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Racial Reconciliation and Healing, and Youth as Change Agents

Faculty Highlights

Alumni facilitating program to help youth combat the system of racism

5 Housing for Heroes: Finding Shelter for Veterans

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A Look into the Health Patterns of Asian-American Women

15 Fighting the Silence: Suicide Prevention Among Cambridge’s Ethiopian Population

Contributing Writers Ali Ailport, Mena Dasilva-Clark, emily Dore (ssW ’14), nina Follman (CoM ’14), Amanda (Horowitz) Frank (ssW ’08, sPH ’10), Reeve L. Goldhaber, Cecilia Hughes, Caroline Lamson (ssW ’13), tracey sharp Rezendes, Deborah sheehan, Jessica silbermann (ssW ’14), Lea Vugic (ssW ’14), trudy Zimmerman (ssW ’75)

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Dean Dear Alumni, Colleagues and Friends, It’s amazing how quickly a semester speeds by. Within the last few months, we have embraced a new class of extraordinary graduate students and welcomed four new faculty members. BUssW has been humming with news and views. Public health social work was alive and well at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in early november in Boston, and I enjoyed greeting Dr. Adewale troutman, our 2013 Hubie Jones Urban Health lecturer, at his Presidential reception. I am thrilled to share with you the recent news and accomplishments of our students, faculty and alumni: The Racial Reconciliation and Healing Project Reading through this issue of Currents, you’ll see our cover story about two alumni who developed and currently oversee a program titled, “the Racial Reconciliation and Healing Project,” in Jamaica Plain, Mass. this project brings together Jamaica Plain youth of color and white youth to discuss, expose and address structural racism at its roots. 2013 Alumni Association Awards I would like to extend warm congratulations to our 2013 Alumni Association Awards recipients. the ceremony acknowledged outstanding individuals in the social work community and, on behalf of the school, I am beyond proud of the work that they’re doing. Faculty and Research In this issue, you’ll learn more about Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm’s experience as a visiting professor at Harvard University, as well as the project she is currently working on titled, “Healthy Women, Healthy Communities”, as part of the Asian Women’s Health Initiative Project (AWsHIP). You’ll also see a student-led interview with one of our new faculty members, Clinical Assistant Professor Phillipe Copeland, and read that Clinical Associate Professor Betty Ruth received the Insley/evans Public Health social Worker of the Year Award from the Public Health social Work section of the American Public Health Association at their annual conference in november. I’m also excited to share that Associate Dean for Research and Professor Lena Lundgren has been selected to give the 2014 Aaron Rosen Lecture at the society for social Work and Research (ssWR) Annual Meeting in January. The New BUSSW Website this fall, we unveiled our new and improved website at Have a quick look around for all ssWrelated information in a new, easy-to-use format. We encourage you to stay connected with the school of social Work through social media, too. Follow us on Facebook, twitter, Youtube and LinkedIn, where you’ll find more information, upcoming events and other up-to-date news. We enjoy communicating with our online community and appreciate any questions or comments you may have for us. The SSW Campaign Donors help fuel BUssW’s advances and the education of a new generation. Your pledge or gift is most needed — and will be gratefully accepted — for use in supporting scholarships. In addition to our existing endowed funds, we have a new opportunity that will double your impact. All gifts made to our new MsW/MPH scholarship fund will be matched dollar for dollar, providing even more vital support for our students. Please consider a gift today — you can donate online and read more about the Campaign for BUssW at In closing, we’d like to thank you again for your continued support. We greatly value our relationship with you, our alumni, and appreciate all that you do for BUssW and for the community. Do not hesitate to visit us at 264 Bay state Road or to attend our alumni events around the country.

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Racial Reconciliation and Healing, and Youth as Change Agents

Alumni facilitating program to help youth combat the system of racism By EMILY DORE (SSW’ 14) aNd CECILIA HUGHES


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healing is the work required for and by each of us so we can live into our full humanity.

e all want the same thing. We all want change. We all want to work on this,” said one youth participant of the Racial Racial Reconciliation and Healing Program. “I never really had a time where I could come together with a mixed race group and just talk about, you know, racism and everything it impacts.” In an approach to improving community health, the southern Jamaica Plain Health Center (sJPHC) brought together 16 youth, half of whom identify as white and half of whom identify as people of color, to participate in a racial reconciliation and healing process over the course of an academic school year. through readings, racial affinity groups, workshops, healing circles and speak-outs, the participants are challenged to move beyond purely intellectual conversations about race and racism. they are supported by each other, and by a team of community organizers and social workers, in experiencing to experience the feelings that come up when we talk about racism and understand the ways it shapes our existence. now in its third year, the program discusses, exposes, and addresses structural racism and inequities in health. Coordinated by Abigail ortiz (ssW ‘02, sPH ‘03), director of community health programs at southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, and supervised by Dennie Butler-MacKay (ssW ‘89), a clinically licensed social worker who has expertise working with adolescents and teaching graduate-level courses on racism and its associated trauma, the program is based on the idea that racism plays a significant role in health outcomes and will continue to do so if the issue is ignored. the program emerged out of a partnership between the Boston Public Health Commission’s W.K. Kellogg Foundation America Healing grant and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). southern Jamaica Plain Health Center is one of BWH’s two licensed community health centers and is part of a network of 25 health centers reaching underserved populations in Boston. In addition to providing medical care, sJPHC has a public health mission to address the overall health and well-being of the residents of Jamaica Plain and its surrounding communities. sJPHC provides primary care services to 11,000 racially and economically diverse residents of Jamaica Plain, as well as Roxbury, Dorchester, Roslindale, Hyde Park, and other communities in Greater Boston. Program participants are charged with making the connections between health, and the social determinants

of health and racism; between what the community knows, sees and feels; and with their peers across racial identity and experiences of oppression and privilege. “the way that we visualized the project was that we were going to try and impact health by understanding and really undoing racism with a group of young people,” ortiz said. “systemic racism is such a sensitive topic that it is often avoided, even by the good intentioned, so that no one is offended. As an organization that cares about community health, it is imperative that we address racism.” the program administrators have led an effort that is unique in Boston’s health center community by working to build a model of racial reconciliation and healing that connects health to social justice, racial justice, and empowerment of communities. the model was developed to contain intentional spaces for thinking about these issues, for feeling the emotions that come up when participants dive into the issues or “heart space,” and for taking action. the model includes a classroom component with high/low risk sessions, and field work. student participants are invited to make a multiyear commitment and are offered modest stipends. During the second year, participants are encouraged to do their own field work and apply what they are learning to be a part of a change effort. the participants are also encouraged to deal with the issues head-on in order to find solutions. During these exercises, they discover how to express themselves and interact safely with people of different backgrounds. the goal is for them to then spread their knowledge about racism and public health, and to become activists working toward positive change. “our society is really built upon not talking about racism. I feel like it really is our responsibility — the whole racial healing team — to get this word out because people don’t know what’s going on.,” said another participant. “And if you don’t know what’s actually happening, then you won’t know how to change it,” another participant said. the group is led through personal exploration into the theory of racial identity development, and internalized privilege and oppression, along with the various levels of racism and how they intersect with other forms of oppression. this process is accomplished through a number of activities developed collaboratively by Butlercontinued on next page



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MacKay and ortiz, and modified over the years with feedback from participants. Inequities play out in the group in the same way they play out in segregated Boston neighborhoods. With few exceptions, the Latino and Black youth come from low-income families and attend under-resourced Boston Public schools. they come to the program with a heightened awareness of racism even if they lack the language or analysis to discuss it. Conversely, the white youth are at the higher ranking exam schools and have more resources available to them. the program addresses the need for white people of all economic backgrounds to do racial justice work that is deeply personal and meaningful to them and their success in the

understanding. Creating an activated and empowered multi-racial community committed to racial equity is at the center of the racial reconciliation and healing program model. Higher-risk days occur once a week, with Butler-McKay co-facilitating and providing emotional stabilization and containment. During this time, the young people learn to manage intense affect, their own and others’, while unpacking their experiences with racism. there is an expectation that participants find their voice in this process and learn to engage one another in safe ways. During the second half of the year, the group begins to work on understanding and finding connections with their own family members and unique histories via “ancestor

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world. to support this, the program is structured to accommodate the differences in learning and growing for the youth of color and white youth. Youth of color often engage in a healing process, soon after they enter the program, while the white youth begin with reconciliation. the curriculum helps the white youth grapple with how they are simultaneously damaged by and benefit from racism. through this process, they understand that they are responsible for dismantling the system through racial justice work. Guidance and support is critical for all youth on the often-painful journey of 4

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journeying” activities. While this work is clearly higher risk and requires a clinical presence, the level of engagement and the rate of personal growth and empowerment for the group have been astounding for the faculty, community partners, and funders and benefactors to witness. on lower-risk days, students attend public health educational workshops. Being housed in a healthcare setting and with a strong partner in the city’s health department, the Racial Reconciliation and Healing program is well-equipped to increase participants’ understanding of health inequities. trainings include sessions on the following topics:

• An overview of public health, including information on the health equity framework, epidemiology, social determinants, and how to understand research • An explanation of the intersection of racism and health, and the biological pathways of stress • Information on the history of race in the United states and race policy • How to use racial justice framing and community organizing as tools for making change • An introduction to the socratic teaching method, group facilitation and public speaking “the challenging part has been trying to help the rest of the world understand how important this is. the young people were so ready and open to doing this work. It’s been truly beautiful to watch them — to see how accepting they are of this, how non-judgmental and supportive they are of each other, and how ready they are to learn about this,” ortiz explained. “Racial healing is the work required for and by each of us so we can live into our full humanity.” said one participant, “no matter what race you identify as, feelings are going to come up. Whether those feelings are anger or guilt, it depends. But, you’re going to need a place to talk about them,” said one participant. “And you need to have a safe space where you can talk to people and say what’s been hard for you and what’s good for you — and, ultimately, help others.” Programs like Racial Reconciliation and Healing, and the passionate, young participants, provide hope that progress is on the wayunderway. to view a documentary about the program, visit

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Housing for Heroes: Finding Shelter for Veterans


on a single night in January, it is estimated that 57,849 veterans were homeless in the United states, according to the 2013 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness, prepared by the United states Department of Housing and Urban Development. this number accounts for roughly one-third of the homeless men and women sleeping on the streets, in the very country under which they served. With the continued return of soldiers serving in operation enduring Freedom (oeF) and operation Iraqi Freedom (oIF) tours, there is an increasing concern that veterans with disabilities, including PtsD and traumatic brain injury (tBI), are more likely to become homeless. this is a battle that the U.s. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is fighting, but the efforts need to be strong and consistent. there are many obstacles that stand between the current reality of homeless veterans in America and the aggressive five-year plan put in place in 2009 by secretary for Veterans Affairs eric shinseki to end homelessness in the U.s. by 2015. Among those on the frontlines of this fight are social workers who work for the VA, like Ruth E. Batista (SSW ’04). Batista has been working at the new York Harbor VA since 2008, serving in several roles. Her first position was with the collaborative program administered by the U.s. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Veterans Affairs supportive Housing Program (HUD-VAsH) at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. HUD-VAsH falls under the guidelines and policies of section 8 housing and was first written into legislation in late 2007. In her role as an intensive case

manager with HUD-VAsH, Batista helped homeless veterans find and maintain permanent housing with the help of Housing Choice Vouchers, a federal program that assists lowincome families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. HUD has awarded 10,000 vouchers to help homeless veterans and families obtain permanent housing each year since its inception (with the exception of 2011, when it awarded 7,000 vouchers). thereafter, Batista worked at the inpatient psychiatric ward at the medical center, supporting dual diagnosis veterans with mental health and substance abuse interventions. In 2011, Batista took on the role of residential contract coordinator at the nY Harbor VA-Harlem Community Resource Center. she currently works in the temporary housing program, which gives veterans an opportunity to live in transitional shelters for a maximum of 180 days. In order to provide this temporary housing to more than 20,000 veterans and their families, the VA partners with upwards of 600 community organizations. While the VA refers to them as shelters, Batista is quick to point out that this residential contract housing program is an “apartment style set-up, where veterans live either by themselves or with one other roommate.” shelters offer three meals a day, but residents are encouraged to cook for themselves, should they so choose. each shelter includes access to an on-site housing coordinator and an on-site case manager. these resources are mandated by the VA in the contract in hopes of avoiding repeat homelessness among veterans. the ability to live independently is one of the primary eligibility requirements for veterans seeking transitional housing through the VA. Given that

many of the country’s homeless veterans are also substance abusers or addicts and that many also struggle with concurrent mental illness, it is important to establish self-care capabilities, which is something Batista assesses as a residential contract coordinator. Batista has prior experience working with substance abusers and recognizes the crossover in her work with the homeless veteran population. she identifies substance abuse as the number one obstacle her clients face, with chronic mental illness in close second. these are often the Ruth E. Batista (SSW ’04) primary causes of recidivism rates in homelessness. Being able to identify barriers to successful independent living in transitional housing is one of Batista’s primary goals when conducting client assessments. she aspires to see her clients succeed, but in order to do so, she needs to be confident that these individuals are deemed capable of independent living. According to Batista’s best estimates, 60 percent of the veterans selected to participate in the transitional housing program truly utilize the services of the program. While those numbers are encouraging, there is still a long way to go to ensure that the other 40 percent are able to emerge from the cycle of homelessness successfully. With the everincreasing numbers of oeF/oIF veterans returning, there is an even greater need to provide these men and women with as much support and as many services as possible.

