Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Dean Emeritus of the GSSWSR, Founder and Director of the Social Justice Initiative, and Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships
Darlyne Bailey has been a professor and academic administrator for close to 24 years after serving as an administrator of a community mental health agency. Darlyne is on several professional editorial boards and other local and national organizational boards and advisory committees, including the Center for the Advancement of Girls at the Agnes Irwin School, the Maternity Care Coalition, the National Human Services Assembly, the Suzanne and Richard Pieper Family Foundation, and the Ultimate Medical Academy, an online healthcare educational institution. She has written numerous articles and book chapters, and joined with others in authoring three books including Sustaining Our Spirits: Women Leaders Thriving for Today and Tomorrow
. Most recently as the co-chair of the Special Commitment to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work, she facilitated a national task force of faculty and staff across the country in partnership with Council of Social Work Education to produce the inaugural Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Macro Social Practice. With a commitment to life-long learning through collaboration, Darlyne continues teaching and engaging in participatory research to explore her areas of passion: personal and agency-based leadership development, organizational, inter-organizational, and community transformation, and the formation and sustainability of socially-just societies.
Administrative Assistant of the Social Justice initiative at GSSWSR; Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute
Laura comes to the Social Justice Initiative with many years of non-profit experience. She spent seventeen years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Marketing and Communications Department. She held the position of Assistant Manager of Public Relations for eight of those years. For the remaining nine, she was the Producer of the Wednesday and Friday Night Program series.
Graduate Assistant to the Social Justice Initiative
Qádriyyah Major is a native of Northeast Philadelphia. Upon being awarded a four-year academic scholarship to Pennsylvania State University, she gained a Bachalor`s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a concentration in child development. She is a part-time student at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and has a passion for serving underrepresented communities, which has continued since the beginning of her teenage years. She has great interest in children and families experiencing trauma within inner city neighborhoods like Philadelphia, as well as violence prevention and prison reform affecting many individuals and communities near and dear to her. Qádriyyah continues to serve her community as a full-time Intervention Outcomes Specialist, serving children and families who require support with physical as well as social and emotional developmental skills, mental health, or drug and alcohol challenges at a foster care agency and member of the Social Justice Initiative team.