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spring 2018

The School of Social Welfare Turns 75 Reflections on seven-and-a-half decades of social impact through inquiry and action




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Meet Berkeley Social Welfare’s newest Dean’s Office staff and our first-ever direct-service social worker Assistant Professor Tina Sacks’ line of research inquiry examines the structural determinants of health that persist across economic class

Student Spotlight: Steven Czifra (MSW ’20) — From solitary confinement to Haviland Hall Alumni in Action: Dr. Park Neunghoo (PhD ’98) — Korea’s Minister for Health and Welfare on exapanding healthcare, family policies and services for the elderly

Berkeley Social Welfare’s Birthday: Celebrating 75 years of social impact through inquiry and action — photo retrospective through the decades; UC Berkeley’s first woman faculty member and the founder of our social work program, Jessica Blanche Peixotto; the School through five deanships

Longtime Professors Michael J. Austin and Andrew Scharlach and Field Consultant Catharine Ralph reflect on their careers

Faculty, field consultant, staff and student notes; new Latinx Center of Excellence established

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a letter from the dean Dear friends and colleagues: Berkeley Social Welfare is a large and multi-faceted community, as you will see in this special 75th Anniversary edition of our magazine. It is such a privilege to be part of this ever-changing collective and see in so many ways how we work to create a more just and equitable society in which everyone has a path to safety, stability and well being. We are a dynamic community founded by the first woman professor at Berkeley, Jessica Blanche Peixotto, and continue a century later working with hundreds of agencies to make a difference in people’s lives. Just take the work of Ari Neulight, a social worker hired by our School to work full-time with the homeless in Berkeley, or that of Dr. Tina Sacks, who studies health inequities that persist across economic class lines. Our graduates come from a variety of backgrounds with the majority now from underrepresented communities. One MSW student, Steven Czifra (MSW ’20), was at one time an inmate in solitary confinement but today works to help the formerly incarcerated change their lives. He was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on 60 Minutes last fall. Our doctoral students take key faculty and government leadership positions worldwide. For example, Dr. Park Neunghoo (PhD ’98) serves as the Republic of Korea’s new Minister of Health and Welfare. Over these 75 years as a School we have been home to generations of leading scholars and practitioners. Professors Andy Scharlach and Michael Austin as well as Field Consultant Cathy Ralph are the latest to retire but will continue to make their marks on their chosen fields of study and work. They are making way for a new generation of scholars and practitioners; more than half of our faculty and field consultants have joined the School since 2010. Our newest members have contributed to the School’s ongoing vitality by establishing research centers and training efforts, including the federally funded Latinx Center for Excellence. Launched this fall, the LCOE supports students and faculty with an interest in Latinx behavioral and mental health. As is often stated, today UC Berkeley is a publicly governed but privately financed university. It is through the generosity of our alumni and supporters that we are able to offer record financial support to students, bring Haviland Hall into the 21st century and create innovative research and education programs. Last year we added the Haviland Society in recognition of supporters who have provided the School with at least $10,000 in support. Your gifts, no matter the size, are truly important in keeping Berkeley Social Welfare at the cutting edge of the changing profession of social work. Sincerely,

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


Ari Neulight



Berkeley Social Welfare has graduated 12,000 social work leaders and practitioners and is the scholarly home of distinguished faculty who produce awardwinning research and provide training in support of the profession. The School, however, had yet to directly staff a social worker dedicated to helping meet the needs of members of the Berkeley community — until now.

With 14 years of experience working in supportive housing in San Francisco’s Mission and Tenderloin Districts, Neulight is keenly aware of where efforts and approaches should be directed in dealing with an issue as large as homelessness. “Homelessness is a hard, intractable thing where change isn’t always visible,” he says. “But it doesn’t mean that things aren’t happening with individuals and communities in small, valuable ways over time. That’s what I focus on.”

Through a central campus initiative that was the brainchild of UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Architecture, special advisor on homelessness to Chancellor Carol Christ and former Berkeley Social Welfare Interim Dean Sam Davis, Outreach Coordinator Ari Neulight officially assumed his role in July 2017. He is tasked with the significant challenge of supporting the homeless population in and around Berkeley’s historic People’s Park by connecting them to needed services and resources.

Neulight spoke with Social Welfare at Berkeley about his day-to-day duties; managing the numerous community partnerships among the campus, city, first responders and local agencies; and how Berkeley students are contributing to the work being done at People’s Park.


Describe your work as outreach coordinator. I think of my job in three parts. The first is direct-service homeless outreach linkage by being a consistent, visible presence. I do this alongside the Berkeley Food and

Housing Project; they come out weekly to do assessments for housing and other services. I also work with the Senior Center, Berkeley Mental Health Services, Alta Bates Emergency Department and the East Bay Community Law Center, just to name a few. I do a lot of work with the Suitcase Clinic [a voluntary student organization offering free health and social services]. I help identify people who can benefit from the services and facilitate that link. The second piece is serving as a liaison for the University with a range of partners, such as the city, county, churches and the Business Improvement District. I work with them in figuring out ways for the University to be a better partner in our collaborations. The last part is working with students, projects and research on homelessness. That has included sitting on

various things at the park. We’re also in the process of assessing and determining the capacity for MSW student field placements. We are probably going to have either two first-year students or one second-year student next year. I also work with faculty in their classrooms. I hosted several panels for Susana Fong, co-taught classes with Greg Merrill and Eveline Chang and have a lecture coming up for Tina Sacks. I did a more intensive project with Professor Julian Chow last fall. He wanted his class to be more relevant for the students, so we discussed having People’s Park be a focus. I delivered a lecture on the history of the park and homelessness in Berkeley, and the students did an observation of the park. We debriefed on the observations and all worked together on an assessment tool and identifying some areas and needs to be addressed, with the

“Homelessness is a hard, intractable thing where change isn’t always visible, but it doesn’t mean that things aren’t happening with individuals and communities in small, valuable ways over time. That’s what I focus on.” a University workgroup; I’m currently involved in one focused on youth homelessness. It has also involved delivering lectures on the topic and working with faculty across departments. How are you working with local police and other firstresponders on homeless outreach? I meet with the Berkeley PD, UCPD and other emergency response teams to brainstorm about people who are highusers of emergency services. One thing that’s been great is that the UCPD will get in touch when they come across people who could benefit from my help. I want to be a resource and to give the police another tool. When they see someone who needs a blanket or needs a place to go, they know they can call or text me. How are you working with UC Berkeley students — in the MSW and other programs — on issues related to People’s Park? Most students find me through the Suitcase Clinic. People also get directed to me. Right now there is a volunteer project, several student groups and a church group doing

students presenting project proposals. How did you become involved in homeless support? I’ve always done social services. When I was 13 I went to a summer camp that was about teaching values of community, social justice and service. That, more than anything, launched my path. I ended up getting interested in psychology and earned an MS degree. I eventually started doing community organizing, working for ACORN in San Francisco. I next took a job at an SRO doing tenant organizing, when a social worker position opened up. The supervisor for that position said I would be great because of my focused mental health training, social justice values and concern for community. I’ve worked in supportive housing since then and also decided to get my MSW degree. So social work, it seems, found you. It held all of what I wanted to do. I could keep the marco justice values while being on the ground figuring ways to make things work for folks and their most immediate needs. •

NEW FACES Dana Kowalski DEPARTMENT MANAGER In her role as Berkeley Social Welfare’s department manager, Dana Kowalski oversees purchasing, travel and entertainment, finance, front office and building management, and faculty support. “I help where I can and work with those involved to make the process as smooth and streamlined as possible,” she says. Kowalski earned her BS degree in finance with a minor in actuarial science from Coastal Carolina University. Prior to joining the School, she held several different positions on the Berkeley campus, including research administrator for the College of Chemistry and then Campus Shared Services (CSS), financial analyst for CSS Research Administration’s managed funds, and business systems analyst for the Berkeley Financial System. “All of the prior experience has built upon itself and led me to the role of department manager for the School of Social Welfare,” she says. Kowalski also shares that the people have been her favorite aspect about coming to work in Haviland Hall. “I truly enjoy my interactions with the faculty, staff and students, and I genuinely look forward to coming into the office,” she says. She unveils that a “love for marshmallow peeps” is what we do not yet know about her.

Sara McCarthy GRADUATE ADMISSIONS ADVISOR Sara McCarthy joined Berkeley Social Welfare last spring as the School’s graduate admissions advisor. Her responsibilities include graduate admissions advising and information, annual admissions process administration and summer session program coordination (post-MSW PPSC). An alumna of the Berkeley Social Welfare undergraduate program, McCarthy is an experienced campus staffer. She most recently worked as a graduate admissions officer in the College of Environmental Design’s Department of Architecture and has also held positions in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Berkeley Law.



Julie Pratt UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR ADVISOR Julie Pratt serves the vital role of providing academic support and guidance to the Berkeley Social Welfare undergraduate student population. Among her responsibilities as undergraduate major advisor are assisting students with program planning, degree progress and general navigation of the University. She also helps connect students with campus resources that enable them to meet their personal and educational goals. Pratt recently earned her masters degree in counseling with a specialization in higher education from Saint Mary’s College of California. Prior to pursuing her graduate education, she spent several years as a patient educator in both a women’s health clinic and a behavioral health center. She is passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures, including her recent trips to Cuba and Japan, and she cites, “hiking, puppies and dark chocolate” as the other important joys of life. Pratt says that Berkeley Social Welfare students are absolutely the best part of her job. “I work with such a bright and compassionate group of students,” she says. “I feel honored to support them on their journey at Cal.”

Lissette Flores LATINX CENTER OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM MANAGER As the program manager for the Latinx Center of Excellence, Lissette Flores is setting up the infrastructure to advance the Center’s mission of recruiting, training and supporting Latinx MSW and PhD students committed to meeting the behavioral health needs of Latinx communities. A Berkeley Social Welfare alumna, Flores is thrilled to be supporting Latinx students working towards their graduate degrees. Prior to coming to Berkeley, she worked in the nonprofit and community college sectors building college access, internship and civic engagement programs from the ground up.

developments in RESEARCH

Understanding the Health Disparities





For Berkeley Social Welfare Assistant Professor Tina Sacks, increasing our understanding of the structural determinants that impact the overall health and well-being of specific groups of people, particularly those who are marginalized, is the through-line connecting her body of research. Her many current projects include a collaboration with Washington University in St. Louis Associate Professor and social epidemiologist Darrell Hudson on the associated mental- and physical-health costs of upward mobility among the Black middle class; a major long-term book project about the descendents of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study; and a Berkeley Food Institute project examining gender dynamics and other barriers to enrollment for Latina immigrants trying to gain access to California’s food stamp program. Dr. Sacks has also been working with Berkeley Social Welfare’s Latinx Center for Excellence Director Luna Calderon on a project funded by UC Berkeley’s Research Program on Migration and Health, or PIMSA for its Spanish acronym, looking at health disparities, particularly time scarcity related to work and meal preparation, impacting Indigenous migrant-working women from Oaxaca, Mexico. “This body of work is hopefully developing a knowledge base about how exactly racial, class, gender and immigration status affect people’s health and well being,” says Dr. Sacks. “With health disparities, I see that there are outcome differences and health inequalities that persist across class. At every level of income between Blacks and Whites, you still see that Blacks don’t do as well. “My primary line of inquiry on the Black middle class focuses on this group because of their simultaneous vulnerability and privilege,” she adds. “I think it’s important to understand the relationship between race, class and gender for people who are not poor, but often remain socioeconomically vulnerable, because it tells us something about the durability of race and gender as a determinant of life outcomes for all people.”

For the collaborative study in St. Louis, for example, Dr. Sacks and Dr. Hudson have been investigating the instability of middle-class status for Black women — a project that arose following the historical protests in Ferguson, Mo. “There was so much media attention given to Ferguson and the people who live there,” says Dr. Sacks. “Ferguson is a lower, middleclass suburb, so we are interested in the residents’ experiences. We are trying to shine a light on the group of people who are economically vulnerable but still considered ‘middle class’ and understand what that really means nowadays.” Dr. Sacks notes that the Black women participating in the St. Louis study qualify as “middle class” because of their college degrees. However, as they are often the only middle-class members of their family, they function as the center of “support economies,” resulting in their economic insecurity. These women also are disproportionately affected by health disparities, including lower life expectancy and higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression and mental health problems, compared with their White counterparts.

photo: Dr. Tina Sacks presenting her research in Haviland Hall.

“We hear a lot about the precarity of the White middle class but not as much about other groups who are also middle class,” says Dr. Sacks. “But they still have heath outcomes we are concerned about.” These differences in lived experiences and the resulting health outcomes are also the subjects of Dr. Sacks’ forthcoming Oxford University Press book, Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System. First developed as part of her PhD dissertation, Invisible Visits examines healthcare disparities and issues among minorities who are not poor, with a special focus on their encounters and interactions with doctors and other healthcare professionals. Based on Dr. Sacks’ interviews with 30 Black, middleclass women with health insurance, the qualitative study delves into their firsthand experiences within the healthcare system. “I asked them about stereotyping, perceptions of discrimination, bias and if those encounters were related to race, gender or class,” she says. “I wanted to understand how the women might use their class status to potentially

push back against discrimination, what that pushback meant and what it cost them.” Dr. Sacks’ original dissertation research has also led her to pursue another scholarly investigation into the intergenerational implications of the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. By pure chance, the greatgranddaughter of a participant in the Study was a respondent in Dr. Sacks’ own project. Their followup conversations generated thinking around how the historical event — “often described as the significant reason why minorities refuse to participate in research,” says Dr. Sacks — has resulted in intergenerational distrust of the healthcare system and the connection between that lack of trust and

With the PISMA project, Dr. Sacks, Luna Calderon and a team of Berkeley Social Welfare students have turned their attention to Indigenous women migrants from Oaxaca, Mexico. Launching from Calderon’s own work in Oaxaca, they have discovered that this community — who primarily work in the agricultural and service industries in California’s Central Valley as well as urban areas throughout the state — are affected by chronic disease outcomes, particularly cardiovascular disease, diabetes and morbidity. The group conducted interviews with respondents in Fresno and had also planned to speak with individuals

“We hear a lot about the precarity of the White middle class but not as much about other groups who are also middle class,” says Dr. Sacks. “But they still have health outcomes we are concerned about.” health disparities among the Black middle class. By starting with her respondent and getting in touch with Tuskegee historian Susan Reverby, Dr. Sacks eventually obtained the names of several descendants. Dr. Sacks has connected with the group frequently, traveling to Alabama for interviews and events, including a milestone commemoration. “When I met with people whose relatives were in the Tuskegee Study, I wanted to understand what it meant and how they thought about it. What did it mean in their lives and, importantly, how does it affect how they engage with healthcare in the present?” she says. Through her networking and continuing research, Dr. Sacks’ has met nearly a dozen family members of the Study, whose stories will inform her ongoing Tuskegee project.

in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Changes to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) practices under the current presidential administration, however, severely impacted the immigrant community’s willingness to participate. Working with the information successfully collected, the researchers’ preliminary findings indicate that family dislocation and restructuring, the resulting loss of social support as well as time scarcity due to intense working schedules directly impact their ability to prepare meals at home and eat healthier. This project, along with Dr. Sacks’ many concurrent research endeavors, is a piece of her long-term effort to create a better understanding of how the “nittygritty of race, gender and immigration status affect people’s well being.” “What I’m very concerned about are the structural determinants of health,” she says. •



student PROFILE

F ro m S o lit ar y Conf i ne me nt to

UNDERGROUND SCHOLAR Steven Czifra (MSW ’20) When Steven Czifra (MSW ’20) arrived on the Berkeley campus, his humble intent was to earn his BA in English — a goal he met in 2015 — and continue on to a doctoral program in the same field. “My whole plan,” he says, “was to get through here without being noticed.”

student profile piece in July 2013. Since then, his story has been picked up in national and global media outlets, ranging from the San Francisco Chronicle to the Los Angeles Times to MSNBC to GQ Magazine to the Guardian. The most recent coverage was a high-profile interview for CBS’ 60 Minutes.

