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School of Social Work’s Dickinson Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Nancy Dickinson, Phd, MSSW, clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, was awarded the National Staff Development and Training Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award at its national conference in Savannah, Ga., in September.

The mission of the NSDTA, a division of the American Public Human Services Association, is to build professional and organizational capacity in the human services field through a national network of members sharing ideas and resources on organizational development, staff development, and training.

Here are excerpts from the nomination letter written by Charmaine Britten, PhD, MSW, director for organizational development at the University of Denver:

“Nancy’s impact on the field over her 40-plus year career has been substantial — inspiring people and projects that have truly made a difference in the field of human services training and organizational development. She is a beloved leader, colleague, and supervisor throughout the nation. Beginning in 1973, she has held child welfare training leadership positions at the University of Tennessee, the University of California (Davis and Berkeley), the University of North Carolina, and the University of Maryland.

“Currently, Nancy is the project director, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, and clinical professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work. Just prior to NCWWI, Nancy was project director for the North Carolina Recruitment and Retention Project that helped to establish recruitment and retention as necessary for effective organizations and led to the founding of NCWWI. She completed a rare randomized clinical trial, engaging and assigning 34 North Carolina counties to experimental and control conditions and demonstrating that her intervention made a significant difference in child welfare worker stability.

“As the project director for NCWWI since 2008, she has led a transformation of workforce development in the child welfare field with the development of a constellation of interventions targeted at various organizational levels, including the seminal Leadership Competency and Workforce Development Frameworks. NCWWI has a listserv with over 20,000 members from throughout the nation emphasizing the scope of how her efforts have touched the field. Her achievements show her to be a remarkable visionary whose belief in the power of workforce development has led to transformational change in the child welfare field.

“As project director for NCWWI, Nancy led a consortium of multiple University partners to develop and implement a national leadership academy for middle managers and supervisors, a network of deans and directors, ongoing resource collection of workforce-related materials, implementation of a comprehensive organizational intervention, and an extensive network of agency-university partnerships.

“Nancy was also on the NSDTA executive council for more than 15 years, elevating training and organizational effectiveness through the establishment of NSDTA. Her leadership in NSDTA has contributed to its stature today.”


Matt Conn Education, PeopleOctober 5, 20170 comments
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Seminar with Dr. Laura Stapleton Will Explore Research Methods

Laura Stapleton, PhD, MEd, professor in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation (EDMS) in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), will hold a research seminar Oct. 19 at 12:15 p.m. in Room 4E26 at the School of Social Work.

In this hands-on presentation, suggested steps for questionnaire development and validation will be discussed and participants will be challenged to critique example items and undertake qualitative validation processes. Quantitative validation processes also will be discussed and a general outline of steps in the creation and validation process will be provided.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Jen Canapp by Oct. 16.

In addition to her UMCP professorship, Stapleton serves as associate director of the research branch of the Maryland State Longitudinal Data System Center. She joined the faculty of EDMS in the fall of 2011 after being on the faculty in Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas in Austin. She also serves each year on the faculty of the National Center for Education Research-funded Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Before earning her PhD in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation from UMCP in 2001, she was an economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Subsequently, she conducted educational research at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and as associate director of institutional research at UMCP.

Jen Canapp Collaboration, Education, Research, UMB NewsOctober 3, 20170 comments
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Student Scholarships Available for ‘Fighting Hunger’ Conference

Student scholarships are available to attend the seventh annual Fighting Hunger in Maryland Conference, which will be held Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis.

Presented by the Maryland Food Access and Nutrition Network (MFANN), the conference brings together leaders from state and local agencies, nonprofits, schools, and advocacy organizations who will meet to inform, engage, and inspire action to promote equity in food access and nutrition in Maryland.

This year’s conference theme, “Food For Thought,” will provide a deeper look at the causes of hunger and ways to improve strategic outreach, advocacy, and partnerships to address hunger and nutrition in Maryland.

Conference attendees will gain a tool kit of ideas and best practices to make the state’s communities healthy and hunger-free.

Information about the conference and a link to apply for the scholarship can be found here.

Tam Lynne Kelley Community Service, EducationOctober 3, 20170 comments
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Coverdell Fellows Expansion Program at Nursing

The School of Nursing (UMSON) has been approved to launch a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows expansion program through the Peace Corps. After serving in countries around the world, two Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) each year will be offered an opportunity to bring their expertise to communities and neighborhoods in Baltimore while pursuing their studies at UMSON with the help of a $10,000 scholarship that can be applied to tuition and fees.

RPCVs often find careers in health care to be a natural fit, as many have been involved in the field while serving at their posts worldwide. They are known for being highly adept at integrating international and global perspectives into all they do and have learned to work collaboratively across cultures, communities, and countries. This expertise aligns with the increasingly global and cross-cultural focus of nursing and will afford Coverdell Fellows a wide variety of future career options.

“This program will bring more students with global, community-based experience to the School of Nursing and into the profession of nursing, which will expose Baltimore communities to a worldwide view,” said UMSON’s Coverdell Fellows Program Coordinator Lori Edwards, DrPH, MPH, BSN ’80, RN, PHCNS-BC, assistant professor. “It will enhance our shared programs with the University of Maryland School of Social Work, which has had an exemplary Coverdell Program for many years. This interprofessioanal collaboration will be of great value to incoming Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and will strengthen both programs.”

