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BU School of Social Work (BUSSW) jumped four spots in the latest ranking of the best social work graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report, rising to 12 from a previous ranking of 16. The 2017 rankings were released on March 16, 2016.
BUSSW, BC School of Social Work, and NASW-MA Celebrate Marylou Sudders (’78), Massachusetts’ New Secretary of Health and Human Services
“We are delighted to have her intelligence, knowledge, practicality, and strong leadership in this area of extreme importance in the Commonwealth,” Dean Gail Steketee told an audience of approximately 200 on Tuesday, March 24, as she kicked off an afternoon celebration in honor of Marylou Sudders (’78), Governor Baker’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The event was co-hosted by BUSSW, BC School of Social Work, and NASW-MA and brought together social workers from all across New England to celebrate a leader in the field. The reception took place at the Massachusetts State House Flag Hall.
Governor Charles Baker, State Senator of Massachusetts Karen E. Spilka, BC School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi, Executive Director of NASW, Massachusetts Chapter Carol J. Trust, NASW, and Chief Executive Officer of NASW Angelo McClain also spoke to Sudders’ lifetime dedication to public service.
Dean Steketee said Sudders’ appointment is a timely one. “Our own school is about to launch its Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health. We are particularly interested in drawing together experts in health throughout the [Boston] area as well as the nation. I am hopeful that Marylou will contribute some of her expertise as its needed in the future.”
Governor Baker told the audience he “couldn’t imagine picking anyone else” for the position. Sudders is charged with overseeing the largest executive agency in state government and a $19.4 billion budget. “She’s born for this job. And if she wasn’t born for it, she made herself the right person for this job over the course of her career.”
“One of the things I admire most about social workers is their ability to solve really complicated problems that present themselves almost on a daily basis,” Governor Baker said. “That’s one of the things I love most about Marylou… she’s a spectacular problem solver.”
Sudders earned her MSW at Boston University School of Social Work in 1978. In 2012, Sudders was appointed to the state’s Health Policy Commission for her behavioral health expertise. She has also served as Chair of Health and Mental Health at Boston College School of Social Work, where she will continue to serve as a visiting professor.
“If somebody had said to me in 1976 when I entered the School of Social Work that I might be a public official, a Commissioner of Mental Health, and a cabinet Secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, I would have said ‘I don’t think so,’” Sudders said. “But what I’ve always said to students is the thing about social work is it opens any door that you want to run through, it is our inhibitions that prevent us from running through those doors. There is no greater education than a social work education to open up a wealth of opportunities for us. I would expect in ten years that there shouldn’t just be a one Marylou Sudders, but we should be populating as cabinet secretaries all across the country.”
Dr. Luz López (Clinical Associate Professor) is participating in the Fellows Program of The Partnership, a Boston-based organization that focuses on talent management solutions for professionals of color. She was recommended for this program by Dean Steketee and selected as part of a group of mid-career leaders who are seeking to strengthen their leadership toolkit. Participants are Asian, Black, Latino, Native American and South Asian professionals employed by organizations in the Greater Boston area who have a minimum of 10 years of experience and some leadership experience within their organization/company. Boston University and the School of Social work are jointly sponsoring Dr. López to attend this year-long program for Fellows. At her first meeting of the Fellows program, Luz greatly enjoyed meeting BU Overseer Maureen Alphonse-Charles, the C.O.O. of The Partnership. Luz reported that she “met wonderful, interesting people. It is great to network with such a diverse group from many States of New England, including Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, as well as Massachusetts. We had very dynamic speakers. I am thrilled to be part of this group and to have this experience.”
Sudders is currently an associate professor of health and mental health at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. She graduated BU School of Social Work. Sudders previously served as commissioner of mental health under Republican Govs. William Weld, Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift from 1996 until 2003.
To read the complete press release by the State House, click here.
Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones was honored on October 27 at the U. of Mass-Boston Beacon for Global Inclusion Awards Breakfast Ceremony. Jones was honored along with Oxfam America as part of the 50th anniversary celebration for U. of Mass-Boston.
Dean Emeritus Jones also received the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities at the JFK Library on November 9. The event honored champions of the public humanities whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities, and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth.
On October 15, 2014, Douglas Brooks (’99), director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), returned to Boston to keynote the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference, hosted by the Center for Addiction Research (CARS). The annual conference focuses on integrating addiction, mental health, and medical care services. President Barack Obama appointed Brooks to ONAP in March, 2014, after he spent 16 years at the Justice Resource Institute and was an active member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
In his presentation, Brooks discussed the vexing statistics about AIDS in the United States. He also noted that women living with HIV in the United States suffer from PTSD, roughly 55 percent have encountered intimate partner violence, and their risk of dying from the disease is doubled. Further, the number of black women who die from HIV is greater than any other population group.