That bid for anonymity changed, however, when Czifra met fellow undergraduate Danny Murillo. The two were both formerly incarcerated students who served sentences in a Secure Housing Unit (SHU), more popularly known as solitary confinement. Czifra spent a total of eight years in the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison; the first of his two four-year terms beginning when he was just 17 years old.

He and Murillo are among the founders of the Berkeley Underground Scholars (BUS), a campus-based initiative that “creates a pathway for formerly incarcerated and systemimpacted individuals into higher education.” In 2016, the two were also selected for the Open Society Foundations’ prestigious Soros Justice Fellows program, which supports community leaders seeking to “challenge long-standing assumptions underlying the US criminal justice system.”

On July 8, 2013 the California Prison Hunger Strike was initiated. Organized by long-term inmates in the Pelican Bay SHU, the hunger strike became the largest in the state’s history and lasted 60 days, with many of the participants fasting the entire two months. Czifra was invited by Murillo and other campus activists to join in demonstrations of solidarity. It was during this time that Czifra says he contemplated his relationship with the past — “Is it going to be a dirty secret or is it going to be an asset?” “Danny was always open about his story, and I wasn’t,” he says. “I took strength from Danny’s example.” Czifra’s press advocacy on behalf of the currently and formerly incarcerated first began with the Daily Cal, which published a



Following his graduation, Czifra was serving as BUS director when fellow organizer and former Ella Baker for Human Rights National Campaigner Azadeh Zohrabi, a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow, urged him to apply for the fellowship. As part of the program, Czifra focused on creating a pathway to universities for formerly incarcerated community college students. In conjunction with school administrators, faculty and legislators, he worked to identify and ameliorate barriers to matriculation. “Sometimes that work involved simply getting a person a book they didn’t have,” he says. Czifra conveyed to a mentor that this was the type of work he wanted to do permanently. “That’s social work,” his mentor replied. “You should look at getting an MSW.”

Czifra was familiar with Berkeley Social Welfare from his time on campus. In addition to knowing people enrolled in the program, he had met Professor Kurt Organista, who served as faculty advisor on the BUS board. Czifra reached out to Dr. Organista to get a sense of his prospects for the MSW program. “He was encouraging,” says Czifra. “That’s really a big deal because it’s hard to imagine success. I wouldn’t have put in an MSW application if it wasn’t for Kurt.”

career as an English literature professor. He also is extremely cognizant of the issues he sees closer to his current scholarly home. “Here in California we put troubled children in cages, and the School of Social Welfare is not outraged by that,” he says. “There should be a wing [training] activists and social workers to engage in changing perceptions about penal transgressions at the site of a juvenile mind and body — and that’s not happening.”

Another deciding factor, Czifra shares, was that “Erin Kerrison is here.” Dr. Kerrison, whose research investigates how compounded structural disadvantage, poverty and state supervision affect health outcomes for those touched by criminal justice intervention, joined the Berkeley Social Welfare faculty as assistant professor in 2016. “When I wanted to do a paper on incarceration and policy, it wasn’t even one of the options [for the course], but she didn’t blink; she just gave me a different reading,” says Czifra.

But Czifra says he is here — and proactively refers formerly incarcerated peers to the MSW information workshops and to apply for admissions — because he feels the School is “moving in the right direction.” Moreover, his wife Sylvia is planning to earn her undergraduate and MSW degrees at Berkeley. (Their oldest son, Shane, though still in elementary school, has let them know he is going to be a social worker as well.)

Now in the midst of his first year as an MSW student in the Community Mental Health concentration, Czifra’s outspokenness and efforts to shed light on the prison industrial complex show no signs of slowing down — even as he is often disappointed that the spotlight is not where

“What I see is Erin Kerrison and Kurt Organista and [Assistant Professor] Tina Sacks [whose research examines racial inequities in health and healthcare],” says Czifra. “We have [PhD student] Katie [Savin, whose research interests includes critical social

“The real story was the historic hunger strike and the will of the human spirit — people willing to organize and put their lives on the line.” it needs to be. He cites as an example his and Danny Murillo’s recent appearance on 60 Minutes, in which he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for the news story, “Reforming Solitary Confinement at Infamous California Prison.” “I believe [there] was the intention of being justice-promoting, but they didn’t tell what really happened,” he says. “The real story was the historic hunger strike and the will of the human spirit — people willing to organize and put their lives on the line. “The Department of Corrections, one of the most heavily invested and enfranchised institutions in California, was brought to its knees by a few dozen prisoners and a handful of indigent family members [protesting by] driving up and down the state with sticks and cardboard,” he says, referring to what eventually became the state’s termination of indeterminate solitary confinement as well as the significant reduction of individuals held in the SHU. “That was the story.” Czifra observes, too, that the televised news program never referred to him or Murillo as “formerly incarcerated UC Berkeley students” or “Underground Scholars.” “There are two million people in prison; hundreds of thousands of them could have seen us as Berkeley students and drawn hope from that,” he says. “All they were shown were ‘former prisoners.’” As a critic of powerful, influential systems and institutions, Czifra is not letting the academy off the hook, either. The privileges and conflicting values of the ivory tower ultimately factored into his decision against pursuing a

theories in examining institutional (mis)trust] here. We have people who are acutely aware of incarceration and the effects it has on communities of color.” Noting that it is a first step to “hear it in the rhetoric,” Czifra is pushing for the institution to move faster in making these reforms — and those advocacy skills and sense of urgency, after all, are the qualities that Berkeley Social Welfare wants to instill in future social work leaders. The campus is also where Czifra began to re-examine his understanding of the prison system he had known so well as an insider. “When I got to Berkeley, I did a reading group on prisons [and read] all these [critical resistance] theorists — Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Sharon Dolovich, Michelle Alexander,” he says. “I read about structural racism and policing…and I had always wondered why White people were outnumbered eight-to-one in prisons. There were people in the SHU because they were Mexican or Black. “It’s like solitary confinement — once you know, you can’t unknow. Just like locking kids in prison. You cannot go to a single child locked up in any cage in California and not find trauma, neglect or sexual abuse. “So I’m going to get my LCSW. I’m going to intervene,” says Czifra. “I’m going to go before the court and tell judges, ‘This person you’re about to give a 20-year sentence to saw their mother hooked on crack. They watched their dad kill their uncle.’ “But I will also be saying, ‘This person is smart. We can • get them into Cal.’”

photos: Courtesy of the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare

alumni IN ACTION



South Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister Park Neunghoo (PhD ’98) on promoting policies that benefit children and the elderly

Dr. Park Neunghoo (PhD ’98) remembers the day — it was February 22, 1998 to be exact — that he earned his doctoral degree in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. Having completed his dissertation on California’s public assistance programs and welfare reform policies under the guidance of his mentor and dissertation chair Professor Neil Gilbert, Dr. Park was ready to return to his native Republic of Korea to further his work in designing and evaluating the country’s welfare policies. That journey home nearly two decades ago has led Dr. Park to Korea’s national Ministry of Health and Welfare office, where he has served as minister since July 2017. In a conversation with Social Welfare at Berkeley last November in Seoul’s Jung District, Dr. Park discussed his administration’s welfare policy priorities, his career path as well as memories of Berkeley “as one of the happiest times” of his life. Similar to other East Asian Berkeley Social Welfare alumni, including Hong Kong Legislative Council Member Dr. Fernando Cheung (PhD ’91) and Institute of Social Development and Public Policy at Beijing Normal University founder Dr. Xiulan Zhang (PhD ’99), Dr. Park chose to pursue his degree at UC Berkeley because of the greater opportunities for advanced social welfare research. Dr. Park says he was drawn to the academic area of focus because “it responded to the needs of Korean society at the time.” He notes, too, that the “authoritarian” nature of the



government during the late 1980s and his early years in college also played an important part in his decision. “Many of my friends were arrested and went to prison,” he explains. “That compelled me to think about my career. I wanted to do something good for my country and achieve social justice for Korea. Intuitively I knew social welfare was one way to do so.” Upon his return to Seoul, Dr. Park resumed his work at the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA), where he was employed prior to his studies at Berkeley. His second tenure with the institution lasted six years and coincided with the Asian financial crisis, which spurred the Korean government’s need to design public assistance programs. His deep understanding of welfare policy informed his contributions to the development of the country’s Basic Livelihood Security Program (BLSP), which Dr. Park describes as an “incredibly meaningful program in the history of Korean welfare policy.” While at KIHASA, Dr. Park was also involved in a number of academic societies, including the Korean Association of Social Welfare Policy and the Korean Social Security Association, serving, at different times, as president for each. In 2004, he joined the faculty of Kyonggi University in the Department of Social Welfare, where he taught and conducted research for several years until joining Moon Jae-in’s presidential campaign in 2012. Although they lost that first election bid, they ran again last year and won. President Moon was inaugurated as the 19th president of the Repubilc of Korea

“I wanted to do something good for my country and achieve social justice for Korea. Intuitively I knew social welfare was one way to do so.” on May 9, 2017, and two months later, Dr. Park was appointed minister of health and welfare, responsible for overall welfare policies covering the areas of labor, social services and the environment. Among the many priorities of the new administration, as pledged by President Moon, is reforming welfare policies, particularly as they pertain to universal healthcare, support for families and children and assistance to the aging population. During his first few months as minister, Dr. Park has prioritized the expansion of Korea’s National Health Insurance (NHI) program, including provisions to lower copayments for doctor visits and introduce coverage for medical services currently considered elective or non-essential. Dr. Park also cites the pressing issue of the country’s “lowfertility crisis,” referring to the generation of Koreans electing not to start families because of the high costs associated with raising children. “The Korean government recognized the problem of low fertility 10 years ago, and we have made various efforts in designing policy,” he explains. “Unfortunately, having policies doesn’t mean they all work. We continued to see a decrease in fertility rates, and this administration is tackling this problem from the foundation. “I think young people avoid having children because they are uncertain about their own future and are unsatisfied with their current economic status,” he adds. “They think that there is no hope for the future generation. That uncertainty comes from unstable housing and employment and high costs for child-raising.” By pushing for policies that promote job stability, including transforming temporary or part-time work into permanent, full-time positions; improving working conditions for women and their work-life balance; and providing free quality daycare, Dr. Park is hoping to see a turnaround. Also widely recognized as a growing concern is Korea’s aging population, particularly the percentage of seniors who live in poverty or require specialized care for aging-related diseases, such as dementia. “The government has taken strong initiative to care for dementia patients and include dementia as part of the expanded welfare policy,” says Dr. Park. Dr. Park also explains that the country’s pension system is currently in a “transitional period.” “Most of the enrollees are middle- or high-income individuals, so people who need the government’s help the most are left out,” he says. “That probably explains why the poverty rates among the elderly are the highest in Korea among other countries.” The goal to replace the current pension system with a basic social security “in the form of public assistance” to low-income seniors will hopefully help remedy the widespread impoverishment, but

Dr. Park notes his belief that the “level of benefits provided are still too low to lift those elderly out of poverty.” The unifying aim of Dr. Park’s reform efforts for Korea’s social service policy is to achieve what he describes as an “inclusive welfare state,” in which a basic standard of living is set for all people. “It is my goal to introduce policies promoting community-based care so that vulnerable population groups, such as the elderly and persons with disability, can access services they need while actively engaging with people in their communities,” he explains. REMEMBERING BERKELEY “Many people have asked me, ‘Wasn’t it hard to study abroad?’ But for me, Berkeley was one of the happiest moments of my life,” Dr. Park responds when asked about his present-day thoughts about his alma mater. “When you’re in heaven, you don’t realize you’re in heaven.” His fondness for his Bay Area days comes from their contrast with his prior experiences in Korea, where concurrent academic and professional activities kept him overscheduled. At Berkeley, he says, all he “had to do was study” — a luxury he gratefully attributes to the fellowships and other financial support he received. To illustrate this point, Dr. Park shares a story about his funded position as a research assistant (RA) for Professor Gilbert. “He never made me do anything,” he laughs. “The condition for my earnings was that I should read whatever book I loved, come back to him and have discussions with him about it. I took that as meaning he really trusted in me — and that encouraged me in a profound way that I appreciate.” As for advice that Dr. Park has for current Berkeley Social Welfare students, including the many South Korean students who continue to enroll in the School’s PhD program with the goal of bringing their research and knowledge back to their native country, he offers, “Do your best at Berkeley because it provides the best opportunities. Study hard. Be ambitious. Enjoy the beautiful, natural environment. “Lastly, make connections,” he adds. “Stay in touch with professors and students, and scale up your own capabilities. And wherever you go, whether you come back to Korea or go • to another country, you’ll be able to thrive.”

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YEAR REFLECTIONS In 2018, the UC Berkeley campus celebrates its 150th anniversary as the School of Social Welfare turns 75. In addition to hosting our birthday party on March 10 at the ASUC Student Union’s Pauley Ballroom for our beloved students, faculty, alumni and social work community, we marked this momentous occasion by compiling a photo retrospective; a special bio of the founder of our social work program and the campus’ first woman faculty; and recollections of the five deanships that have guided our School through the past three-quarters of a century. Please enjoy this journey into the past as we prepare for the next 75 years of Berkeley Social Welfare.



1940s- 1950s


On June 1, 1944, the School of Social Welfare was offically established on the UC Berkeley campus, offering a two-year curriculum leading to the master of social welfare (MSW) degree. Harry Cassidy served as the founding dean but would resign just three months into his tenure. School faculty member Milton Chernin was appointed dean in 1946, ushering in an era that lasted three decades. Dean Chernin would describe the first two decades in the School’s history as a “golden era” of program growth, innovation and faculty development. External factors such as the GI bill, funding from the newly established National Institute of Mental Health and child welfare traineeships through the Children’s Bureau contributed to the School’s rapid expansion. At its inception, the School’s MSW program offered five areas of specialization: family and child welfare, medical social work, psychiatric social work, corrections and group work. By the end of the 1950s, the School’s stature and size rose to such a level that enhancing its research component, including the creation of a doctoral program, became top priority.

