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Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Launches Centennial Celebrations and Presents 2015 Alumni Awards

Posted May 14, 2015
From left: Pat Burland, Allyson Schwartz, MSS ’72, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Dean Darlyne Bailey,Tawana Ford Sabbath, MSS ‘71, PhD ‘86, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy

The Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research recently launched its year-long 100th birthday celebrations at an on-campus reception for alumni, School and College administrators and faculty, students, and visiting public officials including Congressman Chaka Fattah, Katie Morton, who represented State Senator Daylin Leach, and Mike Bettinger, chief of staff to […]

GSSWSR Professor Ray Albert Hopes Others MIMIC Philadelphia Program to Avoid Future Fergusons

Posted January 22, 2015

As someone whose most current research deals with group position and racial conflict in an urban area, and on the legal regulation of race, GSSWSR Professor Raymond Albert has closely followed the events surrounding the shootings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner by police, and the protests caused by the lack of indictments in the […]

GSSWSR’s Ray Albert Discusses Landmark Civil Rights Case in Advance of Nov. 14 Screening of The Loving Story

Posted November 7, 2013

As moderator of next Thursday’s panel on the Loving Story, the film detailing the 1958 arrest of Richard and Mildred Loving for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage and the ensuing court battle that led to the 1967 Supreme Court decision that overturned anti-miscegenation laws in the U.S., Graduate School of Social Work and Social […]

GSSWSR’s Cindy Sousa Focuses on Familes Coping with Political Violence in Nov. 7 Lecture

Posted November 1, 2013

Except for occasional exceptions like Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield in the early 90s, modern conflicts tend to take place in populated cities and towns where innocent civilians are at just as much risk as those doing the fighting. Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work Assistant Professor Cindy Sousa is among the researchers looking […]

Bryn Mawr College Joins Effort to Promote Children’s Play

Posted September 18, 2013

Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Phebe Anna Thorne School, and Child Study Institute are among the organizations sponsoring a conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Thomas Great Hall that brings leaders in the field of child development to campus as part of a three-day event being offered by the organization […]

Students Honored at 2013 Awards Ceremony

Posted May 2, 2013
Award Photo

At a ceremony on Thursday, April 25, President Jane McAuliffe announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The awards and scholarships cited include honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations. Here is the complete list of awards and honorees: NATIONAL AWARDS Fulbright Fellowship […]

GSSWSR Professor’s Research Questions Link Between Food Stamps and Long-Term Government Dependency

Posted September 27, 2012

Questions as to whether participation in federal assistance programs makes individuals dependent on government services and unable to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives” as Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney told a group of supporters, have taken center stage as the race for the White House enters its last few months. Research led […]

Undergraduates and Students from Graduate School of Social Work Attend World Summit of Nobel Laureates

Posted April 26, 2012

Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research students Corrie Tice, Jessica Lee and Jessica Schaffner Wilen, and undergraduate students Rachel Kutten ’13 and Gloria Kuoh ’12, were among a select group of students from colleges and universities throughout the world invited to attend the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The […]

Bryn Mawr Introduces International Studies Major

Posted April 19, 2012

Bryn Mawr students can now major in International Studies, bringing the number of majors offered by the College to 37. “The changes of a globally interconnected world demand new ways of thinking and interacting, requiring multidisciplinary perspectives for active citizenry, leadership and service locally and globally.  This major’s curricular and co-curricular components enrich students’ education […]

New 360° Course Cluster Examines “Women in Walled Communities: Silence, Voice, Vision”

Posted March 15, 2012

Women in Walled Communities: Silence, Voice, Vision, one of three 360° course clusters being offered for Fall 2012, examines the constraints and agency of individual actors in social spaces, with a particular focus on the institutional settings of colleges and prisons and the “critical spaces” that can open up within them. Related Links “Women in […]

Career Opportunities for Bi-Co Students Abound This Winter Break

Posted December 15, 2011

“Finding a mentor is invaluable for young women to succeed,” said Valerie Jarrett, the Obama administration’s senior adviser and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, at the Women in Public Service Project‘s  inaugural colloquium on Thursday, Dec. 15. The WPSP’s goal is to increase women’s representation among leaders in the public […]

Lecture Series Offer Insight Into Scholarly Process, Opportunity to Enter Intellectual Dialogue

