virtual classroom and moderated discussion hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum. The five-class series brought together “more than two dozen internationally recognized experts from diverse backgrounds for an in-depth and powerful exploration about race, science and justice.” Dr. Kerrison participated in the session, “Violence and Race,” which was live-streamed on November 16. Professor of the Graduate School Jim Midgley’s book, Social Welfare for a Global Era: International Perspectives on Policy and Practice, was published earlier this year by Sage Publications. The book is a broad overview of the field of international social welfare and is likely to be widely used in teaching international courses. He also participated in a conference in July to celebrate

the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, England, by presenting on the topic of “Social Protection: State, Market and Community.” Assistant Professor Tina Sacks received an award from the Berkeley Food Institute to fund a mixed-methods study entitled, “Gender Dynamics and SNAP/CalFresh Enrollment among Immigrant Households in California.” She is the principal investigator of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers that include colleagues from the Nutrition Policy Institute, the California Department of Social Services and the California Association of Food Banks. The study will explore women’s reports that they are dissuaded from enrolling in SNAP by their male partners who may fear engagement with state-sponsored programs. Professor Andy Scharlach participated in the Social Isolation Panel for the Grand Challenges in Social Work Policy Conference, which was sponsored by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW). He also delivered the keynote presentation, “Recent Research Findings about Villages,” at the National Village Gathering in Columbus, Ohio, and presented the UC Berkeley Free Speech Cafe Lecture, “It Takes a Village to Build a Society with 100 Percent More Seniors,” and the Homecoming talk, “Responding to the Challenges of an Aging Society: Creating Aging-Friendly Communities.” After retiring from his long-time tenured position as Mack Distinguished Professor in Mental Health and Social Conflict, Steven Segal has transitioned to the role of Berkeley Social Welfare Professor of the Graduate School. He was named a recipient of the Fulbright Scholars Program Award for Australia, where he was appointed an honorary professor at the University of Melbourne. Assistant Professor Valerie Shapiro has been invited to present at the American Academy of Medicine Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health workshop for “Training the Future Child Health Care Workforce to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Children, Youth, and Families.” She previously delivering the talk, “Unleash the Power of Prevention: Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth,” as part of the campus’ 2016 Homecoming event series. Dr. Shapiro’s recent publications include “Protective factor screening for prevention practice: Sensitivity and specificity of the DESSA-Mini” in School Psychology Quarterly and the Journal of Youth Development’s “The choices, challenges, and lessons learned from a multi-method social-emotional/character assessment in an out of school time setting,” co-authored with Sarah Accomazzo (MSW ’09, PhD ’14). Dr. Shapiro also co-authored Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth for the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) Grand Challenge Initiative, and she served as a panelist discussing

progress of the Grand Challenge initiative in the AASWSW Grand Challenges Webinar Series in October. Professor Jennifer Skeem has been named the Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor in Mental Health and Social Conflict. Her appointment will facilitate research on promoting positive development for at-risk children and adolescents. Additionally, she received an award from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) to conduct a five-year study that will advance policy for justice-involved people with mental illness. In these experiments, her team will test whether and how Interventions, a group treatment program, reduces recidivism, compared to existing justice services. Dr. Skeem and her colleagues’ recently accepted articles include “How well do juvenile risk assessments measure factors to target in treatment?” in Psychological Assessment; “Gender, risk assessment, and sanctioning: The cost of treating women like men” in Law and Human Behavior; and “Race, risk, and recidivism: Predictive bias and disparate impact” in Criminology.

