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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.
The Times Higher Education (formerly part of the Times of London) uses 13 criteria to compile the ratings. The criteria are grouped in five areas—teaching, international outlook, research, research income from industry, and citations of faculty research. The rankings examine research influence by tracking the number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally. This year Thomson Reuters examined more than 50 million citations to 6 million journal articles published over five years in assembling the rankings, according to the Times website.
(via BU Today – see the full article here.)
A Conversation on Community Organizing: Alumnus Greg Rosenberg Discusses His Work in Community Land Trusts
We recently sat down with alumnus Greg Rosenberg (SSW ’85) to learn more about his work in community organizing. See what he had to say…
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I graduated from the School of Social Work in 1985 with a degree in Community Organizing, Management and Planning (COMP), with a minor in group work. I became attracted to the notion of working to change underlying social problems instead of assisting people in being better able to accommodate existing conditions. I didn’t want to be a Band-Aid, I wanted to be part of the solution. Dean Hubie Jones was a huge inspiration. My second year, I gave a speech at a student assembly about the need to improve the quality of instruction at BUSSW. Instead of reprimanding me for criticizing for his school, Dean Jones told me that I would have to do a lot better than that if I was going to be an effective community organizer. He was right, of course, and he won me over immediately. He taught me that fiery speeches without any strategy for moving things forward were empty gestures. He said real change takes time and hard work.
For more than 25 years, I have been involved in housing-related issues, albeit with a few detours. I started as an organizer in a Hyde Park neighborhood that had been torn apart by blockbusting, and I went on to spend the next eight years of my life doing civil rights-related work, primarily focusing on fair housing. Next, I went to law school to add some more tools to my toolkit, and became deeply interested in the nexus between mental health and criminal justice. I worked for a few years as an attorney representing forensic mental health patients. After a few unexpected twists and turns, including running a Braille translation software company, I found the work that has occupied me for the past 11 years—community land trusts. A community land trust is a nonprofit corporation that develops and stewards affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces, and other community assets on behalf of a community. “CLTs” balance the needs of individuals to access land and maintain security of tenure with a community’s need to maintain affordability, economic diversity and local access to essential services.
I was the executive director of the Madison Area Community Land Trust for nearly 10 years. As part of that work, I was the developer of Troy Gardens, a 31-acre project which includes a working farm, restored prairie, community gardens, nature trails, and a 30-unit mixed-income co-housing community—all right in the city. Though all we were trying to do at the time was implement the hopes and dreams of a neighborhood, we ended up with a project that has gotten an enormous amount of attention across the U.S., and internationally as well. While I was working on Troy Gardens, I was also deeply involved in the founding of the National Community Land Trust Network. In 2010, I went to work for them as their first academy director, running national education and research programs. Recently, I joined the world of consulting (Rosenberg and Associates), and have been involved in a wide variety of projects, including mentoring, strategic planning, website design, software development, curriculum development, teaching, and research. The most exciting project I’ve been involved in lately has been my work with the East London Community Land Trust, centering around the development of a community land trust on the London Olympic Park site.
Can you tell us about your work in London?
My work with Troy Gardens put me in conversations with people around the world, including Dave Smith at the East London Community Land Trust (CLT). He was inspired by that project, and was interested in learning how to apply some of the lessons we learned to his work in East London because Troy Gardens was based on a long-term community organizing effort. Every year, he brings over a speaker for his annual meeting, who also meets with various government officials to promote the community land trust model. They brought me over this past August to give a speech about developing a community land trust at the Olympic Park, and also to meet with lots of folks, including members of the London city council and the head of real estate development for the Olympic site. The East London CLT was established by London Citizens, who do really effective community organizing work all around London, and in other parts of the U.K. It was great to see the connection between organizing and housing, because I believe that a big part of the “community” in community land trusts is community organizing.
What are some of the challenges you have faced?
It was difficult to sort out ideas for a community land trust at the Olympic Park without ever having visited the site, and without having a clear sense of the surrounding neighborhood. I read everything I could about it, and also did research on the impact past Olympics have had on the neighborhoods in which they are located. The Summer Olympics are often located in low-income neighborhoods, which results in the displacement of a lot of folks and the hyperinflation of housing prices. The Olympics were great for London, but they were rough for East London.
What has been the best part of your experience working on this project?