Posted September 15, 2011

This year, the Mary Flexner Lectureship, which has brought  some of the world’s best-known humanists to Bryn Mawr and resulted in a number of highly influential books, will bring prominent gender theorist Judith Butler to campus. But the three Flexner Lectures hardly present the only opportunity to hear scholars speak publicly about their work at […]

Changes to Take Place in Bryn Mawr Graduate Programs

Posted July 21, 2011

This spring, Bryn Mawr’s Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP), the provost’s office, the general faculty, and the administration wrapped up two separate processes aimed at enhancing Bryn Mawr’s academic strength. Both processes have impacted graduate studies at Bryn Mawr College. Over the past year, CAP, which is a representative body composed of faculty members, has […]

Professor of Sociology Mary Osirim Named Dean of Graduate Studies

Posted March 24, 2011

Bryn Mawr Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Africana Studies Program Mary Osirim has been named the College’s new Dean of Graduate Studies, Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe has announced. “Whether as chair of her department or as a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Mary has proven her leadership capacity […]

At Tax Time, Bryn Mawr Student Volunteers Are Good as Gold for Local Community Members

Posted March 17, 2011

Last year, a dedicated team of Bryn Mawr students, working with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, helped nearly 834 working individuals and families of Norristown receive over $1 million dollars in tax refunds, thanks to the federal government’s Earned Income Tax Credit. As these volunteer tax preparers can attest, the EITC can generate tax […]

Library Exhibition of Givens Collection Treasures Focuses on African-American Research Collections

Posted February 16, 2011

A new exhibition sponsored by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library and the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research focuses on African-American research collections.

GSSWSR’s Jim Martin Takes Part in Signing of Compact for Maryland’s Student Veterans He Helped Author

Posted February 10, 2011
Professor Jim Martin (center-right) at signing

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Professor Jim Martin recently joined Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and the presidents of the state’s community colleges at the Maryland capitol building for the signing of a “Campus Compact” to support the educational and behavioral health needs of returning veterans enrolled in the state’s community […]

Lecture on African-American Research Collections Opens Exhibition at Bryn Mawr

Posted February 3, 2011

A special lecture on Feb. 8 will mark the opening of the exhibition “The Arts of Social Justice: The Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature” … Read more»

Bryn Mawr’s 2010: the Year in Review

Posted January 20, 2011
woman at posium with 125th-anniversary banner

As the spring semester gets into full swing, we thought we’d take a moment to look back on some of the things that made 2010 special. 125th Anniversary Bryn Mawr’s 125th anniversary officially kicked off on Reunion weekend. The celebration got into high gear during the fall semester with fall convocation, the start of the […]

Fall 2010 Convocation Launches Campus Celebration of BMC’s 125th Anniversary

Posted August 26, 2010

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe invites the entire Bryn Mawr community to join her for the fall convocation on Monday, Aug. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall, as the college officially begins its academic year and the celebration of its 125th anniversary. In addition to comments from McAuliffe, representatives of the […]

GSSWSR Professor James Martin Quoted in USA Today Article on Military Extensions

Posted August 10, 2010

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Professor James Martin, a retired Army Colonel with a 26-year career in the Army Medical Department, is quoted in this USA Today article on the elimination of forced military extensions. Martin was the senior Social Work Officer in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the first […]

Class of 2010 to Celebrate Convocation and Commencement Weekend

Posted May 13, 2010

Bryn Mawr’s class of 2010—320 undergraduate students from throughout the United States and the world—will be graduated at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16 on Merion Green. The College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will also be granting 18 Ph.D.s and 23 master’s degrees. Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research […]

GSSWSR Student Wins Fulbright to Research Women’s Education in Ghana

Posted May 13, 2010

How does adult education benefit women in Ghana, their families, and their communities? Kyra Turner-Zogbekor, a Ph.D. candidate in social work and social research, will use a Fulbright Research Grant to investigate that question next year in Accra, Ghana. Turner-Zogbekor will collaborate with the University of Ghana‘s Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy and its […]

GSSWSR’s Jim Martin Contributes to Guide for Educators and Those Working with Veterans and Their Families

Posted February 17, 2010
photo of Jim martin

Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) Professor Jim Martin is one of 35 national experts recently tapped by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to create a new guide to help Schools of Social Work as they develop courses and programs for social-work students, community behavioral-health providers, and […]