1960s- 1970s The turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s was historically significant on the UC Berkeley campus, and the School was “especially fertile ground for insurrection.” The era of “exhiliarating idealism and righteous anger” began with the optimism of the Kennedy and Johnson presidential administrations and an assertive belief in social policy. Federal and state grants increased exponentially between 1962-1968, enabling the School to expand its field faculty and programmatic offerings. Policymakers seemed to support the notion that the social work profession could function as a key component in addressing poverty, mental illness and a host of other social problems facing communities.


As the idealism of the Great Society faded, student dissatisfaction on the Berkeley campus simultaneously grew. Particular focus was placed on the School’s significant dearth of students and faculty of color, and for the first time a committee charged with the recruitment and support of underrepresented, minority students would be established. The turmoil was real. Descriptions of the period note that the decrease in federal grant support “nearly wrecked the School,” with “faculty-student relations” being not only “strained,” but “hostile.” A lasting tenet of the times would be the demand for relevancy in social work education, including “participation, responsiveness and direct action.”


1980s- 1990s Emerging from the divisiveness of the previous period and under the leadership of its new dean, Harry Specht, the late 1970s - early 1980s was a time for Berkeley Social Welfare to consolidate its strengths, replenish its senate faculty and field consultants, develop curricula in new areas and, importantly, refine its mission. Taking stock of its own role, the School adopted a statement emphasizing social work training for the public services. Field education, in particular, was reformulated to ensure that every MSW student would have significant field training in a public agency or private nonprofit under contract to a government agency. The School also began its reign as consistently ranking among the top social welfare graduate programs in the country, coming out on top in faculty productivity and PhD students graduated per faculty member.

2000 - 2018 Like the UC Berkeley campus, Berkeley Social Welfare has spent much of the early part of the 21st century working to maintain its mission as a public institution dedicated to serving the public good, all while facing the realities of dwindling public funding. The School’s most recent leaders — Dean Emeritus James Midgley, Dean Emerita Lorraine Midanik and Dean Jeffrey Edleson — have acknowledged strategic donor stewardship to be one of the most important responsibilities of their role. Fundraising efforts over the past two decades have resulted in endowed faculty chairs; much-needed financial support for undergraduate, MSW and PhD students; global internships that provide opportunity for developing cultural competency; and the expansion and improvement of Haviland Hall’s community and classroom spaces. And while California’s investment in public higher education is unreliable, our students’ willingness to protest against perceived injustices remains a constant.




Founding Mother: JESSICA BL ANCHE PEIXOT TO by Dean Jeffrey Edleson Jessica Blanche Peixotto is credited with being the founder of social welfare studies at Berkeley. Her family’s story can be traced back to the time when Columbus was setting off for the New World. On the Iberian Peninsula in the late 1400s the Inquisition was in full swing. One Jewish family set off from Portugal in 1492 in a different direction. Their decision would set in motion cascading migrations that would end 400 years later with an American-born descendent, Jessica Blanche Peixotto, becoming a nationally-known Berkeley faculty member. I only came to know of Jessica after picking up her mantel as dean of the School of Social Welfare. I wondered how this predecessor of mine shaped our School and field more than 100 years ago. Six-year-old Jessica, her mother and two younger brothers came to California to reunite with her father — an early employee of Levi Strauss, a merchant in his own right and a long-time president of Temple Emanuel synagogue in San Francisco. He didn’t believe that girls should get an education beyond high school so Jessica persisted for 11 years after graduation by studying with tutors at home. She convinced her father to let her enroll at Berkeley in 1891 as a special student in non-degree studies. She eventually did earn her bachelors degree in 1894 and went on to be only the second woman at Berkeley to be awarded a PhD in April 1900. Supervised by the world-renowned historian and political scientist Bernard Moses, her dissertation was a comparative study of the French Revolution and modern French Socialism. A few years after completing her doctorate, Jessica was hired in 1904 as a lecturer by Berkeley’s President Benjamin Ide Wheeler to teach a course in contemporary socialism. In 1907 she was promoted to a junior faculty position and added a course on the control of poverty to her teaching portfolio. By 1917, in the midst of the First World War, she helped establish the first training for social workers in California that paved the way for a new graduate credential in social welfare, located within the Department of Economics. In 1918 Jessica broke another barrier by becoming the first woman at the University of California to be promoted

to full professor. Today her portrait hangs in a corner of the dining room of the Women’s Faculty Club, which she helped establish when women were excluded from the existing Faculty Club. Jessica and her women colleagues also established new areas of study and teaching in economics. She established, with her colleagues Lucy Ward Stebbins and Emily Nobel Plehn, a field of “social economics” that they called the “feminine form of political economics.” She published studies on living wages for a variety of workers, including faculty, and taught courses on social welfare. While I doubt Jessica thought of herself as a social worker, she was a scientist who brought the emerging methods of social sciences to bear on the well-being of workers, families and children. She served on several statewide and national child welfare boards and spoke frequently on social well-being using data she gathered in her studies. In 1928 she was elected vice president of the American Economics Association, attesting to her national reputation. Jessica’s scientific approach was novel in her time, but her approach has had a significant influence on our School over this past century. Following Jessica’s lead, our faculty continues to establish itself as leading scholars and public intellectuals who challenge conventional wisdom and work to develop evidence to inform better policies and practices in social welfare. Her own life’s work established the foundation for Berkeley Social Welfare, and her priorities echo today in the halls of Haviland as her legacy of practicing science for the common good continues to differentiate our School from many other social work programs. Jessica Blanche Peixotto retired from the University in 1935 and passed away after a long illness in 1941 at the age of 77. •


by Berkeley Social Welfare Professor Emeritus James Leiby (1924 - 2012) Adapted from the original article published in Social Welfare at Berkeley’s 50th Anniversary Issue: Celebrating the Past, Challenging the Future, Fall 1994 Milton Chernin was an improbable choice for dean. He was neither a professional social worker nor a scholar of national reputation. He was a modest, sensible, considerate man in a world of imposing egos often quickened by fervid credos. “I am a product of the University of California,” he said in autobiographical statements early in his career. He meant that almost all his education and employment were in the University, but he might have added that his understanding of the University was the basis of his appointment and of his vision and decisions as dean. Harry Cassidy’s resignation as dean in July 1944 came as a surprise. In September President Robert Gordon Sproul appointed a faculty senate committee to find a replacement. The committee discerned two possible directions for the School: “purely professional...filling the needs of public and private agencies” or “a broader basis...integrating the subject matter of social welfare with that of the social sciences in general.” The committee favored the second direction, of course, and felt the School should “secure breadth of training” by “drawing upon present or increased offerings of various University departments, eg, psychology, history, political science, economics and possibly also by establishing a department of sociology… which appears to be overdue.” Chernin was born a subject of the Czar on March 9, 1910. The family soon emigrated to New York, and he grew up in the village of Cannonsville, where his father kept a store. After graduating from high school at 15, Chernin enrolled at Columbia. A year later he transferred to UCLA, where he received an AB in political science. He took an MA in political science at Berkeley (1930) and began work toward a PhD. He was then 20 years old. A little fellow with a big voice, he was very bright, funny and hard-working.



The mission of the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare would be to “build the knowledge base of social work practice” through research. Chernin did practice teaching in an Oakland high school and held odd jobs around the University. He impressed Sam May, professor of political science and director of public administration, and was hired to assist May in his seminar on the administration of criminal justice. In 1935 Chernin was an instructor in the State Relief Administration training program, teaching public administration and public health administration. From 1936 to 1939 he worked in the State Relief Administration’s Division of Research and Surveys, serving as director in 1938 and 1939. He resigned because of political changes. Meanwhile he had received his PhD in 1937 and was looking for a job. Nothing good came along until Harry Cassidy hired him in July 1940. When Chernin became an acting dean in July 1946, his association with the University and the School was much stronger than his association with professional social work. His academic interest in corrections was an accident of his association with Professor May. He had paid no attention to public welfare until the State Relief Administration hired him as an instructor in 1935; he prepared himself then by reading the legislative hearings and material related to the Social Security Act. His peers in the Relief Administration’s Division of Research were conscientious researchers, but not social workers. What he knew about social work he learned mostly between 1940 and 1943 from his professional colleagues on the faculty — Maurine McKeany, Hassseltine Taylor, Jane Shaw Ward, Ruth Cooper — and from his wife Gertrude, who had been a social worker in the Relief Administration. Chernin’s experience was that the School was an academic institution, part of the University. Beyond that, he followed Cassidy’s doctrines: that social welfare was an institution, like an industry, and social work was an occupation in that industry; that the most important part of social welfare was public welfare and that the social work occupation in public welfare was typically a bureaucracy differentiated into staff and line, with the staff responsible for policy and administration and the line providing client services. These doctrines seemed to codify Chernin’s impressions of correctional administration, relief administration and military government. After the crises of the Depression and the war, social work was earnestly reorganizing itself along more professional lines. The professional demiurge especially inspired the accrediting agency. Like the University, it rejected mere

vocationalism, precisely the job-related or task-oriented training that the county welfare directors favored. The thrust of professionalism was toward social work as an occupation, not an industry, and toward professional method. Method differed from job-related, task-oriented skills by its professional spirit. The distinction was between a routine task done in a routine way and a task understood as significant for individuals and society and approached creatively, with a sense of personal and professional responsibility. But what, then, was the School’s mission? For a while, Chernin believed the School might look to the model of the School of Public Health, newer even than the School of Social Welfare and expanding madly. Public health was plainly an industry, not an occupation; the School of Public Health included sanitarians, epidemiologists, nurses, educators and experts in special fields. One of Chernin’s first appointments was Davis McEntire, who had degrees in rural sociology and agricultural economics and was working on the demography of California’s labor force. He was an excellent researcher and writer, interested in social welfare as an industry rather than social work as an occupation. MSW students were not interested in studying the labor force, however, any more than they were interested in corrections or for that matter in social welfare as an industry. Neither were their prospective employers, nor the leaders of professional organizations. Meanwhile, from the unending discussion of professional education and curriculum among fellow deans, Chernin seized upon the concept of a “knowledge base.” The mission of the Berkeley school would be to “build the knowledge base of social work practice” through research. A profession that does not systematically improve its knowledge base, he would say in his most sonorous and emphatic way, must decline. Chernin wanted to improve on the existing professional literature. The journals and publications that practitioners (mostly caseworkers) read were, by standards of academic research, unsophisticated. They typically aimed to codify experience, as a wise field work supervisor might do. Their research was a sort of “practice wisdom” that worked from the premise that particular cases were distinctive and that social workers had to apply different parts of their knowledge base to each given case. Practice wisdom had the quality of an internalized case conference and an art,

rather than a science. By standards of technical academic research, it was likely to be uncritical about or even unaware of theoretical assumptions and rules of evidence. It was innocent of hypotheses formally proposed and tested, control groups and what came to be called “hard data.” This was obvious, and it pained Chernin that social science researchers at Berkeley were likely to dismiss the professional literature as at best “interesting, but not significant” (another phase he often intoned). His response was to hire professors who would first of all satisfy Berkeley’s standards for research and publication. In these matters he had much less discretion than most social work deans, whose schools were more autonomous and more closely related to professional agencies and associations. All appointments and promotions in the School had to be reviewed and approved by committees of the campus Academic Senate. But while Chernin had to apply these standards, he did so with determination. And as the School established its academic credentials, it also continued planning its doctoral program. The doctoral program began in 1960 and became a great success, partly because the Children’s Bureau, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and other agencies provided stipends and support. Meanwhile a dream for the MSW program was coming true as the State Department of Social Welfare and the county welfare departments began to work more closely with the School’s MSW program. The election of John Kennedy as president in 1960 opened the door for greater influence by professional social work in Washington. The federal “services amendments” of 1962 offered 75-25 percent cost sharing for certain social work services in county public assistance. The carrot-and-stick worked, and the School, along with all other schools, grew crowded with MSW students supported by stipends and committed to public welfare. The “new left” of the 1960s was born of the civil rights movement. Activists employed the agitprop tactics of labor organizers to dramatize their grievances and to promote the interests of Black neighborhoods. They came to see that poor people were poorly serviced by public agencies — the police, the schools, the health services and especially public welfare. Chernin at first viewed the militant students as allies in his effort to build the School’s commitment to public welfare, policy and administration, as distinct from casework in a psychotherapeutic spirit. A member of the State Board of Social Welfare, he was much impressed by meetings with welfare clients and neighborhood leaders. The general political sentiment, however, moved in other directions. In 1966 Ronald Reagan was elected California


governor after a campaign that appealed to popular prejudice against student radicals. He promptly dismissed the State Board of Social Welfare; their replacements began an inquiry into welfare fraud. The emphasis on staff development and professional service diminished and then vanished. So did research funds. In 1968 Richard Nixon was elected president. His executives rejected the War on Poverty and cut federal funds for social work education. Meanwhile, campus authorities began to restrict growth and to emphasize Berkeley’s special role in advanced education and research. As soft-money grants ended, the School’s program contracted to a size more within the scope of the regular faculty. The lasting effect of the period was that the student body and the faculty became more diverse and sociocultural circumstances received more attention in preparing for practice. There was also a change in the character of the faculty. The increase in doctoral education across the country made available many candidates who did combine professional identification and research interests and skills. What might be called the third generation of faculty were typically of this kind: Scott Briar, Henry Miller, Andrew Billingsley, Ralph Kramer, Robert Pruger, Harry Specht, Neil Gilbert, Eileen Gambrill and Steven Segal, among others. They came to Berkeley because of its academic prestige and generous salary scale. The School also attracted excellent non-senate faculty from agencies in the Bay Area. The hope of 1962 that county public welfare might become a sort of public family service agency seemed brighter when federal public assistance administrators decreed the separation of eligibility determination from services. In 1972 the “adult categories” were sent to the local social security office for SSI, while “protective” and other services remained with county welfare departments. As it turned out, however, there was much doubt about services and the function of MSWs. The complaint that local public services did not respond to the neighborhoods led to the notion that the local agencies might instead open new careers for the neighbors, and, in turn, to considerations about the “differential use of manpower” and career ladders. The growing host of community colleges welcomed the idea of career ladders; they were in part vocational schools, job-oriented and task-oriented as the University was not. The differential use of personnel was an old theme in social work. It had first appeared in the distinction between volunteers and the professionals who led them, then in the recurrent debate about a professional undergraduate program (which was recognized by NASW in 1970 and by the accrediting agency in 1971). It resonated with the emphasis that the federal government put on “hard services” after 1967. It drew the


picture of an MSW as leader of a team — a supervisor, trainer or case manager rather than a caseworker. But at the same time it identified specific tasks and functions and suggested a reclassification of jobs based on factors other than a professional degree. This didn’t much affect Berkeley MSWs because they ordinarily looked for and found jobs for which an MSW was required. The difficulty for Berkeley graduates was the proliferation of degree programs that trained people for counseling: marriage, family and child (MFC) counselors, clinical psychologists, educational counselors, rehab workers, pastoral counselors, not to mention psychiatric and public health nurses, leaders of encounter groups, workers with street gangs or correctional specialists in guided group interaction. These programs offered psychological insight and the satisfaction of counseling that many caseworkers found in “private practice” without the embarrassment of public assistance or even community mental health, or the nagging concern with social welfare as an industry — or a political mission. In 1971 the MFC counselors protested to a sympathetic State Board of Behavioral Science Examiners that the MSW curriculum didn’t have enough material specific to children and families; they wanted to change the licensing law. In 1974 the state’s clinical social workers, at their annual meeting, raised the question whether the schools of social work had lost a sense of clinical competence. Clinical doctorates were becoming available for serious practitioners and non-PhD clinicians worried about licensing. Amid these changes, what was the School’s mission? In 1973 Berkeley’s provost of professional schools, looking for ways to conserve and redirect limited campus resources, proposed a College of Applied Social Sciences. Chernin responded that such a school would have to include two dimensions: clinical counseling and social policy and administration. He was reflecting on changes in the MSW curriculum in which Professor Ralph Kramer (PhD ’64), a graduate of the School’s first doctoral class, had arranged — a specialization in community organization. Kramer had enrolled in the School’s first MSW class, when Cassidy was dean, and served in the army as a psychiatric social worker. (His MSW thesis in 1946 was about that work.) After years of practice, Kramer took up administration, grew active in the East Bay United Way and became director of the Contra Costa Council of Social Planning. He had in these years served as a lecturer at the School, teaching a course in community organization that was required of all MSW students. He now began the research, which

issued in Participation of the Poor (1969), an analysis of that phase of the War on Poverty. In the new specialization, however, he emphasized administration and planning rather than neighborhood organizing.