I was pretty nervous going into this trip, because they were talking me up as a very impressive expert from America, and I wanted to do my best to live up to the reputation. Once I got there, I got engaged in the work, and had great meetings with some really interesting people. My speech went well, but at the time I thought I bombed because the audience was so quiet—it turns out that is just the nature of English audiences, and they were appreciative of my comments. Of course, it was great to spend a week in London. It is truly one of the world’s great cities, though the hyperinflation of housing prices is really having a devastating effect on many thousands of residents.
Do you see any differences between U.S. and London in how they organize communities?
London Citizens uses an Alinsky-based organizing model, so they were very much inspired by the U.S. community organizing movement. They are all about organizing to build power—and then presenting workable solutions to pressing issues. It is one area where there seems to be a lot of commonality.
What are the future goals for this project?
Since I’ve been back, I’ve been organizing international support for a community land trust at the Olympic Park. We’re putting together letters from people around the world that will be bundled together and presented to London Mayor Boris Johnson in December. We’re going to keep pushing at it until there is a firm commitment for a community land trust at the Olympic Park, in particular one that will be done the “right way”, so it can be an inspiration to other communities around the world.
USA Today : Each Family Dinner Adds Up to Benefits for Adolescents (Featuring Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller)
Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller was quoted in a March 25 USA Today article titled, “Each family dinner adds up to benefits for adolescents.” Assistant Professor Miller discussed his recent research on family meals that found “no association” with improved child outcomes. “Family meals might just be part of a whole lot of activities that families engage in that are good for their kids,” Miller says. “It might look like it’s family meals that matter.”
Read the full article here.
Wrapping up the month of Global Days of Service 2013, the Boston University School of Social Work is proud to announce the Second Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health, featuring human rights, health equity, social justice activist and President of the American Public Health Association, Dr. Adewale Troutman.
Date/Time: April 27, 2013, 10–11:30 a.m.
Location: School of Management Auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Ave.
Price: While this event is complimentary, advance registration is recommended as space is limited.
Dr. Troutman has over 40 years of dedicated practice through action to the principles of universal freedoms and the elimination of racism, injustice and oppression. His experience includes special consultancies with the World Health Organization in Thailand and Japan, health assessment missions in Angola, Jamaica and Zaire, and training in India and Austria. His commitment to justice has evolved into his nationally recognized efforts to create health equity and the supremacy of the social determinants of health, the founding of the first Center for Health Equity at a local health department, and the creation of the Mayors Healthy Hometown Movement. He is also credited with the passage of one of the strongest anti-smoking ordinances in the country.
His unique educational background has been a major factor in the quest to eliminate racism and injustice – Dr. Troutman has a Doctor of Medicine from New Jersey Medical School, a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University, a Masters in Black Studies from the State University of New York in Albany, and board certification from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. His career has included clinical emergency medicine, hospital administration, academic, and public health practice. He served as an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health & Information Sciences while directing the Metro-Louisville Department of Public Health & Wellness.
Dr. Troutman has had multiple publications including What if We Were Equal? co-authored with former Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. David Satcher; and numerous awards and recognitions. He is featured in the nationally televised PBS series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Dr. Troutman also serves on a variety of boards including the National Board of Public Health Examiners, the Health & Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Health Promotion Disease & the Committee on Infant Mortality, the Board of Directors of Public Health Law and Policy, the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, the African American Heritage Center and is an active member of the Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) and he has also served as a former BCHW President.
To register for the event, visit the Boston University 2013 Global Day of Service website.
The lecture is a part of the School of Social Work’s annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health. The lecture series is an annual symposium addressing vexing health issues distinct to the urban context featuring prominent national and international leaders toiling at the intersection of health and social justice. The series honors the vision of Hubie Jones, dean emeritus of Boston University’s School of Social Work, who inspired and shaped the School’s urban mission during his 16-year tenure and who continues to influence and define the social and civic landscape of Boston as a leader, bridge-builder, and advocate.
Professor Amodeo and Clinical Associate Professor López Co-Author Chapter
Professor Maryann Amodeo and Clinical Associate Professor Luz Marilis López co-authored a chapter titled, “Making Effective Referrals to Alcoholics Anonymous and Other 12-Step Programs,” for the text, “Addressing unhealthy alcohol use in primary care,” edited by Richard Saitz, M.D., Boston University School of Medicine. The text is directed to physicians who often do not assess for or address unhealthy drinking among their patients. The book is now published and available at as both an e-book and print version.
Associate Professors DeVoe and Paris Invited to Present in Rhode Island
Associate Professors Ellen DeVoe and Ruth Paris will give a presentation titled, “Addressing the mental health needs of military families,” at a conference sponsored by Butler Hospital and Family Services of Rhode Island, on March 1, 2013, in Providence, RI.
