Let's celebrate! In May, we announced the appointment of Darlyne Bailey as dean of the School. At Commencement rehearsal, four graduating students received awards. At Convocation, one of our graduating students spoke profoundly of justice. At Commencement, three members of our faculty were honored. It has indeed been a joyous ending of the academic year at the School and a wonderful note on which to conclude my tenure as director. I am excited about returning to my position as associate dean in the fall, working closely with Darlyne Bailey, focusing on student services and advisement, and teaching clinical social work practice. I have been privileged to provide leadership to the School during these past several years and eagerly look forward to what comes next. —Marcia L. Martin, PhD '82
Convocation Address Asks What It Means to Do Justice
Convocation speaker Wanda Moore, M.S.S./M.L.S.P. '09, challenged all of us to do justice by "standing up, taking action for what [we] know is right, and being persistent until every individual has the resources and opportunity to be who they are called to be." In referencing Saul Alinsky and Khalil Gibran, she introduced her theme of justice, and went on to observe, "Too often, the vulnerable populations with which we work have their life success cut down by injustices like poverty, racism, sexism and homophobia." And of power she emphasized, "It is easy to get caught up in being the righteous spokesperson and advocate who speaks for vulnerable populations.…[However] it is not enough to speak for them. We must create the opportunity for them to speak for themselves." The complete text of Moore's address may be read on the web at www.brynmawr.edu/socialwork.
Sara Nath and Kevin Robinson Honored
At Commencement 2009, Assistant Professor Sara Bressi Nath was appointed to the Clowes Assistant Professorship in Science and Public Policy, intended to recognize scholarship and interdisciplinary teaching and research that reflects the intersection of science and public life.
Assistant Professor Kevin Robinson was appointed to the Alexandra Grange Hawkins Lectureship in Social Work, created to honor a fine teacher at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Both Nath and Robinson have been asked to offer inaugural lectures for the College community.
Associate Professor James Martin Receives the McPherson Award
At Commencement 2009, Associate Professor (soon to be Professor) James Martin was chosen to receive the McPherson Fellowship. Established in 1997 to honor Mary Patterson McPherson upon her retirement as President of Bryn Mawr College, the McPherson Fund each year recognizes undergraduate and graduate students, staff members, and faculty for excellence and service to the community. Most recently, Martin served on the Board of Trustees Task Force to Balance Mission and Resources, chaired the College Committee on Academic Priorities, and contributed significant leadership to the School's successfully completed Council on Social Work Education reaccreditation. While this is by no means an exhaustive list of Martin's service, when you couple it with his excellence in teaching and scholarship, you understand the pride we take in having him as a member of our community.
Four Students Win Awards at Commencement Rehearsal
Wanda Moore, M.S.S./M.L.S.P. '09, received the McPherson Award in recognition of her distinguished record of community service. Moore has been a representative to the College's Board of Trustees for two years, participated in discussions with members of the Trustee Task Force on Balancing Mission and Resources, and provided leadership to the development of curricular recommendations presented by the School's chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers. This summer, Moore will focus on expanding Chester's Peace in the Streets Youth Arts and Peace Camp, and in the fall, will work with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on a research intervention project focusing on violence prevention in schools.
Jennifer Gordon, M.S.S. '09, received the first Shahbanu Goldberg Award in recognition of her service to the School. The award was established to honor Shahbanu Goldberg, M.S.S. '00, who died in July 2008. As a student, and later as an alumna, Goldberg was committed to the School and to the profession and deeply cared about the values of social justice and inclusiveness. Gordon provided leadership to the School's Student Association, was the student representative to the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, served on both the Inauguration Planning Committee to welcome President Jane McAuliffe and the search committee for the School's new dean, and, like Moore, contributed richly to discussions with members of the Trustee Task Force on Balancing Mission and Resources.
Annually, the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work recognizes graduating master's students for clinical excellence as demonstrated through a case conceptualization paper. This year, the Grand Finalist and overall winner from Bryn Mawr, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Widener University was our own Cory Scott, M.S.S. '09. The honorable mention winner of the Pat Burland, M.S.S. '56 award was Hannah Kliger Peltz, M.S.S. '09.
Darlyne Bailey Appointed as Dean
We are excited to announce that Darlyne Bailey has been appointed dean and professor of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and special assistant to the president for community partnerships at Bryn Mawr College. She will join our community on August 1, 2009.
Bailey received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and her secondary-education certification at Lafayette College, her master's degree in psychiatric social work from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in organizational behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is a Group XIII fellow W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program.
Bailey is the author of several books, including Managing Human Resources in the Human Services, Strategic Alliances among Health and Human Services Organizations: From Affiliations to Consolidations, and, most recently, Sustaining Our Spirits: Women Leaders Thriving for Today and Tomorrow (NASW, 2008), a collaboration with four other women that explores women in leadership and examines the interconnectedness among women, leadership, and spirituality.
In discussing her appointment as dean of the School, Bailey expressed enormous enthusiasm: "I am both honored and thrilled to be joining Bryn Mawr College! The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research is not only one of the oldest in our profession, more importantly, it is legendary." She went on to note, "Both the School and the entire College community embrace the authentic enactment of values that I believe are essential for lives well lived–social justice for all, honesty about all, and transparency to all. While the knowledge and care of the faculty and staff of any school greatly contribute to its reputation, it's the alumnae/i's continued contributions to society's 'well fare' that make an institution great. Such is the case with our GSSWSR. I look forward to spending time with my alumnae/i colleagues to ensure that our students remain best prepared to provide the leadership critical to addressing the issues facing those we serve, well into our many tomorrows."