photo: Harry Specht, Milton Chernin, Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Martin Wolins and Ralph Kramer

In 1967, Harry Specht — a group worker who took a doctorate at Brandeis University, which specialized in administration, policy and research — joined the faculty. Specht had worked in community organizing in New York City and Contra Costa County, and in 1969 he and Kramer published a book of readings that corresponded to the theorizing about community organization that was emanating from Brandeis. Then Neil Gilbert, Robert Pruger (DSW ’70) and Leonard Miller joined the faculty and brought to courses on social policy notions of policy analysis that had taken form in the 1950s in academic departments of political science, economics and sociology. In 1972 the methods courses were organized into “direct service” and “indirect service,” with instructors in policy characteristically aligned with indirect, or management-oriented, services. These were the developments, worked out amid much turmoil, that Chernin had in mind when he responded to the provost’s proposal for a College of Applied Social Sciences. In a way, the distinction between direct or indirect services competed with many specialists with more particular skills. Meanwhile, public welfare administration, in the comprehensive sense understood in the 1930s, had devolved into several autonomous bureaucracies with their particular leaders and clients. Research in social welfare, far from getting at the roots of problems and solving them, raised more questions than it answered. Chernin retired in 1977 and spent most of the rest of his years busy and happy as secretary of the Academic Senate and president of the Faculty Club. •


by Berkeley Social Welfare Professor Neil Gilbert Originally published in Social Welfare at Berkeley’s 50th Anniversary Issue: Celebrating the Past, Challenging the Future, Fall 1994 When Harry Specht became dean in 1977 there was uncertainty about what to expect. Milton Chernin had been dean for 31 years. We had no precedent for administrative successions. Unlike Chernin, whom we had known only as dean, Specht had served 10 years as professor. This did not recommend him highly to the job. It is one thing to teach a class of MSWs and quite another to manage our learned


society. Specht, in addition, was a well-published scholar, further diminishing his credibility as someone fit for practical affairs. Indeed, he was not the faculty’s first choice. We looked for an outside candidate — the University prefers outsiders — and offered the job to a distinguished professor in


another school. She turned us down. It was not exactly in desperation that we turned to Specht (who had been serving as acting dean and seemed to be doing little harm). The faculty’s virtually unanimous vote in favor of his appointment reflected satisfaction with the way he had handled things and a vague apprehension that no one else fully in possession of their faculties would take the job. In any event, it is fair to say that many of us viewed Specht as likely to be a one-term dean, serving as an administrative transition from the Chernin years. Little did anyone imagine that 16 years later the faculty would ask him to reconsider his retirement plans and to serve on to help the School weather a fiscal crisis. Milton Chernin had established professional social welfare education amid the rigorous academic culture of the University of California, Berkeley. The School of Social Welfare took root under the Chernin administration and survived the crises of the 1960s and the 1970s under his leadership. With the Vietnam War behind us, and with the

The effects were evident on several fronts. In 1982 only 25 percent of our graduates went to work for public agencies. This figure rose to half by 1986 and to 58 percent in an alumni survey conducted in 1993. New courses were developed to prepare graduates for work with the primary populations served in the public agencies, such as families in crisis, abused children and the severely mentally ill. And through a tremendous effort by the field faculty, the portion of first-year students assigned fieldwork in public agencies increased from less than 25 percent in 1980 to nearly 100 percent in 1994. If the Chernin years were devoted to gaining recognition and legitimacy within the University, in the Specht years the School reached beyond the campus to alumni and the professional community. Among Specht’s first initiatives as dean were effort to revive the defunct Social Welfare Graduate Assembly (SWGA) and the Social Welfare Alumni Association (SWAA), both of which had gone out of business during campus conflicts of the 1970s. He worked with students to revive their association, a successful effort as indicated by the vitality of SWGA. He dealt with

During the Specht years the School benefitted from a style of administrative leadership that did not retire in the face of conflict. settlement of some of the more explosive issues of the civil rights movement, the School flourished during the Specht years, making significant strides in five areas: public service, community relations, academic excellence, faculty diversity and resource enhancement.

COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE During Specht’s first seven-year term, the faculty of the School shaped and implemented an educational mission worthy of and appropriate for a graduate social welfare program on the Berkeley campus. It was an arduous process. When the idea of a mission statement first surfaced, the faculty responded with the customary expression of its analytical propensities — discourse referred to in other circles as bickering. Specht suggested that, perhaps, it was time to begin the search for another dean. This induced a minor crisis, dampening our analytic propensities and drawing us together to forge a common declaration of mission. This statement, adopted in April 1982, continues to guide our efforts to train professionals and develop knowledge for the public social services.

the alumni association by calling a meeting of all the School’s alumni that four hardy souls attended. As a 1960s community organizer with New York’s fabled Mobilization for Youth, Specht was undaunted. Recognizing that four Berkeley graduates constituted a full-blown organization, he appointed Warren Jones (MSW ’59), William Stevenson (MSW ’57), Jesse Jones (MSW ’77) and Cathy Ralph (MSW ’77), respectively, president, treasurer and board members at large of a new School of Social Welfare Alumni Association.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE In the course of introducing social welfare education to Berkeley, the faculty under Milton Chernin’s guidance established a firm scholarly standing. In the Specht years, the School has gone on to scale new academic heights as measured by research, scholarly productivity and national reputation. Since the early 1980s, the School has been consistently ranked among the top graduate social welfare institutions in the country. A 1993 study of the nation’s top

40 schools rated Berkeley first in productivity, with twice as many papers published and almost twice as many doctoral students graduated per faculty as our nearest competitor! In 1994, the first time that the US News and World Report included schools of social work in its national survey rating professional education, Berkeley tied for second place. The diversity of the faculty changed in these years, as the School’s commitment to faculty and student diversity became pronounced. In 1977 white males accounted for 85 percent of the senate faculty. In 1994, nearly half were women or ethnic minorities. Minority students represented approximately three-quarters of the undergraduate class, 36 percent of the MSW class and half of the entering PhD class, the highest proportion achieved at the doctoral level.

Five years later, the Social Welfare Alumni Association wanted to donate funds to create a small lounge area in the library. Having recognized its aesthetic qualities and historical significance, Specht submitted a proposal to restore the library to its original condition, which the campus immediately funded — somewhat to his surprise, since minor capital improvement projects usually lumber their way up a long list over many years. Inspired by this success, the School embarked on its first fundraising project to provide special amenities for the library, which allowed us to complete the renovation in high style. With the generous support of 300 donors, work on the library was completed in 1986, creating a new centerpiece and source of great pride for the School.

Specht’s own plea for social workers to support the public social services coincided with the School’s efforts to move professional education in this direction. OLD FRIENDS, NEW GIFTS During the Specht years the School benefitted from a style of administrative leadership that did not retire in the face of conflict. Soon after he assumed the deanship, the School of Public Health, taking over space in Haviland Hall vacated by the defunct School of Criminology, proposed dismantling the School’s library reading room, partitioning it and turning it into offices. The thought that history would mark as his first accomplishment the loss of the School’s precious library did not sit well with Dean Specht. He hurriedly organized a conference at which Sally Woodbridge, the world’s foremost authority on the works of John Galen Howard, expounded on the architectural heritage of Haviland Hall. The library, it appeared, was a cultural treasure. Although Woodbridge stopped short of proclaiming that only Philistines could ever imagine partitioning such a lovely space, her lecture implanted this thought in everyone’s mind. That was, of course, the idea. The University’s plans to violate the aesthetic integrity of the Haviland Library was seen as a form of cultural insensitivity, a charge certain to incite panic in the Chancellor’s office. Having discovered an architectural jewel in our midst, Dean Specht took Ovid’s advice — “a good offense is the best defense” — and, with the support of heritage groups, welcomed the entry of the library to the list of historical places, thus relegating Public Health’s proposal to the dustbins of the Campus Space Planning Council.


Specht’s first term as dean ended in 1984 and was quickly extended for a second five-year term. With an outstanding faculty committed to the School’s public service mission, a revised curriculum in place, an excellent student body, good alumni support and his administrative house in order, Specht began his significant challenge to the profession. It started in 1984 with his paper, “Undergraduate Education and Professional Achievements of MSWs,” with Doris Britt and Chuck Frost, challenging the quality of undergraduate social work education. An article followed the next year calling for social workers to give greater attention to skills and knowledge for the management of nonclinical interactions. In 1990, Specht warned that social work was being engulfed b the “popular psychotherapies.” This message was elaborated in his 1994 book with Mark Courtney, Unfaithful Angels, an examination of how social work abandoned its mission to aid and serve the underprivileged. Specht’s own plea for social workers to support the public social services coincided with the School’s efforts to move professional education in this direction. In 1988, with the assistance of the Zellerbach Family Fund, the School launched the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC), an organization comprised of nine directors of county social service departments and the deans of the area’s three schools of social work. Affording a forum for policy development activities linking professional education


photo: Dean Harry Specht (far right) next to University Librarian Joe Rosenthal at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated Haviland Library.

to practice, the Consortium became the seedbed for a number of research projects; it also led to the creation of the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), a major statewide effort to recruit and retain social workers committed to the public social services.

of years before it was operational, as Dean Specht reported that the donor appeared to be in alarmingly good health. [The anonymous donor, of course, was Harry Specht — one never to fall short of his goals. —Neil Gilbert, February 2018]

In his will Chernin bequeathed to the School an endowed chair, the Milton and Gertrude Chernin Professorship in Social Welfare. Chernin’s final legacy stirred Specht’s imagination. Building on the success of the library project, Specht sought the help and participation of our alumni and friends to enhance the School’s resources. Much to the skepticism of his colleagues, he set as a goal the establishment of a minority fellowship fund and five chairs by the School’s 50th anniversary requiring endowments totaling about $2 million.

With these five chairs, the School had one of the highest proportions of chairs to senate faculty on the Berkeley campus, a remarkable testimony to the commitments that have been forged over the past half century.

All major fundraising efforts require leadership to encourage others to give, and by 1989 that leadership was provided by Rose and Eugene Kleiner, who established a chair in aging, followed by the Hutto Patterson Foundation and alumna Catherine Hutto Gordon, for a chair in child and family studies. The Zellerbach Family Fund established a chair in social policy, community change and practice in 1992, and in 1993 Dean Specht announced that the fifth chair was spoken for by an anonymous donor, with regular payments culminating in a bequest prepared in conjunction with the University’s office of development. Although the fifth chair was formally committed to the School, it would be a number

Several fellowship funds were established or pledged during these years, including the minority fellowship/funds in the names of Minna Crook, Mary O’Day, the Solis Family, Luis Carrillo, Fred Smith and Don Catalano, the Wurzel Family, Myrtle Lytle, Riva Specht and Max Rosenlicht and Carla Rosenlicht-Zingarelli. The Seabury Lecture and Friedlander Lecture were also established, and other funds were pledged as bequests. All told, 24 funds were created, with an endowment corpus of $3.2 million. As our first half century drew to a close, the School was imbued with a standard of organizational leadership, academic excellence and professional commitment to social welfare, which guided and inspired those who followed. •


by Berkeley Social Welfare Professor of the Graduate School and Dean Emeritus James Midgley It was a great honor to be appointed to the deanship of the School of Social Welfare in 1996. I had been very happy in my previous job and was a rather reluctant candidate but I was received with such warmth that it was soon clear that the School was the place for me. The School’s achievements under my predecessor Dean Harry Specht were enviable. Not only had it achieved scholarly preeminence, being ranked number one in the country in terms of its academic publications, but the quality of teaching was extremely high. The professional training MSW students received was exceptional — particularly because of the dedication of the field faculty. The quality of doctoral research and the commitment of undergraduates to the field of social welfare was inspiring. The level of staff support was simply outstanding. As I settled down to the job of


my term.

being an administrator, I quickly realized that I was among friends who shared the commitment to excellence that had characterized the School’s history over the preceding half-century. It is tempting for new deans to want to make changes but it was clear to me that there was little in the School that needed to change. Instead, I sought to identify areas in which we could be even better. One of these was to redouble development efforts, particularly with regard to student financial aid. Harry had been very successful in establishing endowed chairs but I felt that more should be done to help students cope with the fee increases that were becoming more frequent during

I also felt that we needed to raise the visibility of the School and adopt a more systematic approach to development that would involve alumni, students and friends. To this


end, I consulted with colleagues and friends and created the School’s Community Partnership Board consisting of leaders in the community as well as alumni, practitioners and student representatives who would not only help with fundraising but enhance our community relations. I was fortunate that we were able to secure staff support for these activities. We also established a newsletter, a regular annual appeal as well as events at which the School’s friends, alumni, faculty and students could meet and exchange ideas. I obtained approval from Bill Zellerbach to modify the Zellerbach Chair, which had become vacant, to create a visiting distinguished professorship to attract internationally recognized scholars to stay for a semester or two. During my deanship, a series of highly respected social welfare scholars came to the School as visiting professors, further enhancing our international reputation. Membership of the alumni association increased rapidly and the annual appeal generated increasing support. As a result of these initiatives and a special appeal to mark the School’s 60th anniversary, many more fellowships for students were established. New gifts also funded a chair and various research initiatives. I was particularly grateful when the Johnson family gave us a check for $1 million to mark the School’s anniversary. In total, we raised more than $11 million in support during my term. Another activity was to strengthen and expand our public service programs through the Center for Social Services Research (CSSR) and the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), both of which had been a high priority during Harry’s term. I was honored to formally open CSSR shortly after I joined the School, and I was able to assist the faculty to promote its activities. With regard to CalSWEC, I worked with colleagues at the state’s other social work programs and a number of county social services directors to develop a strategic plan to guide its future development. The plan sought to move the organization beyond its primary commitment to child welfare training and develop new initiatives in mental health and aging. We were extraordinarily fortunate when Proposition 63 (The Mental Health Services Act) was approved by the voters of California in 2004 and, together with the School’s Assistant Dean for Administration Jim Steele, we successfully entered into negotiations with the state to fund a new scholarship program for MSW students in the mental health field. Although we were unable to secure a steady flow of funds for professional education in aging, various sources were tapped to strengthen CalSWEC’s activities in this field. At the end of my term in 2006, the organization was drawing down about $25 million in scholarships annually to educate social work students statewide.