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Department News PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (PEP) We’re so excited to celebrate our 70th Anniversary! Join the revelry and register for a 2014 PeP workshop! social workers in Massachusetts must earn Continuing education Credits to renew their licenses by october 1, 2014, and PeP is pleased to provide you with a variety of workshops and certificate programs, both online and in person, which will assist you in meeting your continuing education and professional development needs. Alumni of the BU school of social Work receive a 10 percent discount for all workshops. Visit our new website at, where you can access the current research of two of our faculty members. these hour-long lectures are offered for one continuing education credit each: • Web of Pain: suicidality and self-Harm Behaviors among Asian American Women by Associate Professor Hyeouk Hahm, Ph.D., MsW • Current Perspectives on Child and Adolescent obesity by Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller, Ph.D. Check out our upcoming spring 2014 series, featuring valuable training courses, including, but not limited to: • Certificate Program in Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions 30 CeCs // $1,100 Daniel Beck, LICsW, LLC Director, CBt and social Work training Initiative, and BUssW lecturer • Basic Coaching Certificate Program 30 CeCs // $1,100 Marilyn edelson, LICsW, BCD online self-paced certificate program in Mental Health and Aging with the BUssW Center for Aging & Disability education & Research (CADeR) • Fundraising in the Contemporary Landscape Webinar series with sarah Lange, MsW, principal and founder of newera4nonProfits • Integrated Behavioral Health Practice: Collaborative Competencies and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Chip Wilder, MsW, LICsW • Project BRIGHT: Enhancing Substance Abuse Treatment for Mothers of Young Children with an Attachment-Based Dyadic Intervention Ruth Paris, Ph.D., MsW, associate professor of Clinical Practice, BUssW, and director of the Family therapy Certificate Program; and Amy sommer, MsW, LICsW • the social Work in education Initiative (sWeP), housed in the Boston University school of social Work’s Professional education Program (PeP) and funded by the sharon M. Cerny Foundation, Inc., will offer several programs this spring. this Initiative was launched in the spring of 2013, under the leadership of Pat Beauchemin (ssW ’86) as program director. Save the Date A newly developed Certificate Program by BUssW Clinical Associate Professor Mark Gianino, Ph.D., MsW, scheduled for september, 2015: Certificate Program in Assessment and Treatment of Couples often regarded as challenging, “couples work” can be potentially rewarding when informed by best practices, research and theory. this Certificate Program offers a broad overview of the major theories and techniques of couple therapy with an emphasis on models developed by David treadway, as well as the research-based work of John Gottman, director of the well-known Gottman Institute. the program uses a strengths perspective, and clinical interventions with all types of couples are considered. the program will address hot button issues such as secrecy, physical aggression and infidelity and their impact on


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practice with couples. As part of the program, expert speakers provide training in techniques for promoting couple engagement and accountability in treatment, the neurobiology of love and attachment, sex therapy, emotionally Focused therapy (eFt) and clinical practice with gay, lesbian and transgender couples. Participants are invited to present their own cases for consultation. Didactic and experiential teaching methods are employed to promote participant comfort and skills acquisition for effective treatment with couples. For more information on PeP, please visit or call 617-353-3750. If you are having trouble accessing our online registration system, we recommend updating your browser. A great place to get information about this is, which provides a number of browsing options to best fit your needs.

CENTER FOR ADDICTIONS RESEARCH AND SERVICES (CARS) Dr. Lena Lundgren is serving as the chair for a symposium on screening, behavioral intervention and clinical assessment. Dr. Ivy Krull is serving as the chair for a symposium on dissemination, implementation and system transformation. Presentations include: • Identification of client clusters with complex treatment and service needs using clinician and client assessment data for a national sample of swedish individuals assessed for a substance use disorder (Lena Lundgren) • the role of federal funding mechanism and staff perception of barriers to evidence-based practice implementation in communitybased treatment organizations (Ivy Krull) • treatment unit organizational readiness: Characteristics of organizations and staff (Ivy Krull)

OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS Cape Cod Campus At the Cape Cod campus, we accept students into the program every other year. Currently, there is one cohort of 15 students at the campus. these students are enrolled in the foundation field internship and are contributing to their communities while also learning from those in the field. our advisors are Art Bence, William Dawber (our tenured advisor with three decades’ experience), and our newest advisor, Marylou Butero, who joined us last year. We continue to add new agencies to our field placement options. our newest agency affiliations are safe Harbor, southeast Alternative school and Plymouth Correctional Facility. our most recent alumni, who graduated last year, are working in local agencies, many of whom were hired by the agency where they did their advanced field placement. Recently, sara Blandford, alum, had twins during her studies here. Her husband, Leo, started the program this year, and her mother, Marte Hansen, the Director of the Hyannis, Massachusetts society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, is also a field instructor and member of our Field Advisory Board. Fall River Campus this year, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the seMA Program. the program continues to thrive, with 17 students entering the Fall River campus this fall, and with more than 50 students currently enrolled in the program. our community partners remain strong as we have 33 students currently in field placements in agencies throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Veronica Robdau, one of our faculty

advisors and alumna of the seMA Program, retired this summer. Robdau relocated south to enjoy the next phase of her life. We will miss Veronica, but we welcome two new advisors to the Fall River campus; Karen Blanchette, who is also an alumna of the seMA Program, and Kerry Doyle, will work with our students providing academic support and serving as a field liaisons for those in the field. Chelmsford Campus At the Chelmsford Campus, there are currently 54 students enrolled. of these, 41 students are in the process of completing either their foundation or advanced year field placements. these students are placed in a variety of settings throughout a wide geographic area, reaching from as far west as springfield, MA to Keene, nH and from Beverly, MA to Dover, nH. the Chelmsford campus continues to have an active Field education Advisory committee, consisting of social work professionals from agencies interested in continuing to provide social work field placements to our students. HRSA Grant News We are in our second year of the In the Community Mental Health Training for Social Workers (ICMH) program, funded by the Health Resources and services Administration (HRsA). there are 15 students participating in the program from the Chelmsford and Fall River campuses. these students have made a two-year commitment to working with populations affected by trauma and substance use who live in the medically underserved communities of Lowell, Lawrence and new Bedford. Fourteen agencies have partnered with BUssW to provide field placement opportunities to the HRsA grant fellows. In addition to field work, students are required to attend training seminars, which are also open to the community. seminar topics include co-morbid psychiatric and substance use disorders; vulnerable populations in the military; trauma with the Latino population; and trauma and family work. to learn more about the ICMH program, please visit

ONLINE PROGRAM there are currently 250 students enrolled in the BUssW online MsW Program. More than 100 of these students are in field internships, which are located in 31 states. some of the faculty teaching for the online Program include: Maryann Amodeo, Mark Gianino, Judith Gonyea, Luz Lopez, Donna McLaughlin, Lisa Moore, Ruth Paris, Betty Ruth and Lee staples. over the past year, we have expanded the oLP team and recently hired three new advisors: Russ Rossilini of FL, Katharine Hobart of Co, Cynthia Jirak of MA, and Cynthia Bramble-Daly of MA. We also welcome Caysie Carter as the oLP senior staff Coordinator. We congratulate Patricia Frederick, a current oLP student who has been chosen to be a student Ambassador for the nAsW-MA chapter. We hope to see our oLP students continue to be involved in community service and we anticipate our first online program cohort graduating in May 2014. We look forward to celebrating with the graduates and their families.

LOWY-GEM PROGRAM IN AGING twenty-six clinical and macro MsW students are participating in the 20132014 Lowy-GeM Program in Aging. nineteen of these students are enrolled in the basic Lowy-GeM Program consisting of a primary field placement in one agency, working with older adults, and a concurrent enrichment experience in a second agency, serving older adults in a different capacity. students also participate in a monthly seminar with expert speakers on a range of topics related to Gerontological social Work. In addition, seven students are participating in the Lowy-GeM Advanced Leadership Program. these students completed the standard Lowy-GeM Program in 2012-13 and have elected to do a second year in the program consisting of a field placement in an aging setting and an independent project related to the field of Gerontological social Work, which they will present at the last session of the Lowy-GeM seminar. Participating students receive stipends from the Louis Lowy Fund in Gerontology and social Welfare and have the option to earn the Louis Lowy Certificate in Gerontological social Work. Max Winer, Advanced Lowy-GeM and dual degree MsW/MPH student, will be presenting a paper on “elder Homelessness: outreach Workers as Catalysts and Gatekeepers,” with Kelly Melekis at the American society on Aging’s 2014 Aging in America Conference in san Diego in March 2014. erin Der McLeod, Advanced Lowy-GeM student, has received the Jordan Liebhaber scholarship award to an outstanding student in Gerontology and will also be presenting a paper with Kathy Kuhn at the nAsW-MA Conference in the spring on “enhancing Mental Wellness among older Immigrants and Refugees.”

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE the BUssW Diversity Committee was in full force this past semester, bringing different cultures and backgrounds together in celebration. earlier in the semester, the Committee organized a well-attended potluck lunch where students, faculty and staff brought in food unique to their culture. Additionally, the Committee is developing a strategic plan to integrate diversity in all aspects at BUssW; participating in the BUssW faculty search and opening dialogue about diversity in the workplace; planning panel discussions and a movie series for the spring semester; and mentoring ALAnA students to be school ambassadors for incoming students. Recently, the Committee hosted a diverse group of children between the ages of 10 and 12 years old, who came to visit the school of social Work. special thanks to scott Geron, Luz López, Caysie Carter and Phillipe Copeland, who played a large role in organizing the visit and gave inspirational messages to the young students.

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Interview with Phillipe Copeland: Transparency in a Complex World By Lea Vugic, SSW ‘14

Religion and spirituality are concepts which are not often discussed, especially when considering how one forms their own religious and spiritual identity. How do religion and spirituality intersect with other social identities? While society tends to categorize people in certain boxes—male/female, black/white, Catholic/Jewish—what if a person identifies with more than one category? How does one choose, or is it chosen for us? Regardless of choice, we still face potential obstacles depending on to which group we belong. Thus, we need a space where we can talk about religion, spirituality and our identities without being judged. This also has applications to one’s professional identity. Identification and identity were topics of discussion when I recently met with Clinical Assistant Professor Phillipe Copeland, who has been a lecturer at BUssW for three years and joined the school as a full-time faculty member this fall. Copeland teaches clinical practice and racial justice, and is the new director of the dual degree program in social Work and theology. “students have to be able to bring all of their social identities and the issues related to them to both their learning and practice experiences,” said Copeland, who was clearly passionate about his work and about bringing the topic of identity to light. “students are better prepared for practice if they can think critically about their social identities and their relationship to issues of power,” added Copeland. “I encourage students to think of themselves as public intellectuals, using their minds to serve the people and their liberation. this is a role that social work has traditionally played, participating in the debates of our time and the struggles of history.” this sentiment is echoed by students who have taken one or more of Copeland’s courses. “Professor Copeland encourages students to think critically about history 8

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and the social environment and how it shapes our own racial identities as well as those we ascribe to others,” said Ali Zaitchik, ssW ’14. “He creates a safe space for students to examine their own beliefs, hopes and fears, and encourages a ‘stepping out’ of one’s comfort zone to engage in conversations that are both difficult and absolutely necessary to bring about change. He demonstrates the essential social work skill of being able to see and hold the most painful truths while also maintaining and inspiring great hope for a better world,” added Zaitchik. “Copeland expressed that students do not have to wait until they graduate but can participate right now through writing, presenting, and speaking in diverse forums as social workers.” Copeland is currently….religious coping as strategies for dealing with work-related stress and if they predict burnout among clinical social workers in Massachusetts. Recently, he published an article, Why America Needs Another Kind Of Justice, in GOOD reflecting on the trayvon Martin case. the article examined our justice system and what it really means to go beyond punishment by considering a restorative justice system. the article can be found at

Faculty Profiles The “Faculty Profile” section of Currents will be a regular feature that spotlights several members of our faculty in each issue.



