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Tamarah Moss Works with Colleagues and Students Across the Caribbean and Beyond

April 22, 2024 Melissa Scott
Tamarah Moss with University of Belize faculty
Moss with University of Belize Social Work faculty. From left: Professor Karen Simplis, Tamarah Moss, Professor and Academic Chair Azalia Larrieu, and Professor Fermin Olivera. Absent from the photo: Professor Ava Pennill

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Social Research Tamarah Moss has been working with social work colleagues and students in the Caribbean and Central America this spring. 

Last month, Moss worked with the Department of Social Work at the University of Belize. As part of her continued scholarship and the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research’s commitment to international social work and community-campus partnerships, she provided seminars under the global theme of “Buen Vivier: Shared Future for Transformative Change” for students and faculty across the disciplines of nursing, allied health social work, and educators of community-based organizations. Her student seminar, “Becoming a Trauma-Informed Social Work Practitioner,” focused on culturally responsive and trauma-informed practice.

During her visit, Moss was able to meet with local community-based organizations including the National Women’s Commission; the Belize Family Life Association, an affiliate of Fòs Feminista focused on reproductive and sexual health; United Belize Advocacy Movement, the oldest and only LGBT-led policy and advocacy non-governmental organization in Belize; and the International Rotary Club of Belize. She also met with social work faculty and students from Rutgers University and Bridgewater State University who were on educational studies as part of alternative Spring Break initiatives.

Most recently, Moss attended and presented workshops at the 2024 Joint Conference on Social Work Education and Social Development in Panama City, Panama, and gave a virtual presentation on "Culture and Transformative Change in Social Work" for the inaugural Social Work Symposium at University College of the Cayman Islands.

Moss will continue her work in the Caribbean diaspora with a return to Belize for the Caribbean Research Methodologies Conference in May 2024.

Funding for Moss' scholarship comes from the Alexandra Grange Hawkins Lectureship for Social Work and the Bryn Mawr College start-up grant underwritten by the K/G Fund for Faculty Research.