photo: Andrew Scharlach, James Midgley, Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Neil Gilbert and Richard Barth

After I joined the School, I also felt that faculty governance over the instructional programs needed to be strengthened. Although the doctoral program was firmly under faculty control, I believed the MSW and undergraduate programs needed greater faculty oversight. Without wishing to unduly bureaucratize the School’s academic administration, I consolidated faculty leadership by appointing an associate dean for instruction and establishing new committees to work closely with Paul Terrell and Bart Grossman and our field colleagues so that the faculty would assume full ownership of these programs. This initiative paid off when the MSW was successfully reviewed for accreditation and when an independent review initiated by the University’s Graduate Division resulted in a favorable report. After I stepped down from the deanship, I was honored to serve as faculty chair of the undergraduate program and was particularly gratified to learn that it had been ranked number one in the country by USA Today. A final initiative was to address faculty renewal and improve salaries for both the field faculty and staff. When I joined the School, the faculty consisted mostly of senior, full professors and it was clear to me that we needed to secure approval from the University to recruit new, junior level faculty. Jim Steele and I prepared a long-range plan that we presented to the University, pointing out that as senior colleagues retired, there would be a serious continuity gap that could harm the School’s national reputation. In this I was moderately successful and during my term, we were able to recruit several new colleagues at the assistant and associate professor levels. In addition, we were able to consolidate funding for the field faculty and secure salary adjustments for them as well as many of the staff who had provided outstanding support but were inadequately compensated. I look back at my time as dean with pleasure and gratitude for all the support I received from faculty colleagues, staff and the School’s outstanding students as well as its alumni and many friends. Deans cannot successfully discharge their obligations without support of this kind. Of course, I should also mention my wife, Dija, who helped me to represent the School at numerous campus, national and international functions. I am truly indebted to everyone who contributed to our collective efforts to further the School’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research and community service — and foster its wider objective of promoting social justice and well-being for all. I hope I was able to make a modest but meaningful contribution to this goal. •


by Berkeley Social Welfare Dean and Professor Emerita Lorraine T. Midanik I became the permanent dean in 2007 after two unsuccessful international searches. At that time, there was concern about the fate of the School if a dean could not be found. Even though I never sought the position, I reluctantly agreed to be dean because I was grateful to the School that had supported me throughout my career. I was fortunate to have Andrew Scharlach as associate dean during most of my deanship and Kristina Osborn as my administrative assistant. Their dedication to the School was extraordinary.

I am pleased to write this article about the accomplishments of the School during my years as dean as part of the celebration of the School of Social Welfare’s 75th anniversary. As background, it is important to preface these reflections with the historical context surrounding the School during those years that significantly shaped the ways in which I served the School as its first woman dean. My career at Berkeley began in 1979 as a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health; I was appointed as an assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare in 1984. From 2000 to 2004, I was associate dean for academic affairs and served as acting dean in 2000 while Dean Midgley was on sabbatical and again in 2006-2007 when he stepped down from the deanship.


My deanship began at a very tumultuous time. The fiscal crisis that began in 2007 was followed by a major recession second only to the Great Depression of the 1930s. These widespread and perilous financial circumstances translated to tense and


frugal times at Berkeley as state funds to the University were significantly cut for several years. The University searched relentlessly for additional ways to lower costs yet maintain the high quality of faculty teaching and research. During this time, all deans needed to slash spending levels and plan carefully for the future given that funding to the University would continue to shrink. There were very few opportunities to replace faculty during those years, and the School eventually was down from 17 to 12 academic senate faculty members, including myself. Faculty was stressed, staff was anxious and overworked and students were burdened with continuous increases in tuition. There was no administrative honeymoon period. Changes in periods of turbulence are challenging for everyone, but change needed to happen to ensure that the School remained solvent. At times hard decisions were made even harder by the divisiveness of some faculty who were deeply entrenched in what were traditional ways of thinking. Nonetheless, during those years, important changes were implemented to streamline the academic and development processes in the School. Thus, a development officer was appointed as well as a communications director, Francesca Dinglasan, to enhance our donor base and to ensure that external communication about the achievements of the School was firmly in place. Our fieldwork program was revitalized by the appointment of Greg Merrill as the director of field education, Bob Teague was hired as our excellent academic coordinator and Barbara Broque became the assistant dean who modernized the fiscal processes in our School. John Cullen became the executive director of CalSWEC and did an outstanding job overseeing its critical functions. Finally, in my last year of dean, the School was able to hire two new assistant professors, Adrian Aguilera and Valerie Shapiro, who were to become the first of many new faculty hires that continue to infuse the School with urgently needed diverse perspectives, renewed energy and creative ideas. On the instructional side, in 2006 a group of very dedicated students received the School’s support to develop a Social Justice Symposium in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. This successful student-run program has continued annually since that time and is a truly laudable community and University-wide service. I had the honor and the privilege to welcome attendees to the Symposium every year when I was dean. The School continued to have record-breaking numbers of applications for our undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, and new concurrent programs, such as the MSW/MPH and MSW/MPP, were created. In addition, a new version of the Intercambio program began in Mexico

photo: Lorraine Midanik, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Executive DirectorJakada Imani and Jessica Beitch (MSW ’11) at the 2011 Social Justice Symposium

for our master’s students with the help of Rafa Herrera, Kurt Organista and Lupe Gallegos-Diaz, an alumna of the School. We also received a Ford Foundation planning grant for a Berkeley/China exchange program for students and faculty research headed by Julian Chow. Working with faculty, students, staff and alumni, we also successfully completed a new vision statement, a mission statement and strategic objectives for the School for the next five years. During my deanship, relationships with donors and foundations continued to be strong and were instrumental in maintaining the excellence of the School. Meetings with donors such as Al and Marguerite Johnson and Tom Layton of the Gerbode Foundation gave me the opportunity to talk about the School’s accomplishments. From a development perspective, the School did thrive in these most difficult times; we doubled our endowment with the significant generosity of our donors, and we also expanded the donor base. From the estate of Milton and Florence Krenz Mack, a new endowed chair and Center in Mental Health and Social Conflict was established, along with several new graduate fellowships, with additional funding supporting the existing Mack Center in Non-Profit Management in the Human Services. Catherine Hutto Gordon, a devoted alumna, generous donor to the School and chair of our advisory board at that time, with her sister Eileen, pledged the Hewlett Endowed Chair for the School in Social Services and Public Education. My years as dean served as a transition for the School — moving from a culture of entrenchment to one of continued innovation. I am proud of the School and its ongoing commitment to serve the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in our country and in the world. I am more than pleased to have been a part of its growth and development and to have worked with phenomenal donors, amazing students, terrific staff and many dedicated faculty who share my love of the School. Happy 75th birthday, School of Social Welfare. Happy Diamond Jubilee! •

THE EDLESON YEARS 2012 - PRESENT by Berkeley Social Welfare Dean and Professor Jeffrey L. Edleson (BA ’74)

As many of you know, I was a transfer student to Berkeley. I only spent two years of my life as a student at Berkeley but those 600 or so days changed the direction my life has taken in the decades that have followed. When I was an undergraduate, Milton Chernin was my dean and a very young Neil photo: AssistantGilbert Professor(who Yu-Ling smoked Chang meets members Dean’s a pipe of in the class), Kermit Circle at the March dinner event in Wiltse and James Leiby Haviland Hall. were my professors. The class that changed my life, however, was taught by Eileen Gambrill and focused on emerging behavioral approaches to social service intervention that were backed by evidence from rigorous research. She advised me to study in the Midwest, so in 1974 I loaded up my VW Bug and left California for Wisconsin and then Minnesota. This led to my MSSW and a PhD in social work as well as a long academic career. It would be 38 years before Eileen called me again as a member of the Dean Search Committee to ask me to apply for the position. I feel very fortunate to have been selected from a great field of candidates, and it has felt like a completion of a full circle in my own life. I am but a steward for a few years in the history of this wonderful School. It is clear that many of today’s issues


are echoes of similar experiences of former deans, most recently James Midgley and Lorraine Midanik. We have each faced social turmoil and budget constraints, but have also experienced profoundly positive changes while leading the School. I have been fortunate that my years as dean have been marked by renewal of our faculty and staff, growth in our funded research and changes and innovation in our curriculum. All of these positive changes occurred in a turbulent era in UC Berkeley’s leadership and funding base, higher education and our nation.

I knew when I was hired that there would be a changing of the guard as a significant number of faculty were likely to retire. Our faculty size had declined significantly through the economic downturn, but it has been my great fortune to hire and mentor what is now a new majority of our senate faculty and field consultants. Our student body continues to become more diverse, with a majority now being underrepresented minorities. Our students are strong advocates and live by our motto of challenging conventional wisdom, often coming to Berkeley because of our history of social action. Of course, the original Free Speech Movement was a protest against the


campus administration, and that sometimes repeats itself in critiques of the dean and faculty. This is Berkeley and you have to love students’ willingness to speak truth to power.

to graduate world-class scholars from our PhD program who go on to be leaders in academia and government, proudly promoting UC Berkeley’s reputation around the world.



Our undergraduate social work program is dynamic and was ranked number one in the country by USA Today in both 2014 and 2016. I wish I were an undergraduate today because we’ve further enhanced our program by adding Berkeley Connect, a mentoring program for undergraduates that is led by a senior PhD student. Students rate our Berkeley Connect sections as the best on campus, and the program exists due the generosity of Catherine Hutto Gordon (BA ’73) and her family foundation. The MSW program saw a 50 percent increase in applications last year and returned to our historically high rankings by tying for third place in the 2017 US News & World Report rankings. An external review found our field program one of the strongest in the country, led by Greg Merrill and seven other field consultants. We continue to support the school social work certificate and have added two new graduate certificates, one focused on social work with Latinx communities and the other in aging services. We were also funded this year by the federal government to launch the Latinx Center of Excellence in support of mental-health social workers and scholars working in Latinx communities. The School’s faculty and staff have embarked on developing a new “flex-MSW” program that will admit an additional 60 MSW students a year. This will include both an advanced standing, one-year MSW option for students who have earned a BSW from an accredited program and a part-time, three-year option for those who — due to work, family or other obligations — are unable to enroll full-time. We expect the first expanded class in 2020, providing a much-needed boost to California’s fast-growing social welfare workforce. Our students are global citizens who travel the world each year, with a large group joining our summer Sin Fronteras program in Oaxaca, Mexico. They also continue holding the annual Social Justice Symposium and have founded CalARC (Cal Anti-Racism Coalition), which sponsors social justice events throughout the year with funding from anonymous donors. Our senate faculty, of which nine are new since 2011, continue to be ranked among the top group of scholars in social welfare. New research centers have been established on risk assessment, reproductive justice, health disparities and prevention. We have made great efforts to expand research opportunities and financial support for doctoral students so that each student receives a commitment of four years of full support to complete their studies. Through all of this we continue

photo: Dean Jeffrey Edleson with Berkeley Social Welfare undergrads

The unsung heroes in all of these accomplishments are our staff, led by Heidi Wagner and Bob Teague. They have overseen an almost total renewal of staff and reorganization of their functions as well as significant upgrades in student services, communications and Haviland Hall. The table in the dean’s office is the same one as when I was a student, but much else in Haviland Hall has changed. The continuing support of Marguerite (BA ’60) and Al Johnson allowed us to create a wonderful new community space in Haviland Commons. Their generosity also enabled us to collaborate with the University Libraries to renovate our historic Haviland Library, now the Social Research Library. Toni Rembe-Rock’s generosity and Mike Austin’s leadership helped create a wonderful outdoor classroom, event and study area that has been named Nathan Grove in memory of longtime Field Consultant and later Zellerbach Family Foundation Executive Director Ed Nathan. This year, for the first time in our history, the School will take possession of the entire Haviland Hall. With the continued support of the Johnsons, we are about to embark on moving the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) into Haviland, creating new student services offices as well as additional classroom and research spaces. We plan to eventually raise funds to renovate the third-floor atrium into a Center for Continuing Social Work Education.


We have such strong foundations on which each new dean and faculty build the next wave of change. Looking back to our origins among early women faculty at Berkeley, taking stock of where we are 75 years after becoming a School and looking forward, it is hard not to be optimistic about Berkeley Social Welfare’s future. Now, more than ever, our mission to address society’s grand challenges is critical to the future well-being of our society. •

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MICHAEL AUSTIN Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management

Berkeley Social Welfare Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management Michael J. Austin reached a key milestone in June 2017 when he officially transitioned to Professor of the Graduate School. One of the leading scholars in the field of human services management, Dr. Austin’s career spans more than five decades, with the last 25 years at the School. His earlier academic career includes tenures at the University of Pittsburgh, Florida State University, University of Washington, Seattle and as dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. Dr. Austin is as close to a lifetime Cal Bear as one can be, with a BA in political science and an MSW in Management and Planning. He returned to Haviland Hall in 1992 when he was appointed co-chair of the School’s MSW, Management and Planning (MAP) program, following the retirement of his mentor, Professor Emeritus Ralph Kramer. It was Dr. Austin’s first mentor, his mom, who was responsible for bringing the MAP program to his attention. “I would have never known about it if it wasn’t for my mother seeing an announcement in the Berkeley Gazette for a new master’s program in community organizing and administration at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare,” he recalls. “I was amazed to learn that there was a profession reflecting my social justice values.”



From that pivotal moment in 1964 when he joined the second graduating class of the MSW, Community Organizing and Administration concentration — which later became MAP and is now Strengthening Organizations and Communities (SOC) — to shepherding the program’s transition into the 21st century (including its 50th anniversary celebration in 2014), Dr. Austin has been a firsthand witness to MAP’s growth and development. As he transitions from his day-to-day responsibilities as a full-time professor, Dr. Austin reflected on his academic and professional journey, the future of social work macro practice and the “importance of recognizing those who work behind the scenes.” Tell us about the decision to transition into your new role. I strongly believe in the importance of making room for the next generation of scholars. To me, this means getting out of the way by helping to open up a tenure track faculty position and helping to insure the vitality of the macro practice program by providing access for the next generation of scholars. Reflecting back to the beginning of your career, how did you come to study community organizing and focus your research on nonprofit and public sector management? The [Community Organizing and Administration/MAP/SOC]

program turned out to be an ideal gateway for launching a social work career in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. I was entering the social work profession right in the middle of the War on Poverty, implementing President Kennedy’s mental health legislation and the development of the federal model cities programs. The demand to fill these jobs was immense.

our very talented MAP alum, Andrea Dubrow, agreed to join our faculty as the MAP field consultant and the training coordinator of the BASSC Executive Development Program.

After receiving my MSW, I went to work for the National Institute of Mental Health in its Denver regional office. This was beyond fortunate because it elevated me into a level of practice where my peers were 15 years ahead of me. They all had advanced degrees, and I started considering that option, too. Two years after finishing my masters, I entered the University of Pittsburgh PhD program where I met our colleague Neil Gilbert, who was completing his doctoral studies.