Professor & Chair, Clinical Practice Co-Director, Center for Addiction Research and Services [CARS]

Professor & Chair, Social Research

Scholarly and Practice Interests Alcohol and drug problems • substance abuse treatment • health services research in substance abuse • child welfare • training of social service and health professionals • culturally responsible social work practice “Many national substance abuse treatment programs have a large proportion of staff that are not professionally trained. this has led to some poorly-implemented practices, and to treatment outcomes that have been weak or poor. At CARs, we’re very focused on professionalizing substance abuse treatment. the delivery of effective treatment is a strong theme of my research. there’s a national push for organizations to use evidence-based treatments, but federal organizations often don’t realize the challenges the agencies encounter. Many studies have looked at staff attitudes towards evidence-based practices, but haven’t focused on the people that actually implement the treatments. our findings showed that because many staff made such dramatic modifications to evidence-based practices, they did not resemble the original treatments. We also found that different treatments present different barriers, and we’re working to help the practitioners find ways to overcome them. My recent research also focused on a study of close to 300 women with and without alcoholic parents, and compared their psychological health and social adjustments in adulthood. some literature portrays women from alcoholic families as seriously impaired. We found that the answer was, no—women with alcoholic parents were not impaired, but there were pivotal experiences in childhood that led to impairment.” Selected Publications of 2013-14 Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M., Chassler, D. & Krull, I. (in press). organizational readiness for change in community-based addiction treatment programs and adherence in implementing evidence-based practices: A national study. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Amodeo, M. & Lopez, L. M. (2013). Making effective referrals to Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs. In R. saitz (editor), Addressing Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Primary Care (pp. 73-84), springer Publishing Company. Amodeo, M., Lundgren, L., Beltrame, C., Chassler, D., Cohen, A., & D’Ippolito, M. (2013). Facilitating factors in implementing four evidence-based practices: Reports from addiction treatment staff. Substance Use and Misuse Larson, M.J., Amodeo, M., LoCastro, J., Muroff, J., smith, L., & Gerstenberger, e. (2013). Randomized trial of web-based training to promote counselor use of CBt skills in sessions. Substance Abuse, 34(2), 179-187.

LEE H. STAPLES Clinical Professor, Macro Practice Director, BRIDGE [Building Refugee and Immigrant Degrees for Graduate Education] Program Scholarly and Practice Interests Grassroots community organizing • consumer/community empowerment • task-oriented group work • international development • immigrant rights “I’ve been involved in community organizing for over 45 years. As community organizers, we’re looking to make systemic changes in the conditions that cause societal problems. It involves choosing an issue; recruiting participants; facilitating meetings; developing strategy; and engaging in collective action to bring about social change. Ultimately, it ties together collective empowerment and social justice. My main focus is on community organizing—at the neighborhood and city-wide level—through a

Scholarly and Practice Interests Intergenerational family relations • family caregiving • work-family interface • older women’s economic and health status • vulnerable urban elders • aging politics and policies • evaluation of community-based programs and services “By 2030, it is estimated that one of every five Americans will be 65 and older. the older population is not only growing in size; it is also growing older as more people are surviving to their 80s, 90s, and 100s. these changing demographics present both opportunities and challenges. My interest is in exploring the private and public sectors’ shared responsibility in supporting seniors’ ability to maximize their independence, maintain strong social connections, find personal meaning in their lives, and age with dignity. Much of my research focuses on the impact of policies and programs on those seniors who are most economically, socially, or physically vulnerable. this research is often done in collaboration with communities and seeks to include the participation of traditionally excluded groups such as those defined by low income, race and ethnicity, lack of english language proficiency, and sexual orientation. two examples of recently funded research projects are ‘Círculo de Cuidado’ (Circle of Care), a randomized controlled trial study assessing the effectiveness of a spanish-language, culturally relevant, cognitive behavioral group intervention for Latino families coping with Alzheimer’s Disease; and the evaluation of ‘Aging Well at Home’ Program, an urban neighborhood-based program that supports middle and lower income seniors’ ability to ‘age in place‘ in their own homes.” Selected Publications of 2013-14 Gonyea, J.G. (forthcoming 2014). the policy challenges of a larger and more diverse oldest old population. In R.B. Hudson (ed.) The New Politics of Old Age Policy, 3rd edition. MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Hudson, R.B. , & Gonyea, J.G. (forthcoming 2014). the shifting political construction of older Americans as a target population. In R.B. Hudson (ed.) The New Politics of Old Age Policy, 3rd edition. MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Gonyea, J.G. (forthcoming 2014). Changing demographics: Aging in America. In L. Ganong, M. Coleman, & J. G. Golson (eds). Social History of the American Family, CA: sage. Gonyea, J.G. (forthcoming 2014). Housing, health and quality of life. In B. Berkman (ed.) The Handbook of Aging in Social Work, 2nd edition. new York, nY: springer Publication. Gonyea, J.G. (2013). Changing family demographics, multigenerational bonds, and care of the oldest old. Public Policy & Aging Report, 23(2), 11-15. Gonyea, J.G., & Burnes, K. (2013). Aging Well at Home: evaluation of a neighborhood-based pilot project to “Put connection back in community.” Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 27 Gonyea, J.G. (2013). Midlife, multigenerational bonds, and caregiving. In R. tully & R. Montgomery (eds.) Caregiving Across the Life Span. New York: Springer.

statewide coalition that works on mental health policy, and in the international arena. the Chelsea (Mass.) Collaborative works on issues like affordable housing, environmental justice, parental involvement in schools, youth violence prevention, neighborhood improvements, and immigrant rights. I co-authored a book chapter on social capital on Chelsea’s low-income immigrant community, and concluded a qualitative study on six immigrant worker centers in Massachusetts where immigrants can learn their legal rights. I also direct the BRIDGe Program, which is designed to recruit individuals from refugee and immigrant communities into the field of social work. It’s about the empowerment of undervalued communities. We’re recruiting in newcomer populations, in the hopes that these individuals can return to their communities as professional social workers.” Selected Publications of 2013-14 staples, L. & Gradener, J. (2013). the effectiveness of politicizing community organizing: three examples and their working principles. Chapter nine in M. Ham (ed.). Jaarboek tss 2012: Wat werkt. Utrecht, netherlands. Reynoso-Vallejo, H. & staples, L. (2013). Immigrant workers centers in eastern Massachusetts, UsA: Fostering services, support, advocacy and community organizing. Pedagogia Social Revista Interuniversitaria. 21, 33-65.




Faculty Highlights Professor Maryann Amodeo

Professor Judith G. Gonyea

has been awarded a three-year grant from sAMHsA to examine the effectiveness of peer-to-peer recovery support in reducing relapse among latino substance abusers who also have mental health problems.

was the invited plenary speaker at the 2013 national Lifespan Respite Conference on october 17, in Boston, MA. Additionally, she was a symposium panelist for a session titled, “Innovative Mental Health Interventions with Underserved older Populations: optimal Aging for All,” at the Gerontological society of America scientific Meeting on november 22, in new orleans, LA.

Professor Judith G. Gonyea

Professor Maryann Amodeo

The following faculty members presented during the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting, held from Oct. 31 Nov. 3, in Dallas, TX.

Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm gave the following presentations in october: • AsPIRe speaker series: sexual Health & sexual Relationships at Boston University

Assistant Professor Astraea Augsberger

Assistant Professor Astraea Augsberger

gave a presentation titled, “‘nothing About Me Without Me’: Youth Participation in Child Welfare Decision Making,” that described a study that examined youth participation in child welfare decision making through family team conferences that involve permanency planning. Findings suggest that youths’ relationships with agency staff influence their attendance and participation in decisionmaking opportunities. strategies for engaging youth in decision making were also discussed.

Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm

• “Web of Pain: suicidality and self-Harm Behaviors among Asian-American Women” at the Psychiatric seminar for Doctors & Fellows at Boston University

CADER Director of Workforce Development Kathy Kuhn

Professor Mary Collins,

Professor Mary Collins

along with Ph.D. student sarah Garlington, gave a presentation titled, “Virtue and Public Policy: A Historical Analysis.” this presentation discussed a research study that examines national values relevant to public policy through conducting a historical analysis of virtue language in presidential inaugural addresses. Additional presentations included: A poster presentation by Part-time Faculty Coordinator Deborah Putnam, MSW, MPH, titled, “Practitioner Portrait: An Alumni survey of Clinical and Macro MsWs.” A presentation by Associate Director of Field education Judith Perlstein, MSW, and Assistant Dean of Field education Trudy Zimmerman, MSW, titled, “taking It to the streets: An online seminar for Field Instructors Curriculum or Administrative Workshop.”

CADER Director of Workforce Development Kathy Kuhn

has been selected to give the 2014 Aaron Rosen Lecture at the society for social Work and Research (ssWR) annual meeting in January.

Associate Dean for Research and Professor Lena Lundgren

gave the following presentations within the community:

Clinical Associate Professor Janice Furlong

Controversies and Themes in the DSM 5 Grand Rounds presentation, Dana Farber/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Department of social Work; Boston, MA, June 2013. Children and Adolescents: What’s New in DSM 5 Half-day training presented to Department of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent services, southeast Division, Massachusetts; Brockton, MA, May 2013.


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served on a panel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Conference, in Marlborough, MA, on october 22. she addressed the topic of “Integrating Mental and Physical Health in Primary Care settings” with Ruth Palombo of tufts Health Foundation and Dr. Roger Pasiniski of MGH Revere HealthCare Center. the Center for Aging and Disability education and Research (CADeR) has received a MA Department of Public Health suicide Prevention Grant. the grant is funding the creation of an online training course on Promoting Mental Wellness among older Immigrants and Refugees, offered to providers in a blended model.

Associate Dean for Research and Professor Lena Lundgren

Clinical Associate Professor Janice Furlong

The Power to Name: Controversies in the DSM 5 Keynote presenter, national social Work Month Conference, Boston Veteran’s Administration Healthcare system; Boston, MA, August 2013.    

• “Drug Use, Co-Morbid Mental Health, and suicidality: Findings on Young Asian-American Women” at the III International Congress on Dual Disorders in Barcelona

Clinical Associate Professor Luz López

Professor Lena Lundgren and Clinical Associate Professor Luz López have received two new grant awards. the first is a three-year award from CsAt/sAMHsA to examine the effectiveness of an intervention implemented by tapestry Health/LaVoz to conduct a door-to-door HIV testing outreach campaign to reduce HIV risk among Latinas residing in Western Massachusetts. the second is a three-year award from CsAt/sAMHsA to examine the effectiveness of an intervention implemented by Casa esperanza, a Latina/o residential addiction treatment unit, to provide a medical home and integrated care for Latinas with substance use disorder at risk of HIV and HIV positive.

Half-time Faculty Member Dawn Belkin Martinez

Half-time Faculty Member Dawn Belkin Martinez

authored the textbook, social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for social Work, with simmons College school of social Work Professor Ann fleck-Henderson. the book is a practical textbook for both practitioners and students that provides a practice-oriented model of clinical social work, with a focus on social justice, and will be available in March 2014 from Routledge.

Associate Professor Renée Spencer

Associate Professor Renée Spencer

Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa L. Moore

Clinical Assistant Professor Lisa L. Moore

participated on a panel for the WGBH program “Basic Black” in october. the topic of the show was on race and mental illness, and Moore joined Callie Crossley, tV and radio host, WGBH; Phillip Martin, senior reporter, WGBH news; Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, emerson College; and Peniel Joseph, professor of history, tufts University.

is the Co-PI of a new three-year award from the William t. Grant Foundation titled, “Changing Youth Programs and settings: An experimental evaluation of the Quality Mentoring system Initiative.” the PI of the award is thomas Keller of Portland state University school of social Work. this three-year study will examine how a network of umbrella organizations attempts to leverage its leadership and influence to improve the quality of services delivered by member youth-serving programs.   spencer also co-presented the following sessions at the Center for Research on Girls Biennial symposium in october: • Girls, stress, & Well-being: What Parents need to Know • 21st Century Athenas study: Aligning Achievement and Well-Being — Results and Recommendations for educators

Dean and Professor Gail Steketee was awarded the outstanding Career Achievement Award in July at the International oCD Conference in Atlanta, along with a close research colleague, Dr. Randy Frost.

Assistant Professor Jordana Muroff has received a multi-year award from sAMHsA to test an intervention where she will use smartphone technology to promote medication adherence and reduce relapse among Latinos with co-morbid mental health and substance use disorders.