Assistant Professor Ha Has Article Published
Assistant Professor Yoonsook Ha, along with Marci Ybarra, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, had an article published in Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services. Titled, “Are Strong Work-First Welfare Policies Aligned With Generous Child Care Provisions? What States Are Doing and the Implications for Social Work,” the article examined the intensity of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TAN F) work requirements and generosity of child care subsidy provisions across states, and the interaction of the two programs. The article discusses the implications for families, policy, and social work practice in light of the authors’ findings, which suggest that states with stringent work requirements do not typically provide generous child care subsidies. The article is available online.
Assistant Professor Miller Has Article Published
Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller, along with Ronald B. Mincy, Columbia University, had an article published in Social Service Review. The article, “Falling Further Behind? Child Support Arrears and Fathers’ Labor Force Participation,” examines how child support arrears affect fathers’ labor force participation. Relying on longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study, the study suggests that child support arrears result in declines in average weeks worked in the formal labor market in subsequent time periods. These findings are driven by the behaviors of fathers who had relatively high amounts of arrears and no income in the previous year and are mostly robust to tests for selection into no work or low levels of work by fathers. Findings also suggest that arrears obligations that are low relative to income result in increases in the probability that fathers engage in any formal work. Arrears are not statistically significantly related to informal labor force participation. This study highlights both intended and unintended consequences of the growth in arrears under current child support enforcement policies.
Associate Professor Paris to Present in Tel-Aviv, Israel
Associate Professor Ruth Paris will be a visiting scholar at Bar-Ilan Univeristy, Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, in Tel- Aviv, Israel, in March. She will also present at the following conferences this spring:
- Paris, R., Schottenfeld, L.*, & Mittal, G.* (2013, April). Enhancing substance abuse treatment for mothers with an Attachment-based parenting intervention. Paper presentation as part of symposium at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
She gave the following paper presentation in January:
- Paris, R., Schottenfeld, L.*, & Mittal, G.* (2013, January). Substance using mothers and parenting: Adapting an evidence-based model. Paper presentation as part of symposium, Interventions in the real world: A lot at stake, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.
*Lisa Schottenfeld, MSW, MPH, and Gina Mittal, MSW, are SSW alumni.
Clinical Associate Professor Ruth Co-Authors Chapter in Handbook
Clinical Associate Professor Betty J. Ruth co-authored the final chapter in the Handbook for Public Health Social Work. The handbook, written and edited by respected leaders of the Social Work Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), describes the rapidly expanding roles of public health social workers as these two disciplines continue to join forces.
Associate Professor Spencer Participates in Discussion With Corporate Funders and Philanthropists; Doctoral Student Presents at National Mentoring Summit
Associate Professor Renée Spencer provided evidentiary support and information on the leading findings on mentoring’s impact at the Corporate and Philanthropic Leadership Exchange, during the third annual National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. Co-hosted by The Bank of America Charitable Foundation and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, this interactive discussion aimed to identify action steps to advance the research-proven impact of mentoring in helping young people find success at school, home and the workforce.
Additionally, Dr. Spencer participated on an invited panel of researchers at the 2013 National Mentoring Summit. She presented findings from her work on youth-initiated mentoring relationships established through the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program, which was done in collaboration with the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at UMass Boston. Two BUSSW doctoral students, Toni Tugenberg and Mia Ocean, also participated in this research. During the Summit, doctoral student Antoinette Basualdo-Delmonico presented a workshop to more than 80 attendees. The workshop was called Family Involvement in Youth Mentoring and highlighted some of the findings from Antoinette’s dissertation.
Professor Melvin Delgado Authors Book Titled, “Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice”
Melvin Delgado, PhD, professor and chair of Macro Practice at Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW), recently authored the book, Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice, along with Denise Humm-Delgado, PhD, associate professor, Simmons College School of Social Work. In the book, Professor Delgado explores the role of assessment as a foundation in health and social services, particularly toward social intervention.