FIELD CONSULTANT NOTES At this year’s CSWE APM, Field Consultants Robert Ayasse and Christina Feliciana each received special recognitions. Ayasse was honored at a ceremony at the Simmons School of Social Work reception with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in Field Education. Feliciana received the Excellence in Faculty Mentorship Award, which is granted through the CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work’s Education Mentor Recognition Program. She was honored at the Networking Breakfast Program, which “brings diverse women and men together to network and honor feminist research.” Berkeley Social Welfare field faculty also delivered several presentations at the Annual Program Meeting. On November 3, Luna Calderon, Feliciana and Greg Merrill presented a threehour Faculty Development Institute on “Facilitating Dynamic Field Seminars that Build Holistic Competence,” which was attended by 55 field directors across the nation. Calderon participated on a panel with four colleagues on “Expanding the Pool of Latina/o-Focused Social Workers through Latin@-Focused Programs.” The panel was attended by nearly 20 people and stimulated the need for a dialogue across social work programs regarding structures for this area of workforce development. Feliciana co-presented a workshop titled, “Cultural Humility: Praxis in Child Welfare.” The interactive session focused on uniting “the theory of cultural humility with the practice of safety assessment in working with a culturally marginalized family.” Merrill and Associate Professor Susan Stone presented an interactive workshop with the University of Toronto’s Marion Bogo on “Evaluating A Field Program: Mission Possible?” Susana Fong’s co-authored article, “The Affordable Care Act and integrated behavioral health programs in community health centers to promote utilization of mental health services among Asian Americans,” was published in Translational Behavioral Medicine.



STAFF NOTES Susan Edwards, who heads Berkeley Library’s social sciences division, which encompasses anthropology, business, education, psychology, environmental design and social research, was one of two recipients to receive the campus’ Distinguished Librarian Award. Edwards was nominated by Berkeley Social Welfare faculty, who paid tribute to her impressive efforts in combining collections from the education, psychology and social welfare libraries into Haviland Hall’s Social Research Library, “I’ve been a librarian for a long time and am passionate about what I do,” Edwards stated. “Being honored by my peers is incredibly moving.”

STUDENT NOTES MSW student Elle De La Cruz was selected as a fellow for the Council on Social Work Education’s 2016-17 Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (MFP-Y). The program “provides training and financial and professional development supports” to social work graduate students who are “direct-practice focused” and “committed to providing mental health services to at-risk children, adolescents and/or young adults in underserved racial/ ethnic minority communities.” Second-year MSW student Sade Daniels was selected by San Francisco’s Youth Center as one of the agency’s 2016 Loren Warboys Unsung Heroes for helping to “protect and improve the welfare of children in our nation’s foster care and juvenile justice systems.” Daniels was recognized in the category of “advocate and former foster youth” and honored for her “dedicated activism” and for “using her talents and experiences to reform foster care policy, practice and culture.” Last spring, PhD student Margaret Mary Downey presented the poster, “Iterative, Reflective, Intersectional: Implications for Integrating Qualitative Data into Contraceptive Counseling Protocols,” co-authored with Assistant Professor Anu Gómez, at the Twelfth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Urbana-Champaign, Ill. Downey was also named a Berkeley Law Human Rights Center fellow and spent the summer with the Homeless Prenatal Program as part of her fellowship award. MSW/PhD student Walter Gómez presented the poster, “Processes of Resilience among People Living with HIV/AIDS Seeking Vocational Rehabilitation: A Qualitative Approach,” at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa last summer. Additionally, his co-authored paper, “A community-engaged randomized controlled trial of an integrative intervention with HIV-positive, methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men,” was published in July. Doctoral candidate Stephania L. Hayes published “Fear of Adverse Mental Health Treatment Experiences: Initial Psychometric Properties of a Brief Self-Report Measure,” co-authored with Professor Steven Segal, in Psychological Assessment. She is also assisting in the creation of the Mental Health America National Certified Peer Specialist Exam, the first nationwide credentialing effort to recognize advanced peer support specialists working in mental health settings.

PhD student Woojin Jung was selected as one of 20 Human Rights Center fellows from four University of California campuses. Over the summer, she partnered with Nari Gunjan (Women’s Voice) in India’s Bihar State. The agency’s mission is to empowers Dalit (the scheduled caste) girls and women through the medium of education. Social welfare undergraduate Shonté Johnson was awarded a Bank of the West grant to support Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency’s Career Training and Education Center, a program that provides job placement and training to previously incarcerated individuals. Johnson also spent the summer conducting independent research in the Ronald E. McNair