Dean and Professor Gail Steketee

Assistant Professor Jordana Muroff

Associate Professor Ruth Paris

Associate Professor Ruth Paris

led a national Child traumatic stress network webinar titled, “Diagnostic statistical Manual-5: Developmental Considerations and Clinical Implications for Young Children,” in november. Additional speakers included Julie Larrieu, Ph.D., tulane University; Chandra Ghosh, Ph.D., UCsF; and Michael scheeringa MD, MPH, tulane University.

Clinical Associate Professor Betty J. Ruth

Clinical Associate Professor Betty J. Ruth

has received the Insley/evans Public Health social Worker of the Year Award from the Public Health social Work section of the American Public Health Association. the awards committee recognized Ruth for her years of service to the profession, her trailblazing role as an educator in the field of public health social work, and her steadfast efforts to increase the number of MsW/MPH dual-degree programs around the country. Ruth was honored at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association in Boston this november. Ruth, along with alumnae Jamie Wyatt Marshall and esther e. M. Velásquez, recently had an article published in Families and Society titled, “Prevention in social Work scholarship: A Content Analysis of Families in society 2000-2010 (Research note).”

Associate Professor Scott Geron, Clinical Associate Professor Luz López, BRIDGe Co-Director and adjunct faculty member Mojdeh Rohani, and Professor Lee Staples attended the 18th Biennial International Consortium for social Development (ICsD) symposium in Kampala, Uganda, held in July. each made a presentation, including: • scott Geron, “Building a stronger Workforce for older Adults” • Luz López, “Cultural experience and Addiction”   • Mojdeh Rohani, “Promising Approaches in Interdisciplinary services for survivors of torture” • Mojdeh Rohani and Lee staples, “new Frontiers in social Work education: Building Refugee and Immigrant Degrees for education (BRIDGe)”   While at the conference, strong positive connections were made with administrative leaders and senior faculty at Makerere University Department of social Work and social Administration. Makerere is the oldest university in Uganda, and the department is the first and largest in the country. 





sian-Americans are often stereotyped as the “Model Minority” whose cultural upbringing is perceived to secure their pathway to social and economic success. However, in reality, Asian-Americans remain as a vulnerable population. Recent findings by Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm suggest that Asian-American parenting styles often put adolescents at risk, especially regarding health. Hahm’s innovative ideas have brought great success in the under-researched area of AsianAmerican and second-generation women’s health. Her recent success is reflected in a 2009 national Institute of Mental Health (nIMH) fund, received through a K-award (Mentored Research scientists Award), which supports Hahm’s five-year project entitled Asian Women’s Sexual Health Initiative Project (AWSHIP, For this project, data was collected from over 700 unmarried Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean women living in the greater Boston area and was used to understand mental health, sexual health, and HIV-risk behaviors of Asian-American women. now in her fourth year conducting the AWsHIP study, Hahm has published multiple peer-reviewed articles using both qualitative and quantitative methods and has given numerous talks to local, national, and international audiences. the results of her study demystify disparate health patterns in Asian-American women’s sexual and mental health. Hahm’s strong scholarly record resulted in her receiving tenure at Boston University in 2012 and a recent appointment as a national Institute of Health (nIH), early Career Peer Reviewer for the nIH Center for scientific Review (CsR). During her first sabbatical leave after her tenure award (from January through August, 2013), Hahm held an academic appointment with Harvard Medical school (HMs) as a visiting associate professor in psychiatry at the Center for Multicultural Mental Health. Hahm collaborated with healthcare policy researchers to research minority mental health disparities. Working under the tutelage of Margarita Alegría Ph.D., director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR) and professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical school, Hahm describes her experience at Harvard as humbling, awakening, and one where she was constantly pursuing rigor. “During my time at HMs, I focused on one project which explored the impact of the intersections of gender and ethnicity on mental health utilization, and this project was one of eight projects that was going on at the center at the same time,” said Hahm. What surprised Hahm was that each project’s first author presented three times in the center in order to be ready for submission to a peer reviewed journal. “[this time was] a transparent process, and everyone’s tolerance levels for critiques was very high and non-defensive.”


A Look into the

Health Patterns of Asian-American Women Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm works to identify risk behaviors and mental health trends


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Hahm actively sought honest evaluations on her writing as well as her presentation styles from her mentor, Dr. Alegría. Dr. Alegría lamented how many successful researchers do not give compelling talks because they are reading from the PowerPoint presentation. “After receiving critiques from [Dr. Alegría], I now completely digest the content and present entirely from memory when I give talks,” said Hahm. “With no doubt, this requires much more effort, energy, and time to prepare. However, it is totally worthwhile because I receive such enthusiastic responses from the audiences.” “What I really enjoyed about being a part of that research team was building personal relationships with scholars from health policy (Drs. Benjamin Cook, Andrea Ault), medicine (Dr. nicholas Carson), and economics (Dr. nilay Kafali),” added Hahm. I also recognized the high level of productivity that the research team accomplished and the incredibly hard work they put into the projects.” Hahm has started another new project that was recently funded by the national Institute of Mental Health (nIMH). the aim of this new project, entitled Asian-American Women’s Action for Resilience and empowerment (AWARe), is to design and to test a pilot intervention to reduce mental and sexual health problems among Asian-American women. AWARe has been developed based on some of her core study findings. For instance, seven out of 10 Asian-American women report childhood maltreatment. Additionally, women who had experienced childhood sexual abuse were

clockwise from the far left: Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm, Ka Lai Poon, Christine Chiao, Winifred Hwang and Cecilia Vu

more likely to suffer from severe depression, lifetime suicidal ideation, and lifetime suicide attempts compared to their counterparts (Hahm, Kolaczyk, Lee, Jang, & ng, 2012). Hahm believes that mental health intervention for Asian-American women needs to incorporate the issues of trauma, risky sexual behaviors, and mental health simultaneously. Hahm’s research team is working in the first year of this grant period and is currently developing this intervention to take on an integrative and holistic approach. she intends for Asian-American women to experience culturally-grounded and appropriate treatment that reflects the “real world” of Asian and Pacific Islander women. Hahm is innovative not only in her groundbreaking research, but also in her extensive mentorship. For the last seven years of teaching at Boston University, she has mentored nearly 50 individuals including doctoral, MsW, and undergraduate students. Fifteen of Hahm’s undergraduate students have been sponsored by the Undergraduate Research opportunities Program (URoP), some for multiple semesters. so far, 19 students co-

authored with Dr. Hahm on peer reviewed journals, and more than 30 students co-authored for national and international conferences. “Although I am a researcher, at the end of the day, I am an educator,” said Hahm about her philosophy on mentoring. “I want my researchmentored students to achieve three things from me: I want them to practice the fundamental skills and develop a scientific mind through the hands on experience of becoming an author on peer-reviewed journal articles. I want them to have the best student experience in my group by providing them a nurturing and friendly space where they can find their own niche in such a big school like BU. Finally, I want my students to be rewarded with great outcomes, such as their top choice job or graduate program.” Hahm’s students pursue careers in medicine, public health, and social work. What are Hahm’s future plans at BUssW? “When I finished my doctorate, I told myself that it was going to be a new beginning. now that I’ve been awarded tenure, I am again at a new starting point. Receiving tenure enables me to move forward and continue my line of research for the long term with a long-term vision. Under these

aspirations, I would like to expand on my research and the AWsHIP project to explore the interaction of the neurobiology and environments that affect mental health, substance use, and sexual health.” Hahm’s groundbreaking work with Asian and Pacific Islander women populations will continue on at BUssW. REFERENCES Hahm, H. C., Kolaczyk, e., Lee, Y., Jang, J., & ng, L. (2012). Do Asian-American women who were maltreated as children have a higher likelihood for HIV risk behaviors and adverse mental health outcomes? Women’s Health Issues, 22(1), e35–e43. Hahm, H. C., Lee, C. H., Choe, J., Ward, A., & Lundgren, L. (2011). sexual Attitudes, Reasons for Forgoing Condom Use, and the Influence of Gender Power among AsianAmerican Women: A Qualitative study. Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research, (s1). doi: 10.4172/2155-6113.s1-004 Hahm, H. C., Lee, J., Rough, K., & strathdee, s. A. (2011). Gender Power Control, sexual experiences, safer sex Practices, and Potential HIV Risk Behaviors Among Young Asian-American Women. AIDS and Behavior. doi:10.1007/s10461-011-9885-2 Hahm, H.C., Jang, J., Ward, A., & Driscoll, K. (2012, october). Impact of Different Types of Substance Uses among Asian-American Women: Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempt. Presented at the 140th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in san Francisco, CA.




Alumni Awards

(L-R): Alumni Association President Amanda (Horowitz) Frank (SSW '08, SPH '10); Kathleen Mackenzie ('92); Kristen Costa ('00); Will Halpin ('03); Shawna Rodrigues ('02); Faye Askew-King ('77); Rhonda Weathers; Reeve Goldhaber; Mena daSilva-Clark; Dean Gail Steketee

Each fall, the Boston University School of Social Work Alumni Association recognizes individuals who go above and beyond in the field of social work. Congratulations to the 2013 Alumni Association Award recipients: Outstanding Career in Social Work FAYE ASKEW-KING (‘77)

Hubie Jones Urban Service Award KATHLEEN MACKENZIE (‘92)

Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Social Work SHAWNA RODRIGUES (‘02)

Outstanding Contributions to the School of Social Work REEVE GOLDHABER

The BUSSW Alumni Association Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Nominations for 2014 awards will be opened in the spring.


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Fighting the Silence: Suicide Prevention Among Cambridge’s Ethiopian Population suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families and communities. In 2010 (the most recent year for which data has been made available), 38,364 suicides were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans; that year, someone in the U.s. committed suicide every 13.7 minutes. While its causes are complex, with multiple issues to be considered, the goal of suicide prevention is simple: Reduce risk factors and increase factors that encourage resilience (i.e., protective factors). In many U.s. immigrant populations, suicide is still a very taboo topic. effective prevention strategies and more open dialogue are needed to promote public awareness of suicide and encourage a commitment to social change.

Girma Asfaw (SSW ’01) stands with a program participant

Locally, the Haddis Girma Continuity Foundation (HGCF) is taking the charge to prevent suicide amongst the ethiopian community in Cambridge and across the U.s. by addressing key factors that make individuals susceptible to such outcomes. the organization was founded in 2011 by Boston University school of social Work alum Girma Asfaw (SSW ’01) in honor of his son, Haddis Girma, who dedicated much of his life to serving the needs of others. the Haddis Girma Continuity Foundation fulfills its mission by identifying human needs in the

community of Cambridge and strategizing to raise resources to meet those needs. the Foundation works to model and transfer the core values of academic excellence, sportsmanship, community service, leadership and positive social relationships through a variety of programs designed to engage youth and adults to prevent suicidal risk factors. Haddis was born and raised in his native country of ethiopia. At the age of nine, he immigrated with his family to Cambridge, Mass., where he completed all of his college preparatory education. some of his most remarkable achievements occurred during his high school years at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High school, where he was an extraordinary student. At CRLs, he was member of the national Honor society, captain of the track and field team, editor of the school newspaper, founder of the ethiopian Club, and a key fundraiser and supporter of the famine relief effort in ethiopia in 2001. Haddis managed to accomplish a number of endeavors that revealed his incredible potential. From CRLs, Haddis graduated in 2003 with high honors and earned a significant scholarship for academic excellence to Boston University. He graduated from Boston University in 2007 with exceptional achievements and went on to study dentistry at Howard University. Haddis, who was only twenty-six years old at the time of his death, passionately pursued education, athleticism and humanitarian work to fulfill his dream of helping others. He was loving and caring and expressed these virtues by being a dedicated mentor to those in need. Haddis was well-loved and admired by his many friends at school, at work and in his neighborhood. However, while Haddis had a full life, and was an inspiration to many, he, too, faced hidden personal struggles that cut his life short at the tender age of 26. His internal personal struggle serves as a cautionary tale for all community members, while his positive values of academic excellence, sportsmanship, community service, leadership and exemplary behaviors are cornerstone legacies to be carried forward by the Foundation. “I never realized his internal struggles and continued to question what I could have done differently as a parent,” said Girma Asfaw. “the Haddis Girma Continuity Foundation is committed to ensuring special attention and services to community members who articulate or demonstrate struggles with depression, self or imposed social isolation, and other mental health

challenges. As a parent, I felt it was my responsibility to combat the stigmas associated with talking about suicide in my community, and attempted to turn tragedy into political engagement.” Prevention programs include: • Advocacy and Awareness support services • Academic and social Mentoring Program • educational and Cultural exchange Program • Primary Level Amharic Program • Community net Working • Parents’ support Group Program • Athletic and Academic enrichment Program

A group of basketball players at HGCF’s annual field day

the organization collects and documents the current suicidal challenges faced by the community in order to effectively advocate for mental health resources. the Foundation meets on a monthly basis to identify human needs in Cambridge and raise resources to meet those needs. they also launched an annual scholarship for Cambridge Rindge and Latin High school seniors who demonstrate excellent academic achievements in conjunction with the desire to help others. their long-term goal is to create a community center where immigrant youth and parents can find a place of welcome and support. “through intergenerational community forums, educational support programs, small group discussions and annual field day and barbeque, the organization hopes to create a sense of connection. We are on a journey and I cannot tell you how much support I’ve received from the Board of Directors, including Professor Lee staples,” said Asfaw. “Hopefully, our advocacy and public education efforts have helped to heighten awareness within the community.” For more information on HGCF, please visit Currents



Donors Honor Roll

We are pleased to acknowledge and thank the generous donors to the school of social Work for gifts received July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. If we have inadvertently omitted a donor, misspelled a name or accorded an incorrect class year, please accept our apologies and let us know by contacting our Director of Development, tracey sharp Rezendes, at or 617-358-5599.

INDIVIDUALS $50,000 - $99,999

Rhea K. Bufferd (SSW’74) and allan S. Bufferd <

$25,000 - $49,999

John E. drew (SSW’70, P’90) <<

$10,000 - $24,999

Cassandra M. Clay (SSW’79) and Phillip L. Clay << The Estate of Golda Edinburg (SSW ’46) < annette S. Eskind (SSW’51) donald H. Haliburton << Muriel Bloch Kolner Sieh (CaS’45, SSW’47)

$5,000 - $9,999

Maki amano << Catherine F. Buttenwieser (SSW’63) and Paul a. Buttenwieser << Nancy R. Karp (SSW’78) <<

doreen Saskin (SSW’81) and alan Saskin < Linda H. Singer (SSW’69) < Paul E. Singer < Naomi M. Stanhaus (SSW’70) and James S. Stanhaus <<< Brian H. McCorkle (GRS’92, GRS’99) and Gail S. Steketee <<< Joan F. Strauss (SSW’70) < Steve d. Tirado (SSW’82) and Teresa Tirado <<

$1,000 - $2,499

Jane d. Barna (SSW’77) and Kenneth M. Barna << Susan a. Bernstein (SSW’90, CaS’82) < Peter Byers << William I. Cowin and Judith a. Cowin << Trudy K. duffy < diane L. Engel Sarah B. Epstein (SSW’82) and david I. Epstein (GSM’84) << Emily S. Hancock (SSW’74) < Lauren J. Komack (SSW’72) << dorothy Kopel << Isabelle Lopes (SSW’04, SPH’05) and James C. Lopes << Edith d. Lowy (SSW’88) < Jack McCarthy and Geri McCarthy < donald R. McCaul (SSW’58) < Jerrold Mitchell Wilma C. Peebles-Wilkins < ann K. Salahuddin (MEd’85, SSW’74, MET’81) and Syed Z. Salahuddin < dorothy J. Bergold (SSW’81, SEd’74) << Marcia Strean (SSW’54) < Carol L. Thrane (SSW’91) and Robert K. Martin << Elinor B. Tirre (SSW’55) < Marie L. Yannaco-Grant (SSW’75) and Kenneth G. Grant (STH’75) <

$2,500 - $4,999 Joseph M. Calabrese (SdM’91, SdM’92) and Michele a. Calabrese (SSW’93) << Linda Kilburn (SSW’74) and Bruce Peterson <

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Susan J. Bellinger (SSW’63) < Nancy W. Bruley (SSW’50)

Class of 1978 35th Reunion This past October, the BUSSW Class of 1978 gathered at the BU Castle for an evening of dinner, drinks and conversation with Dean Gail Steketee and Associate Dean Ken Schulman. Dean Steketee discussed several new initiatives at the School, including the hiring of exciting new faculty members and the excellent progress of the online MSW program. Their day began with a lovely breakfast, hosted by classmate Carla Meyer, and attended by special guest Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones, whose work in Boston and around the globe is legendary and continues apace. Many thanks to the members of the planning committee: Debi Dulberg, Jonas Goldenberg, Cyndi Jones and Carol Lambert. If any alumni are interested in planning a class reunion, please contact Associate Dean Ken Schulman at or 617-353-3750.

Seth H. Pritikin (MET’06, CaS’99, GSM’10) and Lawrie E. donovan (SSW’08, CaS’04) < Rosalie B. Epstein (SaR’54, SSW’75) and david M. Epstein < Karen a. Gould (SSW’68) < Rita a. LaBarbera (SSW’90) Gladys Lambert (SSW’63) < Sarah B. Lange (SSW’93) < Jeannette F. McInnes (SSW’88) and donald K. Mcinnes donald E. Messer (STH’66, GRS’69) and Bonnie J. Messer (SSW’66) < Harvey I. Newman (SSW’66) and Stephanie Newman < Roberta M. Polk (SSW’55) dorothy N. Ritchie-Valhouli Natalie J. Royster (SSW’63) and Preston M. Royster Evelina F. Sadler (SSW’90) and E. andres Sadler < Nancy R. Stone (CFa’74) < Joan L. Kwiatkowski (SSW’85) and Michael G. Tauber < Janet L. Taylor (SSW’57) Sandra a. Torrielli (SSW’67) < Joseph R. Vergari (SSW’74) Patricia G. Vinter (SSW’89) and Stephen T. Vinter

$250 - $499 anonymous Sheila J. armstead (SSW’85) Jane C. Bartrum (SSW’75) < Nadia Chamblin-Foster (SSW’97) Catherine Ching (SSW’94, SPH’94) Patricia a. darcy (CaS’63, SSW’68) < Robert N. Eskow (SdM’69, SdM’69) and Nancy L. Eskow (CaS’68, dGE’66, SSW’71) < Ruth I. Freedman and donald N. Freedman < William J. Halpin (SSW’03, SPH’06) Martha H. Haskell (SSW’69) and Peter d. Haskell < Cynthia a. Jones (SSW’78) and Steven B. Birnbaum Randi P. Kaplan-Gesten (SSW’85, CGS’79, CaS’81) and Rod Gesten < Julie S. Lynch (SSW’02, SEd’03) and david S. Lynch

Samuel Miller Betty B. Moorehead (SSW’44) << John F. Murphy (COM’84) and Carolyn a. Murphy (SSW’85) < Ellen S. Offner (GSM’79) and arnold a. Offner < Sharon R. Omeara (SSW’73) Joan d. Pic (SSW’86) < dana Powsner (CaS’50, SSW’52) and Henry J. Powsner << Carol R. Rogers (SSW’95, SEd’70) and Martin M. Rogers < Harriet W. Schley (SSW’77) and Leonard L. Schley < Betty J. Ruth (SSW’84, SPH’85) and Ken S. Schulman <<< John H. Schwartz (CaS’63) and Janice H. Schwartz (SSW’69) Robert a. Shaines (LaW’52) and denise T. Shaines (SSW’77) < deborah a. Sheehan (SSW’78) Sybil M. Silver (CaS’59, SSW’62) and daniel B. Silver < dorothy L. Smith (SSW’49) < david I. Solomon (SMG’83) and debra B. Solomon (SSW’87) < Patricia Underwood (SSW’07) and Craig H. Underwood < angela W. Walter (SSW’07, SPH’08) Geoffrey W. Wilkinson (SSW’85) and Sally E. Johnson (SSW’78) david K. Willey (SSW’91, SSW’94) and Lois Levinsky (SSW’74) <

$1 - $249 anonymous (16) Mark a. abbott (SSW’01) and Elizabeth a. abbott ali S. abdullahi (SSW’13) < Richard M. aberman (SSW’78) and Nancy S. aberman Katherine H. abrams (SSW’97) Thomas S. adamczyk (SSW’74) and Jacqueline M. adamczyk Pamela J. adelman (SSW’85) and Steven a. adelman Barbara H. adner (CaS’59) Jennifer G. ahlijanian (SSW’91) and Paul ahlijanian dorothy C. allen (SSW’55) < Robert I. amer (SSW’76) and Pamela V. amer (SSW’76) < ashley J. anderson << Jane S. anderson (SSW’84) and david anderson < Robert W. antelman (MEd’77) and Berni J. antelman (SSW’77, CaS’74) < Maria Pia antonelli (CFa’47, CFa’49) Kira a. armajani (SSW’12, SPH’12) Judith E. armell (SSW’70) and Robert S. armell Brian E. arnold (STH’90, SSW’90) and Joanne M. arnold < Mark aron (SSW’82) and Cindy M. aron Sharon L. ash Tancredi (SSW’99) < Nancy C. atwood (MET’72, SSW’75) < Lynn P. audette (SSW’94) and Richard J. audette < Judith H. Babcock (SSW’84) Jacqueline T. Badeau (SSW’95) and Charles d. Badeau Troy C. Bailey (LaW’99) and Mary C. Bailey (SEd’00, SSW’00) < Lawrence N. Bailis < Marjorie a. Ballou (SSW’89) and William R. Ballou Christine Bandoni (SSW’02) Karen M. Barber (SSW’05) Requina M. Barnes (SSW’04) June M. Barrack (SSW’52) << Barbara B. Barrett (SSW’89) and John H. Barrett < Barbara Barshay (SSW’67) and Jacob Barshay < Francis S. Bartolomeo (SSW’89) Thomas M. Battin (SSW’78) and daryl J. Battin (SSW’76) < Mildred H. Bauer (SSW’55) < Phyllis B. Bausher (SSW’68) and Larry P. Bausher < Shirley L. Bean (SSW’55) Patricia L. Beauchemin (SSW’86) and Lionel Beauchemin < Charles a. Beaverson (SSW’63) < diane L. Becker (SSW’60) Eve Beerman (SSW’83) < Heidi M. Behr (SSW’00, SPH’01) and Mark Egeland Irene Belozersky (SSW’88) and alexander Belozersky Marilyn Benson and Herbert Benson

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Miriam E. Berliner (SSW’54) and Richard Berliner Berthlyn M. Bernier (SSW’97, SPH’99) < Elizabeth I. Bernier (SON’79) < arthur G. Bernstein (SSW’70) Suzanne Black (SSW’84) Hannah G. Bloch (SSW’90) Stanley S. Blumenstein (CaS’58) and Rachel Blumenstein (SSW’54) Carol S. Blumental (CaS’63, SSW’65) and George Blumental Genevieve O. Boehme (SSW’00) and Michael W. Boehme < Chana R. Bogsted (SSW’91) Claudia I. Boldman (SSW’80) < Jane davis Bose (SSW’47) < James E. Bourque (SSW’73) and Gail Bourque < Joellen Bower (SSW’85) Regina E. Bower (SSW’92) and Robert a. Bower < Brian J. Brady (SSW’78) < Elinor C. Brady (SSW’70) and Patrick F. Brady Jennifer S. Brandel (SSW’98) < J. Lynn Branfman (SEd’72, SSW’87) and alan R. Branfman Garland R. Brassfield (SSW’80) and Louis R. Silipo Christiana Bratiotis (GRS’09) Leslie Brennan (SSW’94) < Marilyn S. Brier (SSW’69) and Michael J. Brier < Katherine I. Britton (SSW’03) < Sara M. Brockway (SSW’07) < Miriam Bronstein (SSW’90) << Jeffrey a. Brown (LaW’73, LaW’75) and Barbara H. Brown (SSW’71) < Sukhdeep Bubbra (SSW’97) < Paula L. Budnitz (SSW’69) and Mark E. Budnitz < Rosalie S. Budnoff (SSW’50) George R. Bulger (SSW’67) < Elizabeth a. Burden (SSW’91, SPH’92) < Barbara L. Burka (SSW’85) and Eliot M. Burka Karen E. Burns (SSW’84) and James F. Burns Elizabeth W. Buswick (SSW’10) < Edward M. Butrick (SSW’85, SEd’74) Ronald L. Caldarone (SSW’77) and Teresa a. Caldarone John F. Canavan (SSW’87) and Louise L. Canavan Ronald Caplain < James M. Caramello (SSW’58) and Caroline d. Caramello < Maria V. Carrasco Pavez < Carol K. Carroll (SSW’94) < Elizabeth V. Carruthers (SSW’94) and John B. Pendleton < Louis d. Carter (SSW’54) << Crista M. Cavicchio (SSW’05, SEd’06) Peter K. Chan (SSW’74) and Laura H. Chan < Myrna Chan MacRae (SSW’98, SPH’99) Stephanie T. Chang (SSW’10) < Pamela a. Charney (SSW’91)< denise S. Chazin (SSW’12) and Steve M. Chazin Yi-Chin Chen (CaS’01, SSW’03)< Troy W. Clark (SSW’79) and Jane a. Clark < Rosenie Clervil < Susan J. Coe (SSW’72) and S. douglas Coe alexander M. Cohen (SSW’10, SPH’11) < Margaret H. Cohen (SSW’81) Robert H. Cohen (SSW’56) and Ruth K. Cohen < Catherine a. Coleman (SSW’51) < Brett C. Collins (SSW’07) < Cindy Jo a. Collon (SSW’94) < Joanna R. Colton (SSW’96, CaS’89) and david J. alperovitz Jayde Campbell (SSW’02) and Kerry L. Conaghan < Keith a. Conant (SSW’90) and Marcia S. Conant < Leonard S. Confar (STH’51, SSW’53) and Nancy S. Confar (STH’51) < amy Conwell (SSW’92) < James E. Cooney (SSW’78) and Norma a. Cooney < Byron a. Coparanis (SSW’54) C. Nelson Corey (SEd’53) and Kathleen M. Corey (SSW’51) < Richard S. Corry (SSW’57) and Virginia L. Clower < Norman d. Corwin (MEd’57) and dorothy J. Corwin (SSW’57) << Mary J. Cowan (SSW’10) < Jane R. Coyle (SSW’76) and d. Lorne Coyle < Barbara L. Cracknell (MET’78, SSW’91) and Terry a. Cracknell << Lisa a. Cremer (SSW’08, SPH’09) <

Richard J. Cresta (SSW’93, SPH’94) Kelly B. Crowley (SSW’03) and Paul W. Breimyer < Sharon Cruz (SSW’00) and James M. Cruz Ronna dallal (SSW’79, MET’74) and amir dallal < Cynthia J. adamski (SSW’78) and Stewart dalzell < Marcia L. Baxter (SSW’77) and Bruce C. damon < Phyllis R. dana (SSW’68) < Margery H. daniels (SSW’92) and Thomas R. daniels < Susan I. dansker (SSW’71) < Lucy S. darragh (SSW’08) Maurie C. davidson (SSW’67) Milton davidson (SMG’54) and ann H. davidson (SSW’54) < Jessica a. davine (SSW’08, SPH’10) < douglas W. deitz (CaS’78, GSM’82) and Harriet S. deitz (SSW’82, SEd’78) < anthony deJesus (SSW’90) < antoinette M. delMonico (GRS’13) < Patricia a. deRosa (GRS’83, SSW’83) Camillo G. deSantis (SSW’53) and Lois C. deSantis Robert M. dichter (GSM’84) and Gayle dichter Victor S. dietz (SdM’71, SdM’72) and Blanche G. dietz (SSW’86, SEd’72) < Rebecca C. diggins (CaS’02, SSW’06) < Necole M. diggs (SSW’01) < Matthew G. dimick (STH’13, SSW’13) < Noelle C. dimitri (SSW’00) < denise O. diorio (SSW’85) and Joseph M. diOrio < Lesley a. dixon (SSW’97) < Loretta M. dixon (CaS’52, dGE’49, SSW’56) daniel L. do < alice W. dorn (SSW’51) Monique K. doussard (SSW’06) and aleksandar d. Jovovic < Susan H. dowell (SSW’65) and Robert F. dowell Hilda a. Earsy (SSW’93) and Paul G. Earsy < Elise d. Eckelkamp (SSW’94, SEd’95) and Jeffrey S. Eckelkamp deon S. Edwards (SSW’85) and Walter H. Edwards Corey M. Ehly < arthur Eisenberg (SSW’57, CaS’55) and Elaine F. Eisenberg << Jane a. Eisenstark (SSW’81, CaS’66) Michael a. Ellis (SSW’97) and Cathy Ellis Paul H. Ephross (SSW’57) < Nancy J. Fagan (SSW’88) and Thomas G. Wourgitis Mary C. Fallon (SSW’68) and Phillip J. Fallon < a. Lyndsay Famariss (SSW’03) < Marieka C. Farrenkopf (SSW’00, SEd’00) < Sarah E. Farver (SSW’12) < Irma S. Feldman (SSW’54) < deborah J. Fenn (SSW’86) Judith M. Fernberg (SSW’13) < Robert Fettig (SSW’96) Cary N. Feuerman (SdM’85, SdM’83) and Laura a. Feuerman (SSW’83) Iris C. Fineberg (GRS’02) < Michele J. Fishel (SSW’74) and Barry L. Weisman Madeline B. Fisher (SSW’68) Mildred Flashman (PaL’43, SSW’45) and Silas Flashman < Mary E. Foley (SSW’93) << John L. Forbes (SSW’55) and Nora T. Forbes < Margaret E. Ford (SSW’63) < Nancy Forman (SSW’73) < Miriam J. Foss (SSW’72) and Forrest R. Foss Cheryl a. Foster (SSW’73) Eriko T. Frank (SSW’06) < Jane S. Freed (SSW’75) and Gerald M. Freed << Rebecca Freedman (SSW’01) Isabel S. Freeman (SSW’70) and John H. Freeman < Elizabeth M. Frendo (SSW’49) and Philip P. Frendo < Susan W. Friedman (SSW’89, SPH’90) and alan S. Friedman < alexander W. Froom (STH’12, SSW’12) Susan G. Fu (SSW’71) < W. Thomas Fuller (CGS’58, CaS’75) and Carol S. Fuller (SSW’80) Shira G. Gadot (SSW’13) < Peter W. Gariti (SSW’69) and Katherine O. Gariti < Bernice R. Gartner (SSW’47) and david S. Gartner diane W. Gates (SSW’84) and Paul H. Gates deborah d. Gendron (SSW’07) and John a. Gendron Marie L. Gerace (SSW’88, CaS’81) and andrew doherty <

Linda d. Gershman (SSW’76) < Claire R. Gerstein (SSW’72) < Suzana Gertrudes (SSW’00) and daniel Gertrudes < Melissa a. Gilbarg (SSW’13) < Jane R. Gill (CaS’54, SSW’56) Nanci Ginty-Butler (SSW’01) and Ethan Butler < diane F. Gittinger (SSW’71) and John W. Gittinger < Lauren K. Glassman (SSW’71) and Steven d. Glassman < Shayna Gochberg (SSW’55) and Sumner H. Gochberg << Kathryn L. Goettge < Ernest a. Goetz (LaW’74) and Lois P. Goetz (SSW’75) amy L. Goland (SSW’13) < Barbara S. Goldstein (SSW’51) and abraham Goldstein < david C. Fixler (CaS’84) and Renee B. Goldstein (SSW’89) Joseph H. Golner (CaS’49, SSW’51, SEd’69) and Marjorie E. Kettell (CaS’47, GRS’54, GRS’64) Katherine S. Gong (SSW’77) and Barry Finkel Elizabeth M. Goodchild (SSW’03) < Mark d. Goodwin (SSW’87, SPH’87) < Joel S. Gopen (dGE’57, CaS’59, SSW’61) and Miriam S. Gopen (SEd’74) < Jayne E. Gordon (SSW’80) and Joel Gordon < Joan L. Gordon (SSW’75) Patricia L. Gordy (SSW’73) and Steve R. Gordy < Tami L. Gouveia Vigeant (SSW’01, SPH’02) < ashley R. Granger (SSW’13) < Patricia L. Grant (SSW’07) Cathleen a. Gray (SSW’68) and James Gray < S. Emilie Green (SSW’78) Michael Greenstein (SSW’91) Jane M. Griffin (SSW’97) and John R. Griffin << Miriam Gross (SSW’62) and Philip Gross < Mary E. Grosso (SSW’05) and daniel L. Grosso < anne C. Groves (SSW’59) and Stephen H. Groves < Joyce d. Grucan (SSW’90) and Robert Grucan deborah Guptill (SSW’67) Lisl K. Hacker (SSW’09, SEd’09) < april d. Hackley (SSW’98) and Patrick d. Hackley < Bonnie J. Hallisey (SSW’75) and Paul M. Hallisey < daphne E. Hallowell (SSW’65) and Lee H. Hallowell Mary Halpin (SSW’93) < Patricia a. Hardy (SSW’08) Ellen B. Harrington (SSW’87) << Jane S. Harrington (SSW’61) < Peter M. Harrington < Martha E. Hartman (SSW’62) and Karl a. Hartman < Patricia M. Hartung (SSW’59) and duane J. Hartung < Mary S. Hartzell (SSW’53) < Richard J. Hassinger (SSW’82) and Kathryn Hassinger <

Helene M. Hastings (SSW’13) < Suzanne Hauck (SSW’94) < Muriel C. Hazebrouck (SSW’77) < Joe L. Hegel (LaW’78) and Marielaine Hegel (SSW’78) < Bonnie L. Hennig (CaS’87, SSW’89) < adriana B. Hernandez (CaS’09, SSW’11) Phyllis R. Hersch (SSW’67) and Charles Hersch < Catherine a. Hess (SSW’80) < Lucy L. Hill (SSW’72) and david L. Hill < Peter W. Hogan (SSW’81) < a. Kendall Holbrook (CaS’59) and Sandra G. Holbrook (SSW’94) < Zoe E. Holder (SSW’13) < Sandra S. Horne (SSW’63) and William a. Horne < amanda C. Horowitz (SSW’08, SPH’10) < Marjorie a. Horsey (SSW’72) Laura M. Hudson < Hope M. Hussey (SSW’07) and Michael S. Hussey Megan B. Hyatt (SSW’13) < alice T. Hyslop (SSW’69) and Thomas a. Hyslop < Kenneth Ingber (LaW’79) and Selma Ingber (SSW’78) < Karen E. Ingerman (SSW’93) and Edward F. Ingerman < Robert M. Insoft (MEd’88) and andrea W. Insoft (SSW’87) Gordon Isakson (CGS’72) and Jeanette B. Isakson (SSW’79) < Marcia U. Jackson (SSW’76) Sara L. Jackson (SSW’13) < Mitchell Jaffe (SSW’52, SEd’53) and Evelyn Jaffe < Katharyn M. Jankovsky < Lucille M. Jerome (SSW’78, GRS’95) aleta B. Johnson (SSW’86) and douglas Johnson Renita K. Johnson (SSW’84) and Lawrence P. Johnson Rollin E. Johnson (STH’61, CGS’55, SEd’57) and Carol J. Johnson (SSW’59, MET’77) < Vienna M. Johnson (SSW’99) < Catherine B. Johnston (SSW’12) < Robert E. Jolley (SSW’72) and Cheryl a. Jolley < donnamarie Jones (SSW’82) and Roger W. Jones Russell C. Jones (SPH’91) and Louise C. Jones (SSW’92) < Helen R. Jordan (SSW’72) Roberta E. Jordan (SSW’09) Mark d. Jose (SSW’75) and Barbara P. Covey Sally I. Kaitz (SSW’83) Carin a. Kale (SSW’84) Eric L. Kamba (SSW’04, SPH’05) and Viviane T. Kamba (SPH’10) < Gary a. Kaplan (SSW’69) and Joan F. Kaplan (dGE’66, CaS’68) < Manuel E. Kaplan < Kathleen E. Kassay (SSW’01)


Joan Kwiatkowski, SSW’85

tokyo, Japan

Barrington, RI

Susan J. Bellinger, SSW’63

Carla Meyer, SSW’78

new York, nY

Campaign Co-Chair Boston, MA

Cassandra Clay, SSW’79 Campaign Co-Chair Jamaica Plain, MA

Doreen Saskin, SSW’81

John Drew, SSW’70, P’90

Naomi Stanhaus, SSW’70

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL

toronto, ontario

Sarah Brody Epstein, SSW’82 Joan Strauss, SSW’70 Palo Alto, CA

new York, nY

Annette S. Eskind, SSW’51

Steve Tirado, SSW’82

nashville, tn

Castro Valley, CA

Nancy Karp, SSW’78

Patricia Underwood, SSW’07

Brookline, MA

Brookline, MA Currents



Donors Honor Roll

Kami J. Kato (SSW’98) < Marcia Kaufman (SSW’50) Julio Valladares (GSM’99) and Mary a. Keefe (SSW’77) Melissa M. Keel (CaS’72, SSW’75) and Harry W. Keel < Whitney M. Kemp (SSW’12) Hope W. Kenefick (SSW’92, GRS’02) Patricia R. donahue (SSW’06) and Kent C. Kennedy < Vichenny K. Keo-Sam (MET’94, SSW’99) Elizabeth H. Kerr (SSW’13) < Wayne M. Kessler (SSW’86) Julia E. Kimball (SSW’05, SEd’08) Margaret R. Kimball (SSW’82) and Charles Hardenbergh anne T. Kimmerling (SSW’08) H. Faye askew King (SSW’77) and Richard F. King < Eleanor Klau (SSW’63) Carol Klein (SSW’60) and david M. Klein < Ellen P. Klein (SSW’72) and Jared S. Klein < Kimberly Kline (SSW’97, SEd’98) < Suzanne R. Klumpp (SSW’90) and andrew Klumpp < Caroline C. Knott (SSW’62) and Robert G. Knott Constance J. Koerner (SSW’70) < Barbara K. Kondilis (SSW’98, SPH’99) < Tamara E. Konig (SSW’06, SPH’08) < Gwendolyn a. Kopka (SSW’80) and Richard Kopka Herbert J. Korn (COM’61) and Roberta Hodson (SSW’77) < Gail H. Korrick (SSW’60, CGS’56) and Ira Korrick < athanasia M. Kostakis (SSW’13) and Peter J. Kostakis < Kevin M. Kozin (SSW’09, STH’09) and Katherine E. Kozin < Brianne Krauth (SSW’13) < Jeanette Kruger (SSW’81, SSW’82) and Betty Kruger Kathy a. Kuhn (SSW’77) Jane B. Kuniholm (SSW’70) and Peter F. Kuniholm < Betty Kurkulos (CaS’49, SSW’58) < Elizabeth E. Laplanche (SSW’13) < James a. Fitzsimmons (SSW’78) and annett LaRocque < Louise J. Leavenworth (SSW’51) Thomas P. LeBlanc (SSW’82) < Jaime E. Lederer (SSW’08, SPH’10) Susan S. Lederer (SSW’74, CaS’71) << Katherine W. Lee (SSW’99) Cecilia Leland (SSW’82) Elayne Lepes (SSW’87, SEd’69) and Jeffrey Lepes < Rachel Lerner (SSW’90) Madeline S. Levine (SSW’76) and Stanley Levine Phyllis M. Levine (CaS’54, SSW’58) < Elliott H. Libman (SSW’82) Jaclyn Lichtenstein (SSW’79) and Paul Haley < dennis B. Lind (MEd’66) and Judy a. Lind (SSW’66) < Katherine F. Lipman (SSW’07) Mary V. Lisbon (SSW’94, SPH’00) alyssa E. Lodewick (STH’13, SSW’13) << Louise N. Loewenstein (SEd’87, SEd’64) Lisa M. LoFaso (SSW’10) < Ingrid S. Longo (SSW’91) Joya a. Lonsdale (SSW’06) < Louise M. Lord (STH’82, SSW’82) and Thomas G. Lord < Jeanne P. Louizos (SSW’68) < Susan L. Lovett (SSW’98) Patricia Loza (SSW’07) < anne P. Ludlow (SSW’90) and david J. Kuzara Gypsy B. Lyle (SSW’64) and david L. Lyle < Brittany M. Lynch (SSW’13) < Katherine M. Lynch (SSW’77) <

Cary N. Mack (SSW’69) and Katherine F. Mack < Bridget K. Macke (SSW’13) and Peter W. Bailer < Kathleen M. Mackenzie (SSW’92) Pandora L. MacLean-Hoover (SEd’80, SSW’97) < Jamille Freed (SSW’90) and Robert a. MacWilliams < Cassandra E. Maher (SSW’90) < Chad J. Majiros (SSW’08) and Kelly Majiros (CaS’98) < Myroslava M. Makuch < Helen W. Malinowski (CaS’03, SSW’10) < ann E. Malone and Michael T. Malone Herbert Mapp < Elizabeth H. Marcus (SSW’55) and Irving E. Marcus John B. Markoff (SSW’74) and Laurie S. Markoff Jamie W. Marshall (SSW’05, SPH’06) < Gerald C. Martin (SSW’63) and Janet Martin Janine J. Martinez-Salazar (SSW’13) < david J. Martino (SSW’13) < Mary W. Mathias (SSW’90) Nikole Matzouranis (SSW’97) Louise M. Mcbey (SSW’13) < david E. Mcdonald (SSW’72) and Sheila S. Mcdonald < Sarah E. Mcdonald (SSW’13) < Jane K. McGrath (SSW’53) < donna McLaughlin (SSW’94) << david K. McNamara (SSW’84) and Lauren C. Berman (SSW’80) Raymond McPhie (SSW’95) and annette H. Mcphie (MET’97, MET’92) << ann C. Mcwalters (SSW’95) < Ellen F. Meltzer (SSW’56) < Sylvia L. Memolo (SSW’76) and Ralph Memolo < deborah Mendleson (SSW’95) Lois S. Mezer (SSW’49) and Robert R. Mezer < Ronald J. Michaud (SSW’65) and Hilary B. Michaud < Joseph S. Michelson and Sonia Michelson < dorothy J. Miesel (SSW’07) < Margaret J. dieter (SSW’68) and Richard W. Miller Maria M. Baeza (SSW’77) and John M. Miller Catherine a. Mitchell (SSW’03) < Natalie S. Mitton (SSW’46) and Parker B. Mitton < andrea G. Monderer (SSW’91) and Stewart Monderer < Meagan d. Monteiro (SSW’06) and Christopher J. Monteiro Penelope Moore (SSW’11) < Christopher G. Morawski (SSW’12) < Julie E. Morgan (SSW’11) < Earl d. Morris (SSW’51) and Helen N. Morris < Jay M. Morrison (SSW’71) and Susan J. Morrison Robert L. Morrison (GRS’92, SSW’07) and Emily Morrison < Theresa a. Moynahan (SSW’04) < Rebecca L. Mulhern (SSW’02) < Megan a. Murdoch (SSW’13) < Jordana R. Muroff < Frances Nadash (SSW’55) and Peter Nadash Phyllis B. Namrow (SSW’60, CaS’56) < Eleanor I. Nay-Chiles (SSW’68) and W. Scott Chiles < Julius S. Newman (GRS’53, SSW’58) Graham Holmes (GSM’85) and Nancy J. Newton (SSW’81) < Kristina F. Niccoli (SSW’71) < Joyce Nicholas (SSW’71) and Roger a. Nicholas < Margaret R. Nichols (SSW’50) and Paul R. Nichols << Marilyn a. Nolan (SSW’59) and George Nolan Peter J. Noonan (SSW’70, GSM’77) and Pamela B. Noonan (SEd’69) < Richard W. Norcross (SSW’65)

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BUSSW IN THE NEWS Times Higher Education Puts BU 22nd of Top 100 Health, Clinical Programs Worldwide For the second year in a row, BU's health and medical education programs have been named among the top 100 worldwide in the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, conducted by thomson Reuters. the influential survey ranked BU 22nd for clinical, preclinical, and health programs, an advancement from 29th place last year. the ranking applies to the school of Medicine, the school of Public Health, the Henry M. Goldman school of Dental Medicine, sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation sciences, and the school of social Work, according to thomson Reuters. HRSA-Funded BUSSW Program Named as Model for Building Social Service Capacity at White House Briefing Led by the Council of social Work education (CsWe), 160 social workers were enthusiastically welcomed into the historic Dwight D. eisenhower executive office Building for a White House briefing titled, "Addressing the social Determinants of Health in a new era: the Role of social Work education" in october. During the briefing, Health Resources and services Administration (HRsA) Deputy Administrator Dr. Marcia Brand pointed to the HRsA-funded Boston University school of social Work program, In the Community Mental Health training for social Workers Program (ICMH), as a model for building social service capacity to meet the nation's health workforce needs.

School of Social Work Had Very Strong Presence at APHA Annual Meeting the Boston University school of social Work had more than three dozen presentations by faculty members, MsW/MPH students and alumni at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & exposition, held nov. 2-6, in Boston. During the conference, Clinical Associate Professor Betty J. Ruth was awarded the Insley/evans Public Health social Worker of the Year Award from the Public Health social Work section of APHA. the awards committee recognized Ruth for her years of service to the profession, her trailblazing role as an educator in the field of public health social work, and her steadfast efforts to increase the number of MsW/MPH dual-degree programs around the country. School of Social Work Helps Celebrate BU International Education Week 2013 on november 13, the school of social Work held a panel presentation that highlighted the work of faculty in the following areas: nGo and community development in Croatia, Building Refugee and Immigrant Degrees for Graduate education (BRIDGe), teaching social work in Vietnam, Puerto Rico cultural immersion and research, social work learning opportunities in West Africa, and future travel, study, and research opportunities.

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Sima Osdoby (‘68), of Rockville, MD, is chair of emerge Maryland, an organization for “women leaders for a democratic future,” and a consultant in democracy, governance, civil society and nonprofits.

Geoff Wilkinson (SSW ’85), of Milton, MA, has been promoted to director of policy and planning with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Ronnye Halpern (‘69), of new York, nY, is an independent psychotherapist with specialties in grief, loss, trauma and addictions.

Mark Goodwin (‘87), of Bronx, nY, is the sickle Cell program coordinator at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and a practicing attorney who specializes in trusts, estate planning and elder care issues.

Sandra Barrett (‘78), of Lorton, VA, has a private practice—Appalachian therapy, Consulting, and Assessments—in Marlow Heights, Maryland. Mark Alter (‘81), of Portland, oR, worked for 25 years with the Boys and Girls Aid society of oregon, where he was a crisis case manager and crisis counselor. now, Alter is very active with the Wy’east Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Portland, where he organizes services, edits the newsletter and holds the role of lead social justice coordinator. Bob Chase (‘83), of Berlin, Ct, is working on the fifth edition of his book on spanish for healthcare professionals. Chase also teaches spanish and is a forensic social worker.

Susan Yi-Millette (CAS ‘87, MET ‘87, SSW ‘88), is an adjunct faculty member at Clark University’s College of Professional and Continuing education, and is also the MPA program and capstone coordinator. Ed Greene (SSW ’92), of soquel, CA, was inducted into swarthmore College’s Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame on october 4, 2013. He played football, baseball, and track and field while in school, and graduated in 1985. He is now the assistant director of admissions and records at Mission College in California. Larry Betcher (‘93), of Portland, oR, is the behavioral health program supervisor in the Adult outpatient service at Providence Portland Medical Center.

IN MEMORIAM Adrienne Asch Dr. Adrienne Asch, a former faculty member in the Human Behavior department (1992-1994) and a leading scholar and activist in bioethics, reproductive rights, professional ethics and disability, died on november 19, 2013. Asch was the director of the Center for ethics at Yeshiva University and the edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics, and taught courses at Wurzweiler school of social Work, Cardozo school of Law, and Albert einstein College of Medicine. Asch’s work focused on the ethical, political, psychological and social implications of human reproduction and the family. she authored numerous articles and book chapters, and was the co-editor of Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights and The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society. Asch received her doctorate in social psychology from Columbia University and was a member of the board of the American society for Bioethics and Humanities; the Clinton task Force on Health Care Reform; and the ethical, Legal, and social Implications Policy Planning Group of the national Human Genome Research Institute. Asch was a board member of the society of Jewish ethics and the American Civil Liberties Union, a fellow at the Hastings Center and a member of the new York state task Force on Life and the Law. Rebecca (Sonnabend) Leavitt (SSW ’71) Rebecca (sonnabend) Leavitt, of Boston, Mass., died on Friday, october 4, 2013. A former faculty member at Bridgewater state University school of social Work, Leavitt’s expertise in international social work, social work curriculum and social work accreditation took her around the world to places like China and Zimbabwe. Remembrances may be made to the Rebecca Leavitt scholarship for international social work: BsU Foundation, Po Box 42, Bridgewater, MA 02324-0042.


