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.

  • Student Reflection: Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking
    MSW alumna and current doctoral student, Hlin Saethorsdottir, focuses her research on Human Trafficking. She currently resides in London where she has worked with unaccompanied minors, a population that is extremely vulnerable to trafficking. In her current job, Hlin works in safeguarding, where some of the cases have exploitation and trafficking elements.

  • A Journal Publication for a 2017 BSW Graduate
    Natalie Turner (BSW ’17, current MSW student) served as an Amgen Summer Scholar in the Biostatistics Branch of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health from June to August 2016. While there, she assisted with an article published (January 2018) in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

  • The School of Social Welfare’s 29th Annual Field & Career Fair
    The School of Social Welfare’s 29th Annual Field & Career Fair was held on February 21, 2018 on the downtown campus. There were 57 agencies in attendance this year, providing information as well as on-site interviews.

  • Samantha Rin, wearing glasses is standing in the Citizen Action of New York. There are assorted social justice signs and a presentation screen behind her. The screen mentions "Systems Approach"
    MSW Student Presents at Citizens Action of New York
    MSW Student, Samantha Rini provided an excellent presentation of her work with immigrants and refugees at Citizen Action of New York. Citizen Action of New York applauded Ms. Rini’s valuable contribution to its legislative advocacy services, as well as the direct social support provided to immigrants and refugees needing help with navigating very complex social service systems.