in memoriam Henry Miller passed away on August 26, 2016, at the age of 87. Born to a poor immigrant family at the start of the Great Depression, Henry graduated from Woonsocket High School in Rhode Island in 1946, and spent the next two years of his life in the US Army. After leaving the service, he received his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. With his MSW in hand, Henry spent five years honing his skills in clinical practice as a caseworker in New York City, after which he went on for a PhD in social welfare at Columbia University. He joined the School of Social Welfare faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1962; it was the start of a turbulent era roiled by the Free Speech Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, People’s Park, the Vietnam War, the Black Panthers and the psychedelic carrying-on of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. In a personal reminiscence of this period Henry summed it up as “a time of trouble, but also a time of excitement. It was deadly serious, and it was sometimes ludicrous. It was both deeply sincere and blatantly hypocritical. Somehow, with very few exceptions, we all survived.” Henry did more than survive. As an author of four books and numerous articles, he was a dedicated scholar whose research exerted an intellectual force that shaped the field of social work. His scholarly contributions reflected an abiding interest in applying scientific analysis to sharpen clinical judgements and improve the effectiveness of social casework. Henry’s 1971 book, Problems and Issues in Social Casework (with Scott Briar), brought a critical lens to bear on social work practice, challenging the profession to examine prevailing assumptions. A demanding critique of the state of research on casework effectiveness, this work was an impassioned argument for the introduction of evidence-based practice, which is today widely embraced by the profession. Ahead of his time in pressing to advance a rigorous research agenda in the field, Henry was also interested in bringing research technology into the

Scholars program and presented her findings last month at the 24th Annual National Ronald E. McNair Symposium. Doctoral candidate Zach Morris is the recipient of a 2016 Dissertation Fellowship from the Disability Research Consortium’s Mathematica Center for Studying Disability Policy, a cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration. He also participated in a panel held at Stanford Law School’s Third Conference for Junior Researchers entitled, “Learning by Comparison: Perspectives of Comparative Law,” by presenting his dissertation research on “Reforming the Disabled State: A Comparative Policy.”

Henry Miller (1929 - 2016) Professor of Social Welfare, Emeritus classroom. He was instrumental in helping Berkeley Social Welfare to secure funds for one of the first instructional computing labs on campus, which focused on using computers as an integral tool for instruction. While seeking to strengthen the scientific foundations of social work practice, Henry never forgot his roots as a child of the Great Depression. He was deeply engaged in studying unemployment and poverty in American society, and the existential experience of vulnerable populations. His 1991 book, On the Fringe: The Dispossessed in America, examined the customs and mores of transient groups — vagabonds, hobos, hippie street people and the present-day homeless — from the middle-ages to modern times. Henry was particularly interested in the way these groups were both stigmatized and in some cases romanticized as free spirits. He found these public attitudes wanting; the dispossessed deserved more. The recognition of human dignity and all people’s entitlement to respect are themes that echo throughout his work. Henry was a modest person with a quick smile, which never left him. A few months before his death two friends brought some delicatessen over for lunch. After taking the first bite, he nodded his head, smiling: “Didn’t anyone ever tell you that Jewish people don’t put mayonnaise on a pastrami sandwich?” A hard-nosed empiricist, Henry wrote with the warm-hearted hand of a poet in prose that conveyed deep sympathies for the disadvantaged without romanticizing the human condition. An exceptional scholar and teacher, he was loved by his students, admired by his colleagues and highlyrespected by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Connie Philipp and their children Philipp and Laura, his sons Adam and Charles from his first marriage to Alice and seven grandchildren. — Professor Neil Gilbert