What will you miss most? I will really miss advising and teaching students. In particular, I enjoyed building my courses around the interests of students, including their questions about assessing the dynamics of groups, communities and organizations as well as the challenges they face in implementing programs and leading staff.

Upon graduation, I thought I would be heading in the policy direction in Washington, DC but also explored the many different academic job possibilities. In my lifelong efforts to combine practice and research, I’ve always seen myself as a social worker who happens to work at a university. Throughout my career, I have always had one foot off campus linked to practice with a focus on organizations, management and policy implementation. Not only has that been a way to infuse the classroom experience with current practice issues but it also enabled me to engage in agency-based practice research. Because I’m focused on the pragmatic, this bridging “town-gown” role provided the flexibility, adaptability and responsiveness that I thrive on. What are some of your proudest accomplishments? I spent many years on the editorial board of the Journal on Human Service Organizations. It was a great joy for me to become editor and have the chance to refocus the journal by bringing in a new generation of scholars to help steer it into the future. In addition, the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC), where I serve as staff director, recently marked its 30th anniversary. The BASSC think tank of county human service directors, deans and director, and foundation representatives has been a pioneering venue for promoting practice research, executive development, and studies of policy implementation. The receipt of the Mack Family endowment in 2006 allowed me to expand our work with a consortium of Bay Area nonprofit human service agency directors. One of my biggest sources of satisfaction in the last 10 years has been recruiting people like Sarah Carnochan into the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services as its research director. A graduate of our Management and Planning, MSW and PhD programs, she is not only extremely talented but also a research partner who shared my hope and vision for closing the gap between research and practice. I also feel very proud that

For me, it’s been a privilege to be a part of our School and to wake up every morning getting paid to do the work that I love. It’s been astounding.

What is your hope for the School and the MAP program as you move on? Our MAP alumni are middle and senior managers in large and small public and nonprofit agencies. Programs like ours prepare students to work in low-income communities, learn how to manage agencies and engage in public-policy change — these elements have always been part of social work practice. My hope is that the School will continue to support the MAP program since macro practice skills are essential to strengthening communities and organizations. I also hope that MAP alums will stay connected to the School through their networking breakfasts, serving as fieldwork supervisors and becoming donors by giving forward. What are your thoughts as you reflect back on the past five decades and begin the next phase? One aspect of academic careers is the importance of recognizing those who work behind the scenes. A huge part of my success has been my wife Susan, and not just her support, but her willingness to move back and forth across the country. While I have greatly benefitted from the assistance of staff members in the School, I want to acknowledge the many years of support provided by Lorretta Morales, Heidi Wagner, Carol Rhodes, Bob Teague, Mia Reiser, Jim Steele, and Lia Swindle. There’s a lot of discussion in the School right now about privilege and what it means for people in a society who are benefitting from it. I think I have benefitted immensely from this School. I am filled with gratitude for my student experiences and the opportunity to return as a faculty member. I hope that I have played a meaningful role in the education of future practitioners and as one of the builders of the knowledge base of our social work profession. •

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ANDREW SCHARLACH Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging

With a distinguished and productive career spanning 35 years under his belt, Professor Andrew Scharlach has decided to retire at the end of this spring semester. As Berkeley Social Welfare’s inaugural and sole Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging, the founder of the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services (CASAS) and the author and co-author of more than 75 articles and books, Dr. Scharlach’s life work has been dedicated to exploring — and encouraging students to discover new ways to approach — improving the health and well-being of older adults and their families and promoting aging-friendly communities. Now, after decades of dedicating himself to understanding how communities can best support its senior population through life transitions, Dr. Scharlach has shared his thoughts about his own major milestones, including his foray into gerontological social work, plans for his upcoming new life phase and his great hope that society begin to reevaluate its view of the aging process by thinking of elders “as people — not defined by their age, but defined by who they have been and who they continue to be in the world.”



Tell us about your decision to retire. My colleague [School of Public Health Professor] Bill Satariano died just six months ago, and that was significant. He came to the campus about the same time, did very similar kinds of work and was a good friend. I, in turn, have looked at where I am in my life course. If I knew I was going to live another 30 years, I might stick around longer — but you never know. I also haven’t been able to find a way to balance being a professor and having as full a life in other areas that are important to me. There’s a lot of other parts of myself that, when I was younger, I was exploring and nurturing. I need to create time and space for that. The other thing is that I can retire, thanks to the University’s defined pension plan. That’s really a privileged position, which I recognize and am fortunate to be in. Reflect back to the very beginning of your career. How did you come to focus on the fields of gerontology and aging services? There’s the obligatory, “I was close to my grandmother,”

which was true. In my twenties, I’d pick up my grandmother in San Francisco and we’d go for rides together and talk. That was important. It really crystallized when I was in my MSW program at Boston University. I was planning on working with teenagers and young adults. But the people I was hanging around with were most interested in exploring the meaning of life and developing a sense of adulthood. Those types of questions [were being investigated] in the aging track. From there I fell under the influence of a mentor, [the late Boston University Professor Emeritus] Lou Lowy, who was in many ways the creator of gerontological social work in the United States. The other notable thing happened after getting my MSW. A friend of mine asked me to work with him on a temporary basis at a home for the aging. I didn’t want to work in a nursing home, but it was part time, and I thought I might learn something new. I have a real visual memory of sitting with one of the residents, talking with him about some of his issues and realizing that 50 or 60 years earlier, he might have been me. And then, playing it forward, I realized 50 or 60 years hence, I could be him. It was this real sense of transcending age differences. I could see people through the course of their lives; that they were more than just an old-person stereotype. That understanding gave me a lot of gratification. What are you proudest of in your career? I’m proudest of the extent to which I’ve tried and been successful in stimulating new ways of thinking in students; creating space for them, and hopefully challenging them, to think outside of the box; to inspire them to think of aging in new ways as well as to think of themselves as social workers in different ways; to take more than just skills, but questions, with them that last a long time, if not their entire careers. I’m proud of the number of students who still think positively of me and with whom I have good relationships. The fact that a number of them are working to create a fellowship in my name is amazing. (See the link for the Berkeley Social Welfare Andrew E. Scharlach Fellowship in Gerontology below.) In my work, I’ve tried to study and examine ways of involving older adults and new ways of being, including developing programs that engage older adults as resources, not simply as service recipients. I hope that I’ve inspired thinking about the physical and social contexts within which people live, the influence of communities and how to create changes that create possibilities for people, rather than treating them as objects or needs to fill. What will you miss most? The students. We have the world’s best students — so bright, dedicated and willing to question. They really push and inspire one another and us, and they challenge us to get outside of our comfort zones.

I will also miss my colleagues and being part of this great University, with its public mission and active contributions to knowledge and to society. I will miss trying to make the world a better place and improving the lives of older adults. What is your hope for the School and the Aging Services program as you move on? We are moving to a new curriculum/specialization model, where we can integrate aging, health, mental health — the whole variety of issues that adults face — and approach aging as an ongoing process that is critical to our understanding of people. There are mental health settings that serve many older adults but don’t seem to understand how aging figures into their work. We also have the aging services-focused people, who tend to be more practical and concrete on health but do not have as deep an understanding of mental health. I want that to change. I want health, mental health and aging to be relevant for our students, so they can gain perspective and experience that reflects the intersectionality of those issues. I’m excited about the School’s new Certificate in Aging. It will provide a mechanism for many of our students to learn about aging and to develop competence for intergration into their work in mental health or other areas. And I’m honestly excited about someone new coming in to take the program to new places by building on the work that I, and people before me, have done. Mary O’Day was a field consultant here, and she really created the aging program. I am the inheritor of her work. It was 50 years ago when she launched a focus on aging at the School of Social Welfare. We will be celebrating this 5oth anniversary as well as my contributions to the aging program at a reception at the Aging in America Conference. (See insert below for information.) Lastly, my hope is the School keeps pushing our communities to move beyond stereotypes — racial, gender or age. I would like people to consider their own ageism because there are stereotypes that are unhelpful and unchallenged. I hope people reflect on the hidden ageism and microaggressions that persist. •


A celebration of Professor Andrew Scharlach’s career and 50 years of gerontology at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare Downtown San Francisco Senior Center March 27, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm RSVP required:

To make a gift to the Andrew E. Scharlach Fellowship in Gerontology, visit

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Field Consultant, Lecturer and Title IV-E Project Coordinator Perhaps Berkeley Social Welfare Field Consultant Cathy Ralph was destined to bookend her long and productive career at her alma mater, starting when the School of Social Welfare’s legendary dean, Harry Specht, personally selected her — fresh out of the MSW program in 1977 — to help lead the revived Social Welfare Alumni Association (SWAA). Ralph served as an officer in the organization for six years and went on to spend 16 years working in the public child welfare sector, with Dean Specht all the while keeping her in mind for a place at the School. A Title IV-E coordinator opening in the MSW program eventually presented itelf, though Ralph, invited to apply, ultimately lost out to another beloved Berkeley Social Welfare stalwart, Anne Ageson. “Harry broke the news to me and said there will be other opportunities,” recalls Ralph. “Within a year or two, there was one, and that’s when I came.” That fateful hiring as a lecturer and field consultant took place 25 years ago, and in 2007, the same IV-E coordinator position that Ralph originally missed out on was added to her role. Ralph says that the special milestone anniversary, along with Berkeley Social Welfare’s own 75th birthday, seemed like the perfect time for her to close out this longterm career phase. As she transitions into retirement, Ralph shares her thoughts about the expansiveness of the Title IV-E program, the beauty of the Berkeley campus and plans for sleep (some) and social justice (lots). What are you proudest of in your career? There have been about 400 lovely UC Berkeley Title IV-E students that have come through the program in the past 25 years, and I was a teacher or field consultant to almost all of them. When I look at the whole IV-E alumni list, I can put a face to everyone’s name — and that is pretty cool. A lot of



them, even some from the very first class, are still going at it. What will you miss most? Coming to the Berkeley campus! I’m going to have to find other means of doing that, whether it’s in an advisory role or cultural, like the Botanical Gardens or the Pacific Film Archive. Those are things I’ve had to ignore because I didn’t have time, but now I might actually be able to visit them. And you know what I will miss? My little balcony [outside of my third-floor office in Haviland Hall]. I have a view of a big spruce tree, and my office feels like it’s in old Berkeley, out in the countryside. What are you most looking forward to in retirement? Anne Ageson said for the first two months after she retired she just slept. I’ll get some sleep, but I don’t think it will be as long as two months. I will be organizing a long list of projects, including some social justice activism that needs to happen in my neighborhood. There’s also an organization in my town called Unity in the Community, and I’ll be working with them. What are your hopes for the future of Berkeley Social Welfare’s Title IV-E program? It is a warm handoff because [Berkeley Social Welfare Field Consultant] Christina Feliciana has agreed to take the job, which is perfect. She herself is a IV-E graduate, and all the students are excited. They know and love her, and there’s some continuity for them. I also love that it’s a different kind of energy that Christina brings to the position. She will be very conscientious about how this goes forward, which leaves me in a peaceful place. I’m so relieved somebody who is that good will be taking care of the IV-E students. •

HAVILAND BRIEFS FACULTY NOTES Associate Professor Adrian Aguilera’s latest articles have been published in the journals JMIR mHealth, uHealth, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and Journal of Technology in Human Services. Additionally, the grant period for his Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded project, “Improving Diabetes and Depression Self-management Via Adaptive Mobile Messaging,” started last September. Assistant Professor Yu-Ling Chang delivered presentations at the most recent Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management conference, including her talks on “Social Protection for Workers in the US: Exploring State Unemployment Approaches before and after the Great Recession” and “Multiple Program Participation and Long-Term Employment and Earnings Trajectories among SingleMother Families.” Professor Jill Duerr Berrick’s The Impossible Imperative: Navigating the Competing Principles of Child Protection, was published by Oxford University Press this past fall. Dr. Berrick has participated in several presentations about the book, which features the first-hand accounts of child welfare professionals, the work they do in protecting vulnerable children and the competing principles that shape their day-to-day decisions. Her talks include Sacramento’s UC Center, attended by state legislative staff and interested community members; a book launch event in October in Haviland Hall’s Social Research Library that featured most of the 15 book contributors; and a presentation at the University of Bergen in Norway, where Dr. Berrick began a joint appointment in July. Professor Julian Chow has made several research presentations in Asia and the US since last summer, including talks to senior administrators of public and nonprofit social service agencies in Harbin Engineering University, Heilongjiang, China; a public lecture at Nankai University in Tianjin, China; a workshop for the Eden Social Welfare Foundation in Taipei, Taiwan; a seminar on program evaluation at the Harvard SEED for Social Innovation in Boston; and a paper presentation at a special workshop held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Chow also chaired a panel discussion and moderated a dialogue session at the World Philanthropy Forum in Beijing, China, where several former visiting scholars from Beijing joined him. Additionally he and Guizhou Berkeley Big Data Innovation Research Center (GBIC) team members Andy Scharlach, Susan Stone, David Lindeman, Marla Stuart and Angela Tianan Gu, along with a delegation from Berkeley, convened a first-time ever, one-day forum titled, “Improving the Well-being of Children and Aging through Big Data,” at the International Big Data Expo in Guiyang, China in May. Dean and Professor Jeffrey Edleson is the recipient of the Journal of Public Child Welfare’s Article of the Year Award for his coauthored article, “The Relationship Between Child Maltreatment, Intimate Partner Violence Exposure, and Academic Performance.”