The 288-page book Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice was released in December 2012 by publisher Oxford University Press and is available on Amazon. Oxford University Press issued the following description for the publication:
The role and importance of assessment in development of health and social services are well accepted in the field, and represent the fundamental building blocks for the creation of any form of social intervention. Need assessments are, without question, the most common form of assessment in these fields. They typically, however, result in a rather narrow view of a community that stresses disease risk profiles and lists of various social problem categories. Nevertheless, unlike needs assessments, asset assessments bring a range of factors and considerations to the creation of an intervention that are guided by participatory democratic principles and processes. Although need assessments can also be guided by participatory principles, they generally are professionally-driven and do not stress capacity enhancement in the process. Asset assessments’ emphasis on participatory democracy sufficiently distance themselves from their needs counterpart through the use of values, language used to communicate, and how research methods get conceptualized and carried out. Community asset assessments can be viewed as a goal; a strategy; a set of guiding principles; a method; and a process. These different perspectives make a consensus definition of a capital difficult to arrive at in both scholarly and practice realms. Consequently, it is best to view asset assessments from an evolutionary point of view in order to appreciate the variety of perspectives, tensions, and potential for achieving positive social change. In essence asset assessments are both an instrument of discovery as well as an intervention to achieve community change.
An important member of the Boston University School of Social Work community, Professor Delgado was awarded the BUSSW Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and the Outstanding Contribution to the BSSW Alumni Award in 1996. Professor Delgado is particularly interested in youth development-youth led research and macro-practice, community-capacity enhancement, and non-traditional urban settings. He is also the co-director of the Center for Addiction Research and Services (CARS).
Implications of the National Election on Social Work and Beyond
Featuring Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones, SSW ‘57
Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Boston University George Sherman Union
Terrace Lounge (2nd floor)
775 Commonwealth Ave
Please RSVP to Kathy Lopes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-353-3761.
2.0 Social Work CECs will be awarded at no cost to the BUSSW community. Space is limited, so early
registration is strongly encouraged. There is no charge for this event.
New Name, Expanded Focus, Same Commitment
October 30, 2012. (Boston, Mass.)—The Institute for Geriatric Social Work is changing its name and expanding its focus, the organization recently announced. IGSW will now be known as the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research at Boston University, dedicated to strengthening the skills of those serving older adults and people with disabilities. The organization will continue its path-breaking education and training programs aimed at preparing the health and social services workforce for a rapidly aging, diverse society.
“This change in our mission–to include disability as well as aging–reflects the growing movement to integrate supports and services for older adults with those for people with disabilities,” said Scott Miyake Geron, the organization’s director and an associate professor in the B.U. School of Social Work. “It is also based on our experience with agencies and practitioners who increasingly serve both groups.”
Since IGSW/the Center was established in 2002 with funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies, it has trained more than 50,000 practitioners in 25 countries and all 50 states, most often through partnerships with state and local agencies.
“IGSW’s unique combination of innovative online educational programs, research on training effectiveness, and workforce redesign made it a national leader,” said Sandy Markwood, chief executive officer of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). “With current efforts to bring together many separate realms of service to support older adults and people with disabilities, the organization’s new name and expanded focus are a welcome development.”
“The workforce now and for the future requires access to skill-based educational programs in the workplace,” Geron said. “Much of what we have learned since we began has broad application to address the shortage of well-trained professionals that threatens to overwhelm the nation’s capacity to provide basic health and social services to people of all ages and abilities. “
The Center for Aging and Disability Research and Education at Boston University is dedicated to strengthening the workforce for organizations serving older adults and people with disabilities. The Center was established as the Institute for Geriatric Social Work (IGSW) in 2002 with a grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies.
Tenure Track Faculty Openings for Fall 2013
The Boston University School of Social Work invites applications for 2 open faculty positions. We seek candidates with teaching skills and research/scholarly expertise in the following areas:
- Macro/Community Practice (Associate Professor with tenure)
- Clinical Practice (tenure-track)
Please click here the full position description.
Non-Tenure Track Faculty Openings for Fall 2013
The Boston University School of Social Work invites applications for one non-tenure track Clinical Assistant Professor position. We seek candidates with teaching skills and scholarly expertise in either:
- Clinical Practice or Macro/Community Practice
Please click here for the full position description.
Boston University is committed to supporting the recruitment, retention and retention of an excellent and diverse faculty.
In his latest article, “Community Organizing for Social Justice: Grassroots Groups for Power,” Clinical Professor Lee Staples spoke to the power of grassroots organizations in addressing social justice issues though the use of task-oriented groups within the context of community organizing. From creating access points for present and future generations of indigenous groups to participate in democratic and power processes at the community level, innovating community development projects and addressing issues of immigrant rights and environmental racism, to converging around group identities that advocate for marginalized groups, Staples emphasizes the critical role that grassroots organizations have in enabling social justice in realistic and sustainable ways. The full article can be accessed here.