The Honor Roll lists donors who contributed in July 2015 to June 2016, with the following representing gifts made to Berkeley Social Welfare during the 12-month period. We apologize for any inadvertent omissions or other errors and ask that you contact with any questions. Berkeley Social Welfare thanks you for your support. Anonymous (2) Mary E. Caplan Russell J. Acker Sarah B. Carnochan Active Network Burton A. Caswell Remia J. Adams Carole S. Chamberlain Shawna B. Adkins Eveline Chang Adrian Aguilera Lynne S. Charlot-Iversen Laverne Aguirre-Parmley Charns & Charns Attorneys At Law Hani Ahmad Mark A. Charns Judith S. Alcala-Reveles Jesus Chavez Donald L. and Kathleen H. Allan Nonna E. Cheatham Mr. and Mrs. John Ambler Xin-Hua Chen American Endowment Foundation Larry D. Chew Shawyon Amini-Rad Ben and Nancy Chin Kathleen E. Archibald Latisha L. Chisholm-Duper Randy L. and Katie G. Arthur Kay Y. and Bong Y. Choi Ebere C. Arum Nancy L. and Wallace F. Chong Patricia Avila-Garcia Juliet and Tom Clancy Suzanne J. and Roy W. Awalt Jennifer F. Coakley Robert H. Ayasse and Malia Ramler David H. Cober Jennifer H. and Mohammad K. Baha Cynthia N. Colbert Elizabeth H. Bange Casey and Carolyn Cole Linda R. Barthuli Kaliope T. and C. Constant Constance L. Battisti Rudolph E. and Shirley T. Cook Gregory A. Beale David C. and Connie M. Craig Anne E. and George J. Benker Cathy Jo Cress and Lewis D. Peterson, Jr. Marilyn K. Benson Stephanie Cuccaro-Alamin Behram H. Bharucha and Evelyn L. Dektar James A. Cunniff Cheryl B. and Gerald H. Bibelheimer Joseph A. Cutler Nell Bly Kathy L. Cytron Deborah J. Bock and Mark T. Erickson Dorothy R. and Michael A. Dasovich Marilyn S. and Robert W. Boettiger Margit R. David Carol A. Bohnsack Martha L. Davis Helen S. and Alan D. Bonapart Ruth A. Davis Evelyn C. Boyd Bernard Davitto Ann Brady John L. De Smet Ann H. Branham and Philip Mangelsdorf Dolores E. Decarli Heather M. and Charles Brankman Walasse Der Stanley Brodsky Shantelle L. Despabiladeras Iris E. Brooks Ilene L. Dillon-Fink Joseph F. Brooks Francesca M. Dinglasan John F. Brown, Jr. Lisa R. Dipko Sarah A. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Doherty David N. Brown Joanna K. Doran Judith K. Brown Andrea I. Dubrow and Paul S. Buddenhagen Bernard J. Bryant Laura A. Ducharme Martha E. Bryant Diane F. and Thomas F. Dugard Ada Burko Karen M. Eagan Atheena C. Cabiness Satomi F. and Ferdinand Edelhofer Karen Y. and Patrick W. Cahill Susan Edwards Maximiliano and Patricia K. Camarillo Irene Ehret Stephanie L. Camoroda Elaine B. Ellis Edward J. Campana Margaret G. Endy



Jacqueline L. Ensign Barry H. Epstein and Judith M. Levin Maria C. Esguerra Stephanie J. Fallcreek and Jerry Tillman Kristin W. and James P. Farese Arlyce J. Farlough Judith N. and Donald S. Feiner Rebecca M. Feiner and Jon E. Engelskirger Christina Feliciana and Chris Chan Nancy E. and Thomas A. Felling Elena Fernandez Ellen B. Fey Paula L. Flamm and Ernest R. Dietze Lillian G. and Stewart Fong Matthew and Yee-Ling Fong Rose M. Fong Sara C. Fong Wilmer Fong Katherine R. Forand Stephen M. Forkins and Suzanne MacDonald Cara J. Foss Risa M. and John Foster Gwendolyn Foster Martha H. Frank Karie M. Frasch Elizabeth A. Freitas Allyson Fritz Gabrielle Fuchs Sandi M. and Robet M. Fuerte Yuet Mui Fung Peter K. and Nancy L. Port-Gaarn Shifra P. Gaman Rebecca and Paul A. Garcia Jewelle T. and James L. Gibbs Mary R. Gillon Libby J. Gilman-Fleming Sarah E. Gilman Preston L. Gilmore Harry G. and Ann L. Gin Alberta M. and Marc Gittelsohn L. Christina Gonzalez Mary-Lee C. Goodrich Dorothy Graham Janice G. and Robert L. Green Maureen P. Grinnell Nadia Grosfoguel-Mejia Nancy L. Grover Jing Guo Hannah R. Haley Sarah M. Hamza Meekyung Han Tal Harari

