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From the Dean

I am happy to announce that our MSW program reaffirmation proposal was accepted by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). In her col- umn on page 12, Associate Dean for Educational Programs Mary Ruffolo explains the new collab- oratives that are a part of our proposal.

As of March 1, the School is 95 percent of the way to our $16.5 million goal as part of The Michigan Difference, the university-wide fund- raising campaign. Many thanks to those of you who have contributed; you are making a differ- ence in helping us achieve the goal of a more just, equal, healthy, and productive society.

The most critical need right now is in student support, for which we have raised 71 percent of our goal. Two recent student scholarships—by alumnus Larry Davis (PhD ’77), who is now dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, and by Professor Emerita Kay Reebelhave helped meet needs in this area (see p. 21).

I am thrilled that the alumni Board of Governors has created a Practicum Award to help students participate in out-of-state and international field placements. Please consider giving generously to this amazing opportunity. (See page 20 for more details.)

I am so proud of our students and the initiative they take in working at the state, national, and international levels. The story on pages 18 and 19 gives a glimpse into the experiences of four stu- dents, who are only a sample of the many fine indi- viduals we are privileged to know at the School.

Many students are exercising their leadership skills at the School. On December 7, I met with seven students who are heading up special projects, including the following.

Shannon Andrzejewski, a McGregor Geriatric Fellow, leads Sigma Phi Omega, the Gerontological Honor’s Society. The society is dedicated to pro- moting scholarship, professionalism, and friend- ship to older persons. Besides participating in the Alzheimer’s Walk (see p. 15), Sigma Phi Omega members organized its second annual gift drive for the residents at Northfield Place Nursing Facility in Whitmore Lake.

Dayna Johnson heads the Association of Black Social Work Students (ABSWS), which provides information to the SSW community about HIV/ AIDS to address the epidemic, especially among African Americans. They hosted a movie series dur- ing the fall semester and mentor youth in metro Detroit by providing tutoring and assistance in col- lege preparation activities.

Amber Moore, an active member of Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA), organized an informa- tional session for Proposal 2. On November 7, Michigan voters adopted this proposal, banning affirmative action programs. Diversity, however, remains a central objective for both higher educa- tion and social work. The spirit of fairness, inclu- siveness, and equal opportunity are inherent in the missions of the School and the University.

Amber also helped organize a trip to Washington, D.C., when the Supreme Court heard a challenge to the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case. Just under forty of our students drove through the night to rally with thousands of other students on December 4 to voice support for civil rights in America’s classrooms.

Scott Tharp leads the Men in Social Work Discussion Group (MSWDG), which provides a space for male students, faculty, and staff to sup- port one another and discuss issues of masculinity in a safe, inquisitive environment. The MSWDG also engages in outreach and education. They have collaborated with the Feminist Toolshed to raise awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The vision and exuberance of these students are motivating for all of us.

We are gratified to reach 50 years of our unique and highly cultivating Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science (see p. 22) and hope that many of you will make plans to join us at the anni- versary celebrations on October 11 and 12.

  • Paula Allen-Meares, Dean

Norma Radin Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Professor of Education

Ongoing Winter/Spring 2007



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