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Social Work's Tamarah Moss Plans to Build on Spring Residency in the Bahamas

July 13, 2022

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Social Research Tamarah Moss, will be returning to Bryn Mawr's campus this fall after spending the spring 2022 semester based at the Bahamas Crisis Centre, as a scholar in residence.

​At the Bahamas Crisis Centre (from left): Ettamae Jones, Abaco administrator; Sandra Dean Patterson, founder and executive director; Tamarah Moss; and Cleopatra Christie, headquarters administrator. ​

While in the Bahamas, Moss was able to participate as a researcher, evaluator, educator, and trainer on issues of trauma-informed care and healing in relation to domestic and intimate partner violence, women’s empowerment, as well as post-disaster child and community welfare. The work was mainly focused on the island of Nassau (New Providence) and the Abaco islands.

During her residency, Moss worked with several organizations, including the University of The Bahamas, the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute, Bahamas Sexual Health and Rights Association, Project Hope, and the Rotary International. She also worked with ministry-level departments of health, social services and urban renewal, gender and family affairs, and district-level departments of education, law enforcement, legislators, and volunteers.

At the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (from left): Racquel Bethel, dean of student affairs; Tamarah Moss; Laura Davis, interim vice president; and Pamela McCartney, student counselor and instructor.

Moss plans to apply the connections she made in the Bahamas to her work with Bryn Mawr’s Global Learning Experience Committee and the Committee on Libraries, Information and Computing. She sees opportunities for remote and in-person international service learning in the Bahamas, the development of a potential collaborative course focused on student health and wellness, and student-faculty partnerships in community-based collaborative research and publication development.