Vivien Hart and Anthony D. Ratner Mark W. Hartsock Kris Hele Colleen E. Henry Joslin K. Herberich Golda M. Hernandez Charlotte J. Herzfeld James E. Gebhardt and Lucille R. Hesse Midge Heumann Charles A. Higgins Carol Highland-Fritz Stacie S. Hiramoto Leland D. and Donna Ho Art B. and Edna Hom F. L. Hornstein Xiaoming Hu Lisa M. Huet Liliana Iglesias Mary Sue Ittner and Robert A. Rutemoeller Father Frank Ivey Chidi Iwuoma Ruby E. Jackson Sharon E. Jackson Susan Jacquet Jenifer Romero and Raymond Jeanloz Suzanne A. and Charles F. Jennings Veronica Jimenez Francis Goh and Mikyong Kim-Goh Stuart A. Kirk and Carol A. Koz Kim Klein Bob Komoto and Janet A. Dere Glenna Y. Kong Christiane A. Kropp David J. and Florence B. Kuhns Yulanda W. Y. Kwong Evelyn M. La Torre Louis E. Labat Emily N. Lagerquist Cathy L. and Patrick A. Lapid Lara M. Larsen Arthur C. and Dorothy N. Lathan Michele P. Lee Ming-San Lee Rufina J. Lee and David Reiss Megan Lehmer Jessica K. Lescano Elizabeth Lester Catherine R. Lewis Lawrence H. Liese Cynthia Lim and Perry Landsberg Gordon E. Limb Share T. Lin

Donald C. Lind Leslee and Laurence Lipstone Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Llewellyn Yesenia M. Lott James E. and Maureen Lubben Karen O. Lukis Rodger Lum Terrie A. Lyons Jane T. Ma and Chris K. Fujimoto Kristi L. MacLeod and Philip A. O’Brien Alan L. Macdonald Carlene M. MacDonald Valerie M. and Ryan E. Macy-Hurley Elissa M. Magno-Jardinico John J. Magruder Ruth S. Maionchi Jessica K. Mann Erika R. Mark Shelley B. Marshall Cynthia A. Martin Jeffrey L. Mashburn Katherine L. Mason Joshua L. May Rhea M. McCormack Matthew J. and Michelle E. McGinley Haley F. Mears Brianna D. Mercado Deirdre M. Miles Susanne E. Miller Christina E. Miyawaki Patricia E. Monahan Richard A. Montantes Yvonne and Miguel Montiel Tiffany S. Moore-Corteville Jean Y. Moy Margaret Mullen Anna-Maria Munoz Judy K. Nakaso Lorena Naseyowma Amy Ng-Lam and Arthur Lam David R. Ng Beth A. Nitzberg William B. Nowell Janeth Nunez del Prado Gerald G. and Joyce K. O’Connor Caroline W. and Francis S. Oda Greta C. Oducayen and Rafael A. Ongkeko Julee E. Ogawa Elizabeth A. Ohito John E. Okahata Jennifer R. Olwell Quentin Olwell Tocosa Onea Kurt and Pamela Organista Berdi K. Oshidari Justin T. and Emma Otsuji Jacquelyn Stanley and Kudret Oztap Eleanor and Craig Palmer Elsie J. and Sevet Pamuk Michael A. and Dorothy R. Papo Loraine Y. Park Patricia P. Pathuis Paul and Constance Battisti Trust Patricia F. Paul Julie L. Peck Bruce and Catherine Penso Giselle Perez-Aguilar

Elsa Perez Kathleen E. and Richard L. Perez Robin E. Perry Douglas Perry Andy Peterson Mort Peyvandi Daniel P. Phillips Veronica Piper-Jefferson Maria Ching Ponssen and Huibert J. Ponssen Judith A. and Gerald L. Potter Kimberly A. Pratt PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Julie R. Quon Marcella M. Raimondo Virginia Ramirez Charlotte A. Ranallo Cindy E. Rasmussen Lyle B. Reeb, III Latoya B. Reed Janet K. and William Reger-Nash Rolan M. Reichel Jonathan P. Reider Leah D. Reider Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Rhodes Carole Robby Ricci Sherry J. Riney Suzanne M. Rivera and Michael Householder Erich S. Roberts Roger A. Roffman Dennis J. Romano Jessica B. Romm Burt D. Romotsky Deborah C. Rosenberg Susan F. Rosenthal Sarah P. and Lawrence Rowen Raquel Haber Ruiz and Stephen B. Haber Catherine R. Russo Gail G. Salwen Susan K. Sanders Jennie R. Schacht Jonathan R. Schiesel Denise Schiller Tracy L. Schott-Wagner Eileen M. Schrandt Theresa S. Schrider John R. Seiden Valerie B. Shapiro Naveen K. Sharma Sharon and Ivan I. Shin