Brooks told AHSR’s 300-plus attendees that the president is “100 percent committed to HIV.” Since he has taken office, a three-pronged National HIV/AIDS Strategy has been implemented to decrease the number of new infections, reduce HIV-related health disparities, and increase access to health care for those with HIV.
This year, for the first time, the AHSR conference was organized by a social worker. With organizational help from the Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston University School of Public Health, the conference also addressed the mission of BUSSW’s newly endowed Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health. Click here to read Leslie Friday’s full article, published in BU Today.
Boston University School of Social Work was recently ranked #13 program in the nation by the popular online guide, Best MSW Programs. The 2014-15 rankings on the site were announced last week.
Best MSW Programs examined over 230 social work programs across the country before putting together their list of the 50 best programs. In addition to consider rankings by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Gourman Report on Graduate Schools, Best MSW Programs considered specialization/concentration options and the presence of new and innovative approaches and ideas in determining their rankings.
To read the complete rankings, click here.
BUSSSW Alumni Eugene Dawson (SSW ’66) Awarded Presidential Leadership Award for Distinguished Service by the Colorado Gerontological Society
The Colorado Gerontological Society awarded Eugene “Gene” Dawson (SSW ’66) the first Presidential Leadership Award for Distinguished Service at its annual “Salute to Seniors” Ceremony in May.
The award is now titled the Eugene Dawson Presidential Leadership Award, honoring Dawson’s years of service. It will be awarded annually to esteemed recipients making extraordinary contributions to older Colorado citizens and their families.
Dawson credits Lewis Lowy for inspiring him to pursue a career in gerontological services. During the past 47 years, Dawson has served as an educator, administrator and practitioner in the field of aging services.
Reginald Harris (SSW ‘15) was quoted in Bella English’s article “Cambridge Nonprofit Offers Kids Summer Fun” published in the Boston Globe on August 12, 2014. Harris, who is in his second year as a clinical social work student and part of the family therapy certificate program, spent his summer counseling students at Daybreak Day Camp in Cambridge.
“My biggest takeaway from the summer is that children who experience social and emotional behavior issues very rarely have the opportunity to experience fun new things and play,” Harris said. “Play is essential to childhood development and is the basis of socialization.”
The 30 campers, who may never have experienced camp without Daybreak, attended three field trips a week and participated in many other activities. “We’re helping them develop the skills to resolve conflicts, to have more resilience,” Harris told English.
Daybreak is a day camp program designed specifically for children with a variety of emotional, social or behavioral issues. Harris found out about Daybreak through his foundation year internship at the Amigos School in Cambridge.
Daybreak has 17 trained counselors, specializing in different practices. Harris used the knowledge he gained at BUSSW throughout the summer. “My group work clinical course was especially useful, seeing as though most of the work I did as a counselor was in small groups,” Harris said. “Thanks Professor Underwood!”
Click here to read English’s full story
Photograph from original story: Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff.
BUSSW Alumna Christina M. Ciociola Named Senior Vice President at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Effective July 28, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven named Boston University School of Social Work Alumna Christina M. Ciociola Senior Vice President for Grantmaking & Strategy. Ciociola graduated from BUSSW with a speciality in gerontology and received her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. In her new senior programmatic staff position, Ciociola will be responsible for the grantmaking, strategy development and implementation, and community knowledge work of The Foundation.
Ciociola joined The Foundation in 2002. As Director of Knowledge and Evaluation since 2008, she led The Foundation’s efforts to promote local philanthropy through giveGreater.org® and the The Great Give®. In addition, Ciociola maintained The Foundation’s efforts in the workforce arena through the Partnership for Economic Opportunity.
“Christina has long been an outstanding member of the Community Foundation staff and has risen steadily through the organization over many years,” said William W. Ginsberg, president & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. “Christina has led many of The Foundation’s new initiatives in recent years. She has a deep understanding of our community and its opportunities and challenges, and knows our local nonprofit sector intimately. She will bring great commitment, understanding, knowledge and know-how to her new position.”
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven awarded more than $24 million in grants and distributions in 2013 from an endowment of approximately $430 million and comprising hundreds of individually named funds. In addition to its grant-making, The Community Foundation helps build a stronger community by taking measures to improve student achievement, reduce New Haven’s infant mortality rate, promote local philanthropy through GiveGreater and encourage community awareness. For more information about The Community Foundation visit its website, or connect on Facebook or Twitter.