Spring 2017 News from the School of Social Welfare


  • Photo of Project Coordinator, Linda Mertz, Project Director, Ricky Fortune, and graduates of the Internships in Aging Project program.
    Social Work in Aging-Diverse Opportunities for Learning
    Graduates of the Internships in Aging Project – a part of the MSW program at UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare - found that working with older adults and their families can be as diverse and varied as the older population itself! Learning about the many ways that social workers can affect change with this population helped these students to find their career paths in aging services.

  • Photo of  radio co-host, Alyssa Lotmore.
    Highlights From This Semester's Social Workers Radio Talk Show
    Did you know that the School of Social Welfare has a Radio Show on WCDB 90.9FM? It is co-hosted by Dr. Eric Hardiman and Alyssa Lotmore, LMSW. This semester featured many interesting guests, whose segments are archived on the show’s YouTube Channel.

  • Baccalaureate Students Make Impact On and Off Campus
    Baccalaureate Students in the Social Welfare program at the University at Albany each complete a Macro Project during their senior year. This project is intended to provide student-learners with an experience of initiating change at a larger systems level in their internship setting.

  • Dawn Knight-Thomas, Katharine Briar-Lawson, Sam Fletcher and Keith Chan pictured near presentation sign at CSWE Conference in Atlanta, GA
    The School of Social Welfare focuses on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    In keeping with social work's historic and enduring commitments to further social and economic justice and to serve people who are vulnerable, marginalized, or oppressed, the School of Social Welfare held several events focused on diversity, equity and inclusion during the semester. Following are some of the events that took place at the school last semester, with more scheduled for Spring 2017.

  • Dr. Robert Miller and Dr. Shirley Jones at Retirement celebration
    Dr. Shirley Jones, Professor Emeritus
    In December the School of Social Welfare celebrated the retirement of Dr. Shirley Jones who has been at the school since 1988. The celebration was attended by SSW faculty, staff, alumni and current students. Many shared the ways Dr. Jones had touched their lives through exemplary service, and excellence in teaching and mentorship.

  • Cavanaugh Quick pictured in their GA office.
    Student Spotlight
    In the Fall 2016 the School of Social Welfare welcomed Cavanaugh Quick a sex, gender and sexuality educator/advocate who has worked with queer and trans people of color. Cavanaugh is passionate about assisting young people in healthy relationship formation and advocating for people that have been historically exploited and overlooked.

  • Fred Erlich
    School of Social Welfare Alumni Profile

    Fred Erlich is a founding member and current CEO of Living Resources, a Capital Region multi-service agency that assists and supports more than 1,200 people who are disabled due to birth trauma, accident or illness. With strong ties to UAlbany, first as an undergraduate and later as a graduate of both the SSW and School of Business, Fred recently offered some thoughts to current MSW students.

  • Dr. Julia Hastings pictured next to SWRR Conference sign 2017
    Assistant Professor Julia Hastings joins 2017 Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research
    The School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany's Assistant Professor Julia Hastings joins the 2017 class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society.