Henry B. and Delfina Shoane Brian P. and Melva M. Simmons Xenia S. Simms Bjorn and Rauni Simonsen Sue Skinner Rachel A. Sklar Annette R. Smith Shantrell M. Sneed Maryly A. Snow Irene E. Solis Mary E. Solis Sarah B. Solis Soos Family Trust Sylvia N. Soos Irene S. Soriano Nichole E. Imamura-Sperling and Troy Sperling Gail I. Splaver Rebecca A. Stanwyck James M. Stark Margie E. Stark Susan B. Steinman and Larry S. Moses Stephanik-Thollaug Trust Suzanne L. Stephanik and Chris Thollaug Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stevenson October L. Stillwell Elizabeth A. Stone Susan I. Stone Ellen Strunin Srividya Subramanian Iris Sugarman Sally A. and Neill J. Sullivan Shirley M. Summers Elizabeth Y. Taing Jesse D. Tamplen Robert Teague Grace R. Telcs and Scott G. Siera Emerald W. Templeton Matthew T. Theriot Emily Theriot Suzanne E. Thompson Betty E. and Daniel J. Toal Cameron D. Todd Rowena Y. Tong Richard M. Topkins Diamond B. Tran Reiko H. True Maxine H. and Kenneth C. Tucker Maria V. Turner-Lloveras

Alumni Giving Snapshot

Mai Nhia Vang (BA ’14)

The School of Social Welfare gave me the tools to make this world a better place. I am happy to pay it forward so that students like myself — a refugee, low-income and first-generation college student — can receive the opportunities that I had in my undergraduate years at UC Berkeley.

Tran K. Tuyet Paula K. and Carl E. Ulrich Andrew R. Ulvang Grant J. Ute Heidi L. Van Horn Faranak G. Van Patten Radiana T. and Earl Vasconcellos Claudia V. Vazquez David Velasquez Elbert C. Vickland Mayra J. Villalta Abigail E. Vincent Janet D. and Frederick M. Vogel Richard S. and Phyllis Vohs Holly D. and Duc J. Vugia Boyd C. Wagner, III Heidi Wagner Margaret L. Walkover Helen Walter Lynn J. Wang Phyllis A. Ward Daniel L. Webster Andrea L. Weddle Stanley and Constance Weisner Susan E. Werner Gary H. White Kirk F. Whitelaw Nessa L. and Robert Wilk Alice E. Wilkins Jennifer Willmann Rachel L. Wilson and Matthew J. Wheeland Annie Y. Wong Mary B. and Lee A. Woods Ellen J. Yasumura Phillip C. Yim Elizabeth W. Young Charlotte P. Zilversmit Maria E. Zuniga

honor roll

HAVILAND SOCIETY This year, Berkeley Social Welfare welcomes the Haviland Society, a group of especially generous individual donors whose commitment to the School of Social Welfare, its students and faculty will be felt for years to come. Individuals who join the Haviland Society have pledged or given $10,000 or more over their lifetime as of December 2016.