He was also appointed to serve on the expert panel for the NASW Policy on Parental Kidnapping. As part of the policy revision panel, Dr. Edleson worked to update the policy statement published in Social Work Speaks: Policy Statements of the National Association of Social Workers. Oxford University Press has published the fourth edition of Professor of the Graduate School Eileen Gambrill’s book, Critical Thinking for Helping Professionals: A Skills Based Workbook. Dr. Gambrill’s article, “Avoidable ignorance and the ethics of risk in child welfare,” was also published in the Journal of Social Work Practice. Professor Neil Gilbert presented the keynote address at the International Conference on Current Issues in Family Policy in Malaga University. He also delivered a lecture as part of a summer program co-sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, OECD and the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris. In October, he co-chaired the fourth annual meeting of the International Network for Social Policy Teaching and Research at the University of Lisbon. Assistant Professor Anu Manchikanti Gómez was presented the Outstanding Young Professional Award by the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Population, Sexual and Reproductive Health section. The award honors “individuals who deserve recognition early in their careers because of their professional accomplishments, initiative and dedication to the field, especially to the work of the section.” She also was named one of the 2017 award recipients of “120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders.” The three-year program annually honors 40 reproductive health and family planning leaders, service providers, researchers and advocates throughout the globe. Dr. Gómez’s latest articles have been published in the journals Contraception, Critical Public Health, Psychological Medicine, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health Issues. Additionally, her peer-reviewed research letter, “Availability of Pharmacist-Prescribed Contraception in California, 2017” was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Professor of the Graduate School Jim Midgley’s co-edited book, Social Investment and Social Welfare: International and Critical Perspectives, was published by Edward Elgar in the UK. The publication is a collection of original chapters on social investment in countries — including Australia, Brazil, China (and Hong Kong), India, Norway, Singapore, ​South Africa and the US — that aims to enhance the rapidly growing literature on social investment in the European welfare states. Dr. Midgley also presented the keynote address at the Global Inequality Conference, organized by the College of Arts and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, St. Louis. Professor Kurt Organista is the recipient of the 2017-18 Leon A. Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service, which is awarded annually by UC Berkeley’s Commitee of Diversity, Equity and

Campus Climate (DECC). The Henkin Citation recognizes current or retired Berkeley faculty “whose career have been marked by a sustained effort to increase the academic success of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in academic disciplines.” In response to receiving the award, Dr. Organista noted, “Latino students in social welfare and across campus hunger for guidance with Latino scholarship and to see themselves in the academy. It is an honor to do my part to address these important needs.” He will be presented his citation at an Academic Senate recognition event in May. Professor Andrew Scharlach gave invited presentations to faculty and students in the Institute of Public Health and the School of Nursing at Yang-Ming National University in Taipei, Taiwan in December, also meeting with key leaders in Taiwan’s national Age-Friendly City program and directors of major communitybased health and social care models for older adults. Dr. Scharlach discussed his findings with the director of Taiwan’s Department of Health Promotion Administration, which oversees national efforts to develop healthy cities and age-friendly communities. Assistant Professor Valerie Shapiro has co-published articles with co-first author Paul LeBuffe in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology as well as with Berkeley Social Welfare PhD student Margaret Mary Downey in the Journal of Social Work Education. Dr. Shapiro was also an invited participant at Facebook’s “Connecting Communities of Courage Summit,” designed to yield actionable practice strategies and policy recommendations focused on sustainable solutions to increase engagement and promote safe school communities for all. Professor Jennifer Skeem and colleagues published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – Psychiatry highlighting the promising effects of specialty mental health probation on reducing mass incarceration for people with mental illness.


Field Consultant Robert Ayasse was elected president of the California Association of School Social Workers. He will serve a three-year term. Led by the efforts of Field Consultant Susana Fong, Berkeley Social Welfare and Hong Kong Polytechnic University embarked on its third year of the MSW Summer Field Education Internship Program. Each year, the 10-week long exchange internship program sends two students from each university for placement at local agencies. Students partake in intensive assignments and weekly clinical supervision to deepen their learning, but are also able to carve out time to enjoy and experience local culture. Both sets of students were able to grasp the importance of cultural humility in working with clients and colleagues from similar ethnic background yet different cultural world views. “It was a pleasure to see how the students grow and expand their own world view within the compacted timeframe,” notes Fong. Director of Field Education Greg Merrill was appointed to serve on



the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on Field Education (COFE), which provides input to the Commission on Educational Policy that shapes accreditation standards for the future. His threeyear term began July 1, 2017. Last fall, Merrill and Field Consultant Jennifer Jackson presented the 2017 Field Instructor of the Year Award to Ilene Yasemsky (MSW ’81) of Telecare’s Willow Rock Center, an adolescent inpatient psychiatry unit. The Berkeley Social Welfare alumna has mentored MSW students for more than 20 years. Merrill notes she is “known for her strong clinical acumen for working with adolescents and their families, for being a persistent advocate for children and families, for designing a strong conceptual model of care (trauma-informed, relational) and for providing exceptional guidance and mentorship to MSW students during their internship year and beyond.”

STAFF NOTES After 16 years of dedicated service and several roles at Berkeley Social Welfare, Administrative Officer Carol Rhodes retired. Her last day on duty was February 28, 2018.

STUDENT NOTES Doctoral student Walter Gómez’s paper, “Optimizing Contingency Management With Methamphetamine-Using Men Who Have Sex With Men,” was published in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. Last fall, MSW students Iris Lin and Melody Sit were awarded NASW-California’s Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship, which recognizes bilingual social work students dedicated to advancing the profession in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. ​ SW student Kate Mallula M is one of two recipients of the 2017 Student Research Award, established by

CalSWEC’s Research and Development (R&D) Committee in conjunction with the California Association of Deans and Directors (CADD). “It would not have been possible to do this work without the members of my committee, my mentors and colleagues at Homeless Prenatal Program and the consistent support of everyone in the concurrent MPH/MSW program,” stated Mallula. “Completing this research in conjunction with direct service for my field placement was, by far, the most challenging, fulfilling, engaging and enlightening aspect of my graduate school experience.” Mallula received the award in recognition of her paper, “Pregnant, housed — but barely: The association between residential instability and low birth weight among a cohort of pregnant women in San Francisco.”

PhD student Katie Savin has developed the research working group Nixle Accountability and Research Committee (NARC). Comprised of social welfare undergraduate, MSW and doctoral students, the group edited and released a video on social media about the “impacts of the campus’ Nixle alerts on students, especially those who are most commonly represented in the suspect descriptions.” NARC presented its original research at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference in January.

Social welfare major Jocelyn Panfilo is a recipient of the prestigious 2017-18 Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award, which recognizes and supports Cal student leaders with meritbased scholarships.

Doctoral candidate Marla Stuart was selected as a Moore/Sloan Data Science Fellow with the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, a central hub of research and education at UC Berkeley designed to facilitate and nurture data-intensive science. This is a two-year appointment that complements her research as a fellow with Berkeley Social Welfare’s Guizhou Berkeley Big Data Innovation Research Center (GBIC).

Doctoral student Josué Meléndez Rodríguez was selected as the qualitative research lead for UC Berkeley D-Lab.

Social welfare undergraduate Matthew Smith was elected president of the Cal Veterans Group, where he serves as the face of all veterans at UC Berkeley.

D efining Excellence New Latinx Center of Excellence established to support social welfare students and faculty interested in mental and behavioral health With funding from a $3.4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Berkeley Social Welfare has established the new Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE). Proposed center activities include developing pipeline strategies to increase Latinx student interest in behavioral/mental health, stipends and field placements for Latinx MSW students, academic support and student-initiated research as well as planning for the recruitment, retention and promotion of Latinx faculty. As part of the latter, a post-doctoral fellow in Latinx behavioral/ mental health will be recruited, trained and provided opportunities to teach and conduct research in order to increase their competitiveness for faculty consideration. The HRSA grant covers a five-year period beginning July 1, 2017. Longtime Berkeley Social Welfare Field Consultant Luna Calderon has been tapped as LCOE director, and alumna Lissette Flores (BA ’95) is serving as program manager. LCOE honored its first cohort of stipend recipients in a special ceremony last January. Comprising 20 students in their first or second year of the MSW program, the awardees were selected for their demonstrated passion and experience serving Latinx communities; motivation to provide behavioral healthcare in various settings; and bilingualism in Spanish.

The stipend program is a major part of the LCOE’s multi-faceted approach to its mission of “addressing the relative paucity of Latinx/Hispanic students in social welfare at the graduate level” as well as meeting the pressing demand for “culturallycompetent, bilingual/bicultural social workers to serve Latinx clients with health and behavioral/ mental health needs.” The 2017-18 stipend recipients — whose field placements focus on service to Latinx communities throughout the Bay Area— are MSW students Evelyn Aguiar, Sinead Aguilar Miramontes, Sylvia Bracamonte, Sara Briseno, Mayra Cazares, Marilyn de la Cruz, Paola Escobedo, Jenhi Garcia, Cristina Gomez-Vidal, Omar Alan Gutierrez Pimental, Alicia Landman, Edwin Lopez, Karina

Lopez, Marlene Meza, Emma Rodbro, Allison Rodriguez, Brandon Ruvalcaba, Roberto Santiago, Ana-Alicia Solis and Karina Sweitzer. In addition to Calderon and Flores, Berkeley Social Welfare faculty and LCOE mentors Adrian Aguilera and Kurt Organista were in attendance. Each MSW first-year awardee receives $8,000 and each MSW second-year awardee receives $10,000. Berkeley Social Welfare is proud to congratulate the inaugural class of LCOE stipend recipients.



The Honor Roll lists donors who contributed in July 2016 to December 2017, with the following representing gifts made to Berkeley Social Welfare during the period. (See Dean’s Leadership Circle for gifts of $500+.) We apologize for any inadvertent omissions or other errors and ask that you contact with any questions. Berkeley Social Welfare is grateful for your support. Anonymous (5) Cynthia D. and Herzel Aboody Iris O. Acosta Remia J. Adams Adrian Aguilera Laverne Murillo Aguirre-Parmley Patricia Aguirre Evana Ahsan Minor Dalila Ahumada Hazel M. Ahumada Opeyemi M. Ajimatanrareje Joan Spencer Alderson Donald L. and Kathleen H. Allan Lorelei A. Alvarez Barbara Anderson Jamila S. Anderson B Nobantu A. Ankoanda and Peter C. Nwokolo Evelyn L. and Robert Z. Apte Kathleen E. Archibald Michael I. Armijo Keith R. Armstrong Rhonda L. Armstrong Randy L. and Katie G. Arthur Stephanie K. Auerbach Patricia Avila-Garcia Evelyn F. Balancio Gloria Balderas Janine A. Balistreri Margaret Balk Elizabeth Hook Bange Stephen M. Banuelos Marion L. and Avigdor Bar-Din Sharon L. Barnes Marilyn Shuman Barnett and James K. Barnett Ryan J. Barrett Constance L. Battisti Erica B. Baum Michelle Baumgartner Gloria J. Baxter Myra L. Baxter Marilyn K. Benson Benjamin J. Berres Lynn J. Besser Evelyn L. and Behram H. Bharucha Cheryl Baker Bibelheimer and Gerald H. Bibelheimer Kimberly D. Bird Nancy Brigham Blattel and Kevin P. Blattel Nell Bly Carol A. Bohnsack Arlene L. Boyd Evelyn Chituni Boyd Ann Brady Heather M. and Charles Brankman Mary K. Branom Rachel A. Bregman Ann C. Brewer Lauren Britt Margot A. Broaddus


Iris E. Brooks Joseph F. Brooks Emily L. Brosius David N. and Annette Brown John F. Brown Jr. Sarah A. Brown Tamara S. and Christopher A. Brown Ruth W. Brunings David A. and Beth Bubis Mary H. Burkhart Frank R. and Renee M. Bush Jessica E. Bychawski Atheena C. Cabiness Karen Yap Cahill and Patrick W. Cahill Christopher Cajski Luna H. Calderon Maximiliano and Patricia K. Camarillo Stephanie L. Camoroda John J. Capuchino Jeffrey W. Carlson Jill D. Carlson and William C. Calhoun Lolita P. Castillo Shari and Pedro Castro Santos Rebeca R. Chagollan Nikki A. Chamblee Kenneth and Maisy Chan Romiel V. Chand An An Chang Eveline Chang Mark A. Charns Beatrice V. Chavez Elisa Baranski Chiu and Peter Y. Chiu Kay Young Choi and Bong Y. Choi Namkee G. and Chong C. Choi Nancy Lee Chong and Wallace F. Chong Jr. Colleen Clark Nancy L. Claypool Sasha W. Clayton Juan C. Coca Cynthia Nunes Colbert Carolyn Lum Cole and Casey S. Cole Derrick G. and Judith Collins Shirley Thrower Cook and Rudolph E. Cook Connie Murphy Craig and David C. Craig Cathy Jo Cress and Lewis D. Peterson Jr. Stephanie Cuccaro-Alamin Barbara Byrd Cullinane and Patrick C. Cullinane James A. Cunniff Joseph A. Cutler Vrinda M. and Oswald D. D’Sa Roger W. Daniels and Gregory S. Merrill Anna T. Darzins Margit R. David Martha L. Davis Bernard Davitto Diane De Anda and Donald Fast Lissette Deleon Walasse Der Nicole Desjardins


Leslie S. Dietterick Francesca Dinglasan and Jon Thorpe Emi Dip Lisa R. Dipko Ana Djapovic Scholl Kathy C. Doan Jana C. and Nii Dodoo Lolita Gordon Doppelt-Dixon and John E. Dixon Hailey M. Drangsholt Diane Arnold Driver Iain A. Drummond Andrea I. Dubrow and Paul S. Buddenhagen Laura A. Ducharme Diane Fitzgibbon Dugard and Thomas F. Dugard Maureen M. Dunn Karen M. Eagan Satomi Fujinaga Edelhofer and Ferdinand Edelhofer Jeffrey L. Edleson and Sudha Shetty Susan E. Edwards William A. Emerson Jr. and Dianne N. Emerson Patricia M. Engel Jill T. Enomoto Edward F. and Tracey Y. Enriquez Jacqueline London Ensign Gregory D. Erickson Elena V. Espalin Markus Exel Tomiko Eya Kristin Wolcott Farese and James P. Farese Nancy Farwell Lynn Friss Feinberg Judith N. and Donald S. Feiner Rebecca M. Feiner and Jon E. Engelskirger David M. Feldstein Christina Feliciana and Chris Chan Elena Fernandez Nancy J. Fey Leslie Jue Fields Marcus J. Fields John Finzel Paula L. Flamm and Ernest R. Dietze Lillian G. and Stewart Fong Matthew and Yee-Ling Fong Stephanie Y. Fong Wilmer Fong Janet P. Ford Stephanie N. Ford Gwendolyn Foster Risa Brody Foster and John D. Foster Martha H. Frank Karie M. Frasch Elizabeth A. Freitas Ernest S. Fried Gabrielle Fuchs Peter K. Gaarn and Nancy L. Port-Gaarn Shifra P. Gaman Brittany L. Ganguly

Susan A. Garbuio and William B. Nern Jr. Lisa P. Garcia Marta L. Gilbert Mary R. Gillon Elizabeth Gilman Harry G. and Ann L. Gin Rachelle P. Goldenberg Anupama Gomez L. Christina Gonzalez Mary-Lee C. Goodrich Steven M. and Donna L. Gothelf David E. Gough Gloria Gonzales Grace and Alfonso Grace Jr. Dorothy Graham Jaclyn N. Grant James A. Grant Janice Glesser Green and Robert L. Green Caitlin E. and Ryan J. Greenberg Erica Greve Maureen P. Grinnell Nadia Grosfoguel-Mejia Nancy L. Grover Jing Guo Elena J. Gustafson Kristen A. and Jan E. Gustavson Thanh Ha Sara A. Haj-Hassan Monique M. Hamilton Meekyung Han Soo-Hee S. Han Tal Harari Diane Rosasco Hart and Charles P. Hart Jr. Mark W. Hartsock Micah O. Hasegawa Nina H. Hausman Afton Hencky Jean T. Henkels-Lee Joslin Kimball Herberich Sandhya Hermon Golda M. Hernandez Jessica S. Hernandez Maria E. Hernandez Monica M. Hernandez Virginia R. Hernandez Charlotte J. Herzfeld Lucille R. Hesse and James E. Gebhardt Marjorie Heumann Christina R. Higgins Carol Highland-Fritz Ruth C. and Gareth S. Hill Dennis Ho Asher B. Hodes Kim T. Hoffman David L. and Maria Hollands Sharon Ruff Hope Frances L. Hornstein Lucy H. and Baldwin P. Hsu Joanne De Masi Huddleston and Robert A. Huddleston Lisa M. Huet Mary H. Hulme

Andrea M. Hurley Mary Sue Ittner and Robert A. Rutemoeller Chidi Iwuoma Jennifer Jackson William A. and Nancy W. Jackson Susan Jacquet Phyllis I. Jeroslow Jesse N. Jones Linda V. Jue Leah Kaizer and David E. Salk Nancy Kerr-Schifrin and Benjamin Schifrin Erin M. Kerrison Anira Khlok Mikyong Kim-Goh and Francis Goh Jason C. Kimbrough Kim Klein Gayle Kleinman and John Ngo Erika Klemperer Britta Kolb Coughlin and Alex T. Coughlin Janet Dere Komoto and Robert Komoto Christiane A. Kropp Philip S. Kubota David J. and Florence B. Kuhns Jamie Kupperman Evelyn M. La Torre Louis E. Labat Emily N. Lagerquist Karla F. Lagunas Luis Larios Arthur C. and Dorothy N. Lathan Annette G. Lazzarotto Elaine L. Lebowitz Michael Lee Pauline Lee Rufina J. Lee and David Reiss Theresa M. Lee Vinita Lee Megan Lehmer Melissa Leiva Joan M. Lemler Elizabeth Lester Bernice Leung David L. Levin Jacqueline Levin Judith M. Levin and Barry H. Epstein Judy Levine Sylvia and Seymour Levitan Lawrence H. Liese Jessica Light Cynthia Lim and Perry Landsberg Gordon E. Limb Leslee S. and Laurence R. Lipstone Annika J. Livingston Sarah Barr Llewellyn and Thomas L. Llewellyn Cary Lo Donna J. Lohmann and Christopher H. Barker Vincent H. Lui Rodger Lum Sarah A. Lusardi Rosa Lutrario Terrie A. Lyons Carlene M. MacDonald Valerie M. Macy-Hurley and Ryan E. Hurley John J. Magruder Ruth S. and Edward A. Maionchi Angelina B. Maiorca Alexandra Gleeson Maravilla Michael H. and Eden A. Marchant Ellen Mark Erika R. Mark Susanna Marshland Amanda R. Martin Cynthia A. Martin Anita Martinez and John J. Rodelo Katherine L. Mason Nancy G. Masters and Paul M. Cohen Coralie Chun Matayoshi and Ronald F. Matayoshi

Joshua L. May Kathleen J. McConnell Rhea M. McCormack Elizabeth A. McCoy Matthew J. and Michelle E. McGinley Molly E. McGrath and Mark R. Thibedeau Catherine E. McKenzie Debora McManus Michelle K. McNerney Tejdeep Mehrok Patricia M. Melenudo Joseph R. Merighi Anita K. Merrell Weldon D. Miles Kristen L. Miller Christina E. Miyawaki Patricia E. Monahan Evelyn R. and Raymond P. Monson Richard A. Montantes Miguel and Yvonne D. Montiel Janet Moon Megan Moore Lorretta P. Morales Xavier Michel C. Morales Emiko Moran Charles L. Morris Glenna L. Mote Yates Jean Y. Moy Margaret Mullen Anna-Maria Munoz Robert P. Muntz Catherine A. Murray John K. Murray Randall R. and Shirley Myers Joanne S. Nagano and Thomas Lansner Lorena Naseyowma Nancy Ann Nelson and James F. McNamara Sandy E. Ngo Molly Yim Nicholls and Carl A. Nicholls Kristine Kwan Nishi and Carl R. Nishi Judith L. Norton and William R. Leckonby William B. Nowell Jennifer T. Nozawa Thabani Nyoni Christina L. O’Halloran Caroline W. and Francis S. Oda Greta C. Oducayen and Rafael A. Ongkeko Julee E. Ogawa Ellen F. Olshansky Jennifer R. Olwell Ricardo Orellana Pamela B. and Kurt C. Organista Evelyn J. Owens Jonathan Pannor Ruth Paris Karin H. Patterson Patricia F. Paul Arthur J. Paull and Susan T. Ten Bosch William J. Pavao and Cathy Creswell Robin K. and Charles Payne Julie L. Peck Kylie O. Pedersen Catherine Tassone Penso and Bruce C. Penso Ernestina and Jose Peregrino Andy Peterson Nancy McKay Peterson Anne Linde Petty Richard X. and Carmen A. Ponce Sarah J. Porzucki Judith A. and Gerald L. Potter Marie W. Powell Irma Branch Pryor Laura M. Pullen Maria L. Quintanilla Julie R. Quon Peter T. and Rachael E. Radu Rachel Radu Charlotte A. Ranallo

Latoya B. Reed Leah D. Reider Anne M. Retamal Rosemary Reynolds Clifton A. and Mary J. Rhodes Sherry J. Riney Karen Ringuette Claudia Rios Suzanne M. Rivera and Michael Householder Dennis J. Romano Jenifer Romero and Raymond Jeanloz Jessica B. Romm Burt D. Romotsky Deborah C. Rosenberg Susan F. Rosenthal Myrna L. Rudman and Gary Ziegenfuss William M. Runyan Catherine R. Russo Gilbert D. Saenz Muong C. Saeteurn Steven M. Salomon Susan K. Sanders Lucina Sandoval Peter J. Sardelich Drina Gale V. Sarsoza Jennie R. Schacht Jonathan R. Schiesel Jessica L. Schild Denise Schiller Tessa E. Schussler Carolyn H. Schwarz Melanie J. Scott Michiko S. Scott Gay Searcy and Peter Langhoff Nan M. Senzaki Katrina Sesline Valerie B. Shapiro Peg Shemaria-Hedman John K. Shen Adrian M. Shih Carolyn Shin Sharon and Ivan I. Shin Henry B. and Delfina Shoane William J. and Susan Shryer Diane M. and Samuel R. Sidd-Champion Shyamala and Sridhar Sikha Saundra Silliman Brian P. and Melva M. Simmons Chelsea W. Simms Linda K. Sin Rachel A. Sklar Alison Yip Skubic and Michael A. Skubic Birute L. Skurdenis Annette R. Smith Jennifer A. Smith Matthew S. Smith Vikki and Robert Smyth Alana M. Snyder Mary E. Solis Rosa M. Solorzano Laurie A. Soman Sylvia N. Soos Irene S. Soriano Gail I. Splaver James M. Stark Martha W. Stebbins and Robert Stebbins Joshua L. Steinmetz Mary Alice Stevenson and Walter W. Stevenson Kerry M. Stimpson Elizabeth A. Stone Susan I. Stone Ellen Strunin Marla J. and Peter J. Stuart Jennifer R. Stucker Srinivasan Subramanian Karen G. Sullivan and Mark J. Provda Sally A. and Neill J. Sullivan

Shirley M. Summers Michael K. Suzuki Karina Sweitzer Lia Swindle Christine A. and Timothy F. Taich Elizabeth Y. Taing Wing Y. Tam Marianne Zerweck Tanner Judith L. Tanter Grace R. Telcs and Scott G. Siera Emerald W. Templeton Paul L. and Kathy B. Terrell Matthew T. Theriot Patricia R. Thomas Suzanne E. Thompson Talford J. Thompson Kamilla Tien Richard Y. Tjoa Lenda L. Townsend-Williams and David Mullens Kimberley Traversi Carol J. Trust Maxine H. and Kenneth C. Tucker Chelsea Tuomi Tran K. Tuyet Andrew R. Ulvang Tara A. Umemoto Amaka C. Unaka Grant J. Ute and Janice Y. Cantu Dawn D. Valadez Amy M. Van Leeuwen Faranak Ghaffari Van Patten Margaret E. and Donald E. Vanderkar Mai Nhia Vang Radiana T. and Earl Vasconcellos Christine M. Velez Elbert C. Vickland Mayra J. Villalta Abigail E. Vincent Janet M. Vinciguerra Richard S. and Phyllis Vohs Sarah Volk Marian Voytek Holly Danforth Vugia and Duc J. Vugia Heidi Wagner Susan W. and Donn Warshow Audrey H. Webb Daniel L. Webster Constance M. and Stanley J. Weisner Susan E. Werner Sandra R. Wexler Wendy L. Wiegmann Nessa Lerner Wilk and Robert Wilk Alice E. Wilkins Johnny L. Williams Helene I. Winkler James C. Wogan Elizabeth H. Wong Esther Wong Allan W. Wood George W. Woods Lauren A. Worthington Elizabeth A. Wroughton Hongjing Yan and Duanyang Diao Ellen J. Yasumura and Kent K. Young Gary C. and Ruth E. Yeatts Winnie and Philip Yeung Phillip C. Yim Hyesuk and Alireza Zahedian Kathleen Zalecki Michelle M. Zamora Crystal Zhang Fang Zhao Kelly L. Ziemer Charlotte Perlman Zilversmit Allison L. Zippay Maria E. Zuniga

honor roll The DEAN’S LEADERSHIP CIRCLE is comprised of distinguished donors who have made an annual leadership gift of $500 or more between July 2016 - December 2017 in support of the dean’s vision of access and excellence in social work education.

dean’s leadership CIRCLE Anne-Therese Ageson and John J. Hadreas Mildred M. and Walter S. Alvarez Sandra J. Auerback and Victor D. Scheinman Susan and Michael J. Austin Macedonio Ayala and Claude Unselt Babcock Anne and George J. Benker Jill Duerr Berrick and Kenneth Berrick Madeline S. and A. John Burnell Venetta A. and Antonio L. Campbell Caroline R. Cangelosi and Michael Y. Lee Scott R. and Laurie L. Carney Kelley Bradshaw Casimere Carole S. Chamberlain Wen M. Chen Jae-Sung Choi Heidi H. Chu Barbara Bradner Cornet Diana Dea Crook and Peter S. Crook Lynn Jones Crook and Christopher S. Crook Kathleen A. Day-Seiter and Thomas M. Seiter Jeffrey L. Edleson and Sudha Shetty Leslee A. and Wayne L. Feinstein Norma Fong Stephen M. Forkins and Suzanne MacDonald Phyllis Koshland Friedman Nobusuke and Fumi Fukuda Eileen D. Gambrill Jewelle T. Gibbs and James L. Gibbs Jr. Shaaron L. Gilson Catherine Hutto Gordon and Daniel Baker Mary Ann Y. Hamamura-Clark and William F. Clark


Cynthia W. and Peter S. Hecker Corrienne Z. and Mark Heinemann Ernest T. and Sylvia H. Hirose Randolph D. Hudson Helen Y. Hui and Gordon L. Lin Daniel J. Ikenberg and Kristen J. Ikenberg Barbara A. Johnson Marguerite Leach Johnson and S. Allan Johnson David J. and Muriel H. Kears Velma D. King and William S. King Hadassah and Ralph M. Kramer Seymour J. Lapporte Carrie Graham Lee and John P. Lee Henry Lerner Joyce E. Lewis David Lindeman James E. and Maureen C. Lubben Arabella S. Martinez and David B. Carlson Mary Ann Mason and Paul Ekman Barbara A. McCann Ransford S. and Kathy C. McCourt Devan M. McFadden Valerie A. McFarlane-Smyth and Edward Smyth Ruth A. McFarlane and Elisa L. Durrette Megan B. McQuaid James O. and Khadija Midgley Mauricio Miller James M. Mize and Rita Laufenberg Mize Ursula S. Moore


David R. Ng Abigail C. Nichols Eleanor Park Loraine Y. Park and Gerald Tsai Marianne Hockenheimer Pennekamp Aura M. Pineda-Kamariotis and James J. Kamariotis Catharine J. and Norbert B. Ralph David A. Reinstein Paul W. and Stephanie Reisz Valerie S. and Stefan Reuss Toni Rembe Rock and Arthur Rock Raquel H. Ruiz and Stephen B. Haber Andrew E. Scharlach and Ilene Conison Scharlach Alan G. and Kimberly Sherman Irene E. Solis Beverly J. and Bill Somerville Bruce E. Stangeland and Susan Jennings Stangeland Jacquelyn E. Stanley and Kudret Oztap Susan Chu Sung and Oscar A. Sung Tony Tripodi Duane J. Vickrey Christina L. Warren and Donald C. Hodge Judith A. Wilhite Dewey C. Willis Beclee Newcomer Wilson and John O. Wilson Renee L. Winge Diane C. Wong

If you would like more information or to donate, please contact Annual Gifts Coodinator Britta Kolb-Coughlin at



$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

$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

HAVILAND SOCIETY Berkeley Social Welfare gratefully acknowledges 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 2017.

$1,000,000+ $1,000,000+ Catherine Hutto Gordon and Daniel Baker Marguerite Leach Johnson and S. Allan Johnson Beclee Newcomer Wilson and John O. Wilson

$100,000 to $999,999 Jeanette C. Close-Cibull and Robert M. Cibull Phyllis Koshland Friedman Diane B. Scarritt Tony Tripodi William J. Zellerbach

$25,000 to $99,999 Jean M. Allgeyer Sandra J. Auerback Barbara Bradner Cornet Diana Dea Crook and Peter S. Crook Lynn Jones Crook and Christopher S. Crook Rudolf F. Greulich Daniel J. and Kristen J. Ikenberg Ralph M. Kramer Thomas C. Layton and Gyongy S. Laky

James O. and Khadija Midgley Leona Wong Miu Jonathan Pannor Toni Rembe Rock and Arthur Rock Alan G. and Kimberly Sherman Kathryn J. Stenberg Renee L. Winge

$10,000 to $24,999 Susan and Michael J. Austin James R. Bancroft Nancy S. Dickinson and Richard P. Barth Mary Catherine and Robert J. Birgeneau Venetta A. and Antonio L. Campbell Jeffrey L. Edleson and Sudha Shetty Leslee A. and Wayne L. Feinstein Wilmer Fong Eileen D. Gambrill Shaaron L. Gilson Meridith G. and Doron Greenbaum Cynthia W. and Peter S. Hecker Kitty L. Ho and Julian C. Chow

Patricia S. Levy Virginia and John E. Lindberg Kent M. Macdonald Mary Ann Mason and Paul Ekman Lorraine T. Midanik and Stephen R. Blum Aron I. Murai Abigail C. Nichols Luella M. Noles and Jeung S. Hyun Phyllis Johnson O’Shea Catharine J. and Norbert B. Ralph Ilene Conison Scharlach and Andrew E. Scharlach Irene E. Solis Eliot D. Specht Susan Jennings Stangeland and Bruce E. Stangeland Nadine M. Tang and Bruce L. Smith Patricia Patterson Williams and Raymond H. Williams

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BERKELEY MOMENTS, THEN AND NOW: From graduating from the MSW program in 1966 to celebrating 25 distinguished years as faculty with the School in 2017, Professor Mike Austin has experienced his share of Berkeley Social Welfare moments. On 3.8.18, our students, alumni and friends opened their hearts by sharing their own campus memories and giving generously as part of UC Berkeley’s fourth annual Big Give fundraising campaign — “What’s Your Big Berkeley Moment?” Thank you for being a part of the past, present and future of Berkeley Social Welfare.

Social Welfare at Berkeley - Spring 2018  

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

Social Welfare at Berkeley - Spring 2018  

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