Bryn Mawr’s Year in Review and a Peek at What’s Ahead in 2010

Posted January 12, 2010

There are still a few more days before the hustle and bustle of the spring semester has everyone so busy that they can’t remember what happened last week, let alone last year. So we thought we’d take a moment to look back on some of the things that made 2009 so special and to take […]

Get to Know Interim Dean of Admissions Chuck Rickard

Posted October 9, 2009

Former Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jenny Rickard has become the College’s chief enrollment and communications officer. While the College conducts a national search for a new dean of admissions, seasoned college-admissions professional Chuck Rickard (the two Rickards are not related) has agreed to serve as interim dean of admissions. Read more»

New Research Project on Affordable Housing Provides Opportunities for GSSWSR Students and Undergrads

Posted August 24, 2009

Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research’s Sandy Schram is partnering with the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) on an initiative that will involve undergraduates as well as master’s and doctoral students in social work in a continuing research agenda to develop information that helps promote more affordable housing for the poor […]

GSSWSR Researchers Look at Race and Welfare Reform

Posted June 9, 2009

Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research’s Sanford Schram, GSSWSR doctoral student Linda Houser and colleagues from the University of Minnesota and University of Kentucky have co-authored the feature article for the June issue of American Sociological Review. Read more»

USA Today

Posted May 13, 2009

GSSWSR Associate Professor Jim Martin, an expert in military culture, is named as a source for this article about the trimming of the National Guard.

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Names New Dean

Posted May 13, 2009

Darlyne Bailey has been appointed dean and professor of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and special assistant to the president for community partnerships at Bryn Mawr College. Bailey will join the College Aug. 1. She is currently the assistant to the president at the University of Minnesota and a professor in […]

Q&A: Social Work’s Sanford Schram on Welfare and the Economic Crisis

Posted February 6, 2009

The New York Times recently reported that “despite soaring unemployment and the worst economic crisis in decades, 18 states cut their welfare rolls last year, and nationally the number of people receiving cash assistance remained at or near the lowest in more than 40 years.” We asked the Graduate School of Social Work’s Sanford Schram, […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: USA Today

Posted November 25, 2008

In “General’s story puts focus on stress stemming from combat” Associate Professor of Social Work Jim Martin says that mental health screening should be seen just like any other medical screening.  “This is analogous to knowing your cholesterol level,” says Martin.

GSSWSR Reaccredited Through 2016

Posted November 11, 2008
GSSWSR Director Marcia Martin

After a comprehensive review, the Council on Social Work Education has reaccredited Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research through 2016. In its Accreditation Review Brief, the CSWE site team noted many of the GSSWSR’s strengths, including the integration of diversity content into the curriculum, the commitment to at-risk populations and […]

Altruism and public policy: two lectures by political scientist Deborah Stone

Posted November 10, 2008

Is it government’s role to help those in need? Or does a guarantee of aid sap individuals’ ambition and self-reliance? On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Deborah Stone, a senior fellow at the Demos policy center, research professor of government at Dartmouth College, and author of the new book The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor?, will explore aspects of this fundamental public-policy question at two public lectures … Read more »

Bryn Mawr in the Media: New York Times blog

Posted October 30, 2008

The GSSWSR’s Sanford Schram is cited in “Do Americans Still Hate Welfare?” on the New York Times blog Economix: Explaining the Science of Everyday Life.

GSSWSR’s Vartanian wins $110K grant to research the impact of geography on food stamps’ effectiveness

Posted October 27, 2008

What effect do food stamps have on the long-term health and economic success of their recipients? It’s a difficult question to answer because so many variables besides food stamps contribute to health and economic outcomes. But Professor of Social Work and Social Research Thomas P. Vartanian has created a research model that compares several types […]

GSSWSR professor, student win award for top policy paper of 2008

Posted September 10, 2008

For the second time in three years, the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research’s Sanford Schram has won the American Political Science Association’s annual award for the best paper on public policy. Schram and GSSWSR doctoral student Linda Houser presented the paper at the annual APSA meeting last year and received the award […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted July 13, 2008

“Combining hoops and education” is an article about a camp created by Bryn Mawr GSSWSR student Mike Fratangelo and Haverford senior Greg Rosnick.