$10,000 to $24,999


Anonymous (2)

Catherine Hutto Gordon and Daniel Baker

Sandra J. Auerback and Victor D. Sheinman

Beclee N. and John O. Wilson

Susan and Michael J. Austin

$100,000 to $999,999

Venetta Campbell

Jeanette C. Close-Cibull and Robert M. Cibull Diane B. Scarritt

Diana Dea and Peter S. Crook Sudha Shetty and Jeffrey Edleson

$25,000 to $99,999

Leslee A. and Wayne L. Feinstein

Jean M. Allgeyer

Wilmer Fong

Mrs. Howard Friedman

Shaaron L. Gilson

Bari Cornet

Meridith G. Greenbaum

Lynn J. and Christopher S. Crook

Jeung S. Hyun

Rudolf F. Greulich

Patricia S. Levy

Kristen J. and Daniel J. Ikenberg

Kent M. Macdonald

Ralph M. Kramer

Mary Ann Mason and Paul Ekman

Tom Layton

Lorraine T. Midanik and Stephen R. Blum

Khadija and James O. Midgley

Aron I. Murai

Leona W. Miu

Catharine J. and Norbert B. Ralph

Toni Rembe Rock and Arthur Rock

Irene E. Solis

Kimberly and Alan G. Sherman

Susan J. and Bruce E. Stangeland

Kathryn J. Stenberg Tony Tripodi Renee L. Winge


Kitty L. Ho and Julian C. Chow




$500 Dean’s Circle Invitation to annual luncheon with the dean $2,500 Investor Invitation to annual luncheon with the dean. Private tour with the dean of a local partner organization

dean’s leadership CIRCLE Anonymous (2) A. Ageson and John J. Hadreas Sandra J. Auerback and Victor D. Scheinman Susan and Michael J. Austin Helen Bacon Jill Duerr Berrick and Kenneth Berrick Lauren Britt Madeline S. and A.J. Burnell Capital Group Companies Charles Schwab Corporation Grace M. Chee Chevron Corporation Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Bari Cornet Lynn J. and Christopher S. Crook Diana Dea and Peter S. Crook Michael A. and Linda J. Drevno East Bay Jewish Community Foundation Leslee A. and Wayne L. Feinstein

$5,000 Fellow Invitation to annual luncheon with the dean. Private tour with the dean of a local partner organization. Recognition on the Haviland Commons’ screen during donor events $10,000 Partner Invitation to annual luncheon with the dean. Private tour with the dean of a local partner organization. Recognition on the Haviland Commons’ screen during donor events

$25,000 Visionary Invitation to annual luncheon with the dean. Private tour with the dean of a local partner organization. Recognition on the Haviland Commons’ screen during donor events. Recognition as a funder of an event/lunch/dinner

The Dean’s Leadership Circle is comprised of distinguished donors who have made an annual leadership gift of $500 or more between July 2015 - June 2016 in support of the dean’s vision of access and excellence in social work education. Fidelity Investments Norma Fong Mrs. Howard Friedman Shaaron L. Gilson Catherine Hutto Gordon and Daniel Baker Cynthia W. and Peter S. Hecker Ernest T. and Sylvia H. Hirose Randolph D. Hudson Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation Kristen J. and Daniel J. Ikenberg Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Jewish Federation of the East Bay Elizabeth B. Kaplan David J. and Muriel H. Kears Ralph M. Kramer Seymour J. Lapporte John P. and Carrie G. Lee Henry Lerner Patricia S. Levy Joyce E. Lewis Mather LifeWays Barbara A. McCann Ruth A. McFarlane Leona W. Miu Ursula S. Moore National Association of Social Workers-Metro Washington Marianne H. Pennekamp Catharine J. and Norbert B. Ralph Paul and Stephanie Reisz

Robert W. Roberts Royal Dutch/Shell Group San Francisco Foundation Miriam and Luis Shein John K. Shen Kimberly and Alan G. Sherman Sudha Shetty and Jeffrey Edleson Society of Family Planning Susan J. and Bruce E. Stangeland Stuart Foundation Susan R. and Paul W. Sugarman Susan and Oscar Sung SUNY System Michael A. and Nancy C. Torres Tony Tripodi Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Helene B. Weber

If you would like more information or to donate, please contact Assistant Dean of Strategy + Innovation Ben Berres at

Berkeley Social Welfare 120 Haviland Hall, #7400 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-7400

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Social Welfare at Berkeley - Winter 2016  

Berkeley Social Welfare's bi-annual magazine for alumni and friends.

Social Welfare at Berkeley - Winter 2016  

Berkeley Social Welfare's bi-annual magazine for alumni and friends.