At UMSON, fellows can earn either a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree or a clinical nurse leader master’s degree. As part of their studies, they will enroll in elective courses, offered through the UMB Graduate School, focused on service learning and population health in Baltimore and will have opportunities to become involved in and serve communities during clinical experiences throughout the metropolitan area.

In addition to receiving the scholarship, fellows selected for the program can take advantage of specialized career mentoring from Edwards and from other UMSON faculty who have served in the Peace Corps, as well as networking opportunities with fellows from the School of Social Work.

Since the Coverdell Fellows program’s inception in 1985 at the Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, more than 5,000 RPCVs have participated. The program now includes more than 90 university partners across the country.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 9, 20170 comments
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Social Work’s Thursz Lecture Series

This fall’s Thursz Social Justice Lecture will be a special event. Focusing on “The 2016 Election and the Future of Social Justice in America,” the lecture will feature a panel moderated by Tom Hall, of WYPR-FM’s “Maryland Morning.” Panelists include E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and frequent commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered”; DeRay McKesson, a Black Lives Matter leader and Baltimore City Schools interim chief human capital officer; and (invited) Representative Barbara Lee (D-California).

The event will take place in the School of Social Work Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the School’s lobby. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required. Please go to the School website to register. For more information, please see Michael Reisch, PhD, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice.


Syndicated Washington Post columnist and NPR commentator E.J. Dionne Jr. is the author of two books that focus on essential questions that will dominate the 2016 election season: the newly published and highly acclaimed Why The Right Went Wrong and Our Divided Political Heart. Widely admired for his insights into the alarming polarization of our national politics,

DeRay McKesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity, and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds an honorary doctorate from The New School. McKesson has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. Co-founder of the Protestor newsletter and Campaign Zero, McKesson has become a leading voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that have led to the mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations.

Matt Conn Bulletin Board, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 11, 20160 comments
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Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau

On Oct. 5 at 6 p.m., the next iteration of the SOWK 631 Wednesday Speakers Series brings the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau to the School of Social Work auditorium.

The Speakers Bureau is a public education program that addresses misconceptions and raises awareness of the realities of homelessness. Speakers are homeless and formerly homeless individuals who share their stories with students, communities, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and other interested parties.

The Bureau’s twin goals are to humanize homelessness and to engage the wider community in working toward effective solutions: permanent affordable housing instead of temporary shelters and abandominiums; universal health care instead of fragmented schemes to enrich insurance companies; and adequate incomes for all rather than poverty wages, welfare destitution, and charity.

This is a unique opportunity to engage the real experts on homelessness; the entire SSW community is invited. Please address questions to Jeff Singer at

We are comprised of a coalition of organizations in the Baltimore area that includes Beans and Bread, Project PLASE (People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment) and Health Care for the Homeless.

Matt Conn Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB NewsSeptember 29, 20160 comments
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Reading Partners

Be a Hero. Become a Reading Partner.

Today, four out of five Baltimore City fifth graders cannot read at grade level.

The School of Social Work hosts an information session July 28 for UMB faculty, staff, and students interested in learning more about becoming a reading partner at a Baltimore City school.

When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Where: SSW auditorium
What: Get more information about volunteering to become a reading partner at a local school.

• No formal teaching experience is required
• Commit as little as one hour per week
• Reading centers are open Monday through Thursday at local schools
• Onsite support and in-person training
• Opportunity to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in a child’s life

Invest your time by creating a lasting change in our city.

For more information, contact Amy Burns at

Matt Conn Community Service, University LifeJuly 6, 20160 comments
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SSW Trauma Course

Public Health Social Work Scholars Organize Trauma Course

Students representing all schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) attended a minimester course, “Impact of Community Violence in West Baltimore,” on Jan 9-10. UMB’s Public Health Social Work scholars conducted the two-day program and will oversee carrying out a community service project, which is among requirements for the one-credit elective.

On Saturday, speakers included School of Social Work Professor Edward Pecukonis, PhD, MSW, who spoke about the importance of interprofessional work and SSW Professor Frederick Streider, PhD, MSSA, who gave an overview on trauma and the impact on people’s minds and bodies. Lawrence Brown, PhD, MA, assistant professor at Morgan State University, provided an historical context of trauma and violence in Baltimore.

Students later heard from two panels, one consisting of professors and professionals from across the campus talking about community violence and trauma in their fields and one of community members and community organizations sharing their experiences. Between the panels, the 63 UMB students and four guest registrants broke into small groups, allowing time to process and apply what they were learning.

On Sunday students heard from Lewis Smith, director, youth violence prevention, Baltimore City Health Department; Deputy Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa; and mindfulness instructor Tawanna Kane.

Overall, Pecukonis  and Streider provided context for the ways in which trauma, grief, and violence harm those being raised or living in disenfranchised communities such as the impoverished neighborhoods of West Baltimore.

The scholars are (pictured above) Breanna Becker, Chinonye Donna Egbulem, Mara James, Sarah Sweeney, Lauren Whittaker and Ashlie Williams. Five of the six are dual MSW/MPH candidates, three at UMB and two at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. They are supported at the SSW by the UMB Center for Public Health Social Work Education and Training, whose program coordinator is Anastasia Booth, MPH.

Patricia Fanning Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 15, 20160 comments
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