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New York City Department of Social Work Host Discussion on "The New Jim Crow"
On January 30, 2014, The New York City Department of Social Work premiered the Catalyst for Compassion Book Club with a discussion on Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Approximately thirty people, including students, alumni, social workers, and faculty, attended the meeting to discuss the issues Michelle Alexander described in her book: massive incarceration of African American and Hispanic American youths, who are relegated to a permanent second class status when they are released, stripped of the very rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement, such as the right to vote, the right to serve on juries, the right to be free of legal discrimination and employment, and access to education and public benefits.
It started with several presenters’ reflections on the book: “It was too shocking to process by myself.” “I didn’t like the book because it was true.” “It was a hard-read and painful.” “It is my favorