School of Social Work Homecoming to Focus on Economic Stability

Continuing the celebration of the 10th anniversary of its Financial Social Work Initiative, the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) will hold its 2018 homecoming events on Friday, March 9, with the theme “Strengthening Family Health: Advancing Economic Stability.”

The daylong event will feature a keynote lecture, panel discussion, and Q&A at the school, followed by an alumni association awards luncheon, breakout sessions, and a networking reception at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.

Keynote Lecture and Panel Discussion

  • Site: School of Social Work, 525 W. Redwood St.
  • Registration and coffee: 8:30 a.m.
  • Lecture and panel discussion: 9 a.m.-noon

Jonathan Mintz, JD, ME, will deliver the lecture, titled, “Bridging the Gap: Making the Case for Financial Empowerment in Family and Community Stability,” followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session.

Mintz is founding president and chief executive officer of the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund, a national nonprofit organization that supports municipal efforts to help low-income families and individuals achieve long-term financial stability. He also founded and co-chaired the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition (CFE Coalition), which brings together pioneering municipal governments from across the country to advance innovative financial empowerment initiatives on the municipal, state, and national levels.

Mintz previously was the longest-serving commissioner in the history of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, appointed to the role by former mayor Michael Bloomberg. During this time, Mintz redefined the department’s regulatory enforcement powers toward a focus on consumer financial stability, re-envisioning consumer rights in fields such as debt collection, process serving, employment, and finance. He also launched the Office of Financial Empowerment, which has been replicated by local governments across the nation to systematically advance programs in financial counseling and education, asset building, and safe banking. Mintz pioneered the “supervitamin effect,” a growing body of programs, policies, and research that measures the positive impacts of integrating financial empowerment services into mainstream local government anti-poverty programs such as workforce development, public housing, domestic violence, prisoner re-entry, and more.

The event moderator will be Jodi Frey, PhD ’04, LCSW-C, MSW ’98, CEAP, associate professor at the School of Social Work; chair, Employee Assistance Program Sub-Specialization; and chair, Financial Social Work Initiative.

Discussion and Q&A Panelists

  • Tania Araya, MSW ’95, coordinator, Family Violence Response Program, Mercy Medical Center
  • John Cagle, PhD, associate professor, UM School of Social Work
  • Christine Callahan, PhD, LCSW-C, research assistant professor, UM School of Social Work
  • Jeffrey Clark, MA, LGSW, MSW ’12, family prosperity coordinator, Promise Heights
  • Sara Johnson, MSW ’02, co-founder and chief operating officer, CASH Campaign of Maryland
  • Robin McKinney, MSW ’01, co-founder and chief executive officer, CASH Campaign of Maryland
  • Lane Victorson, LGSW, MSW ’99, director of community organizing, Neighborhood Fellows Social Work Community Outreach Service

2018 Alumni Association Awards Luncheon

  • Site: Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, 110 S. Eutaw St.
  • Lunch: 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Concurrent breakout sessions: 1:45 p.m. (“Community-Based Programs: SWCOS and Promise Heights,” “Emerging Adults and Social Services,” and “Intimate partner Violence”)
  • Homecoming networking reception: 4 p.m.

Note: Alumni association award winners will be announced via email and presented at the luncheon.

Cost for Daylong Event

  • Alumni: $50
  • Friends $60
  • Students $20 (includes lunch and five Category I Continuing Education Units).

Registration is required. To register, visit this link or call 410-706-1839. For more information on the school’s homecoming, check out this link. Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 26.

Matt ConnPeople, University LifeFebruary 20, 20180 comments

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