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Eleanor (Peck) Merz (SSW ’69) eleanor Merz (ssW ’69), of Lexington, Mass., died on August 20, 2013. Born in new Jersey, she was valedictorian at new Britain High school, Ct, and then graduated from Brown University. Merz lived in France for a year while her husband, spencer, served in the U.s. navy, before they eventually settled and raised three children in Weston, MA. Merz obtained her MsW degree from Boston University school of social Work and worked in the Brookline Mental Health Clinic, and then the Wayland and Andover schools. Merz lived happily for many years with Hal scheibert, who died earlier this year. A woman of tremendous creative energy, she produced an amazing number of paintings and quilts which she generously bestowed on those around her. With the support of the church community, Merz proudly organized a show at the First Parish in Bedford in october of last year, even though she was in declining health. Merz leaves behind her three children, as well as nine grandchildren, all of whom she adored. Leonard Serkess ( SSW’49) Leonard serkess ( ssW’49), of newton, Mass., died september 11, 2013. Born in Harlem, nY, on January 7, 1925, serkess moved to Dorchester when he was two. serkess received his degree in botany from the University of new Hampshire and began working at the Home for Jewish Children. serkess returned to school for two master’s degrees at Boston University (social work and education) and was eventually promoted to director at the Home for Jewish Children. serkess next became an adoption worker for JFCs, and then went to work in the prison system where he established the first sex offender program. serkess was also the executive director for Jewish Big Brother of Boston, and worked as the director of social services at Flatley nursing homes. serkess retired in 1988 but continued to work parttime in the social work profession.

Liz Stookey Sunde (SSW ’94), of Brattleboro, Vt, is excited to share information about the organization she and her father, noel Paul stookey, founded in 2000. Music2Life designs music-based, social-change experiences that inspire people to act. It began as a national songwriting contest that has evolved into a nonprofit creative production group, that helps organizations move hearts and minds around an issue or toward a common goal. Its three primary areas of focus are program design, music matching and new media strategies. As a result, Music2Life believes that music builds community and activism like no other medium. Deidra (Sexton) Somerville (‘95), of south Holland, IL, is the director of research and sponsored programs at Roosevelt University in Chicago. somerville is also working toward her Ph.D. in social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Pandora MacLean-Hoover (‘SED ‘80, SSW ‘97), of newburyport, MA, is a licensed independent clinical social worker in a private practice. MacLeanHoover developed the “HornyGirlApp,” available in the itunes store now and the app “Assess the stress,” available soon. the HornyGirlApp allows a user to check-in with herself about how “to reduce the likelihood of internal conflict and judgmental self-loathing after sex.” Sharon Zimmerman (SSW ‘97), of somerville, MA, is the deputy executive director of Women’s Action for new Directions (WAnD) in Arlington, MA. WAnD’s mission is to “empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.” Anitza Guadarrama-Tiernan (SSW ‘99), of Waltham, MA, has returned from a brief stay in California and is director of training of the Children’s trust Fund of Massachusetts. Ella Turenne (‘99), of Los Angeles, CA, is assistant dean for community engagement at occidental College. Matt Boone (SSW ‘00), of Little Rock, AR, works at the Department of Veterans Affairs and has finished a book titled Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work, due out in May, 2014. Doreen Reis (‘01), of southington, Ct, is a social worker with Beacon services of Connecticut. Beacon services is a private group practice of behavior analysts, behavioral therapists and specialized therapists providing intensive behavioral/instructional services to individuals with disabilities. the practice specializes in evidence-based treatment for young children with Autism spectrum Disorder (AsD) and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). Stephanie Stidham (‘01), of orange, CA, is a case management specialist with Mix solutions. Terry Moynahan (SSW ‘04), of Cambridge, MA, is the interim director of social work field education at Wheelock College.

Rebecca Diggins (‘06), of south Portland, Me, is now a patient navigator with the American Cancer society. Tania Gelormini (‘06), of tewksbury, MA, is an assistant program director for a residential program for adolescent girls. Rebekah Gowler (SSW ‘08, SPH ‘09) is the director of strategic volunteerism initiatives at new York City’s Coalition Against Hunger.

MSW/MPH Reception The Boston University School of Social Work MSW/MPH Reception was held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at Agganis Arena. The event celebrated the MSW/MPH dual degree program, and gave current and prospective students a chance to meet and mingle with alumni. SSW Dean Gail Steketee and SPH Dean Robert Meenan, Clinical Associate Professors Betty J. Ruth and Luz Lopez spoke about the program, and the Public Health Social Work in Global Health Fellows gave a presentation about their work.

Amanda Horowitz Frank (SSW ’08, SPH ‘10), of Weymouth, MA, was married on May 4, 2013, to Michael Frank, senior director of technology at Athlete’s Performance. the wedding was held at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA, and the newlyweds honeymooned in tahiti and Bora Bora for two weeks.

Ellie Wirzburger (SSW ’08), of Bridgewater, MA, was married on september 29, 2012, to Jessi Robinson, Ms, in Bedford, MA. she currently works as a clinical social worker at the Department of Mental Health.

Ashleigh Soule Diefendorf (SSW ‘09, SPH ’10), of south Portland, Me, is the program coordinator at Maine Quality Counts, an independent healthcare collaborative committed to improving health and healthcare for the people of Maine by leading, collaborating, and aligning improvement efforts. Mary (Lechner) Cowan (SSW ‘10), of seattle, WA, is a child and family therapist at navos Mental Health solutions. Julia Byers (‘13), of seattle, WA, is an infant and early childhood mental health therapist with navos Mental Health solutions. Erica Farrell (SSW ‘13), of Boston, MA, is the supervisor of aging information services/ombudsman director at somervilleCambridge elder services.

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SAVE THE DATE THIRD ANNUAL HUBIE JONES LECTURE IN URBAN HEALTH The Boston University School of Social Work proudly announces the Third Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health on Saturday, April 12, 2014, featuring Dr. Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services. Watch for more details in the spring.

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BUSSW Alumni Association Board Members

Greetings fellow Alumni, Current Students, Faculty and Staff of the BUSSW! I am pleased to share with you some highlights of BUssW Alumni Association Board and steering Committee activity in the last six months: Annual Board Meeting & Alumni Awards Reception on october 26, we held our Annual Alumni Association Board meeting and are proud to report that 16 board members were in attendance. We received a state-of-the-school report from Dean steketee and covered important agenda items related to future First thursday programs, student-alumni events, and the MsW/MPH and Macro planning subcommittees. that evening, we presented Alumni Awards to four incredible BUssW alumni and celebrated their work and incredible contributions. (see photo elsewhere in this issue) MSW/MPH Alumni Reception Many alumni, faculty, staff, and others attended the MsW/MPH Alumni Reception on november 5. this was an incredible event celebrating 35 years of MsW/MPH education at Boston University. the event was so popular that the venue was changed to accommodate more guests. At this event, we learned of an exciting development opportunity for the MsW/MPH program. An anonymous donor is establishing an endowed MsW/MPH scholarship with a $100,000 challenge gift. I hope others will join me in contributing a gift so that we can secure this match and see our MsW/MPH program flourish and grow with the benefit of this crucial financial support. For details, please visit The Alumni-Student Connection the relationship between the BUssW student organization and the Alumni Association Board remains strong. It is becoming tradition to hold two alumni-student events during the school year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Fifteen students and eight alumni attended the networking activity held on november 21. After the event, Meredith Munn, 2nd year student organization representative to the Alumni Board and chief planner of the event commented, “the event was a lot of fun. the alumni were so friendly, helpful, and engaging, and it was great to see so many new faces!” thanks to all the alumni who participated. stay tuned for invitations to the spring event. We look forward a productive winter and spring at the school and with the Alumni Association. In the meantime, all my best for a healthy and happy new Year! Warmly,

Amanda (Horowitz) Frank (MsW ’08, MPH ’10) BUssW Alumni Association President

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Katy Abrams (’07) Austin, tX Jennifer Ahlijanian (’91) exeter, RI Requina Barnes (’04) steering Committee Member, Cambridge, MA Patricia Beauchemin (’86) Warwick, RI Loren Belforti (’15) student Representative, Brighton, MA Betty Bernier (’97) steering Committee Member, Hyde Park, MA Katie Britton (’03) West Roxbury, MA Sukhi Bubbra (’97) toronto, ontario, Canada Pamela Charney (’91) Ft. Lauderdale, FL Yi-Chin Chen (’03) steering Committee Member, West Roxbury, MA Brett Collins (’07) san Francisco, CA Mary Cowan (’10) seattle, WA Lisa Cremer (’08) shaker Heights, oH Kelly Crowley (’03) Lexington, MA Sharon Cruz (’00) Rochester, MA Nickie Diggs (’01) Laurel, MD Noelle Dimitri (’00) Quincy, MA Lesley Dixon (’97) West orange, nJ Marieka Farrenkopf (’00) Portland, oR Sarah Farver (’12) Auburn, WA Amanda (Horowitz) Frank (’08) President, steering Committee Member, Weymouth, MA Nanci Ginty-Butler (’01) Waban, MA Mark Goodwin (’87) Bronx, nY William Halpin (’03) steering Committee Member, Jamaica Plain, MA Cate Johnston (’12) Boston, MA Kami Kato (’98) Mililani, HI Hope Kenefick (‘92) Barrington, nH Barbara Kondilis (’98) Glyfada, Greece Ann McWalters (’95) Berkeley, CA Jody Meisel (’07) Carnation, WA Catherine Mitchell (’03) West newton, MA Chris Morawski (’11) Boston, MA Rebecca Mulhern (’02) Brooklyn, nY Meredith Munn (’14) student Representative, Brighton, MA Kristina Normann (’11) Boulder, Co Michael Novack (’97) steering Committee Member, Waltham, MA Nikki Pollard (’04) Cambridge, MA Doreen Reis (’01) southington, Ct Abby Ross (’08) Vice President, steering Committee Member, Boston, MA Erica Scoppetti (’05) steering Committee Member, Brookline, MA Allison Srinivalan (’00), Mumbai, India Taffy Smith Ruggeri (’05) Greenfield, MA Deidra Somerville (’95) south Holland, IL Stephanie Stidham (’01) orange, CA Elizabeth Stookey Sunde (’94) Wilder, Vt Sharon Ash Tancredi (‘99) scarborough, Me Michelle Thesing (’92) tucker, GA Amneris Torres (’12) Jamaica Plain, MA Erika Vargas (’10) Aiea, HI Esther Velasquez (’09) Brookline, MA Christina Weeter (’04) Alexandria, VA Jamie Marshall (’06) Great Falls, Mt Lindsey Young (’09) Redondo Beach, CA

App Frenzy: The Best Smartphone Applications for Social Workers By NINA FOLLMAN (COM ‘14)


ou don’t have to be tech-savvy to use smartphone applications. now that 56 percent of Americans are smartphone users, they’re a part of everyday life. since the first smartphone apps introduced in 2008, we’ve been using apps to write emails, text friends and look up directions. Many years and innovations later, developers have created applications specifically for social workers. Here are the best social work apps plus a few others that make life easier. the socialWorkHelper app is designed to do just that. the mobile app provides breaking news, both locally and internationally, as well as the latest on social issues, entertainment, social justice, health, technology, and more. You can also keep the conversation going by engaging with other readers in the social work helper community, where you can share articles and blog posts. this free app is available for iPhone and Android markets. the savvy social Worker is a similar app developed by the University at Buffalo school of social Work only for the Android market. It was designed to help social workers stay current with new happenings in social work practice, including evidence-based practices and best practices. this app will give you information about key resources and research findings in a simple e-news reader format (all for free). Prepping for an exam can be a daunting task, but the Clinical social Worker exam Prep app can help you stay on track. Available on iPhone and Android for $4.99, the exclusive study app was designed to help you prepare for the AsWB Clinical Level social Work Licensing exam. the next set of apps outlined here will help manage everyday tasks during a busy work week: Google voice is a free app that adds a second phone line to your cell phone. this app is ideal for the social worker in a field placement or in

contact with patients, who may not want to share a personal number. Google Voice allows you to screen and block callers, send and receive text, archive call logs, and more. evernote is an easy-to-use free app that keeps you organized, saves your ideas, and improves productivity, across all your devices. Available for

iPhone and Android, evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, and record voice memos—all completely searchable. Dropbox is a useful app that lets you keep all your photos, documents and videos in one place. share and access files from any device, even the Dropbox website. Change the world, and change your life, one app at a time.

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deeply generous donor and great fan of SSW has stepped up and offered a $100,000 challenge grant in support of our nationally known MSW/MPH program. This challenge is meant to be a motivator, an incentive, and a terrific way to building our scholarship and other funds in support of this program. The challenge grant of $100,000 will come to SSW if — and rather when! — we gather $100,000 in donations and pledges to the School between now and December 31, 2014. The donor will match pledges and donations dollar for dollar, with proceeds going to endowed scholarship support. donor gifts in any amount are welcome. Your pledge or gift is most needed — and will be gratefully accepted — for use in supporting scholarships. You may donate online at — please indicate MSW/MPH Challenge under Gift designation. If you have questions about your giving or want to learn of other ways to financially assist the School of Social Work, contact Director of Development Tracey Rezendes at or 617-358-5599.


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The Boston University School of Social Work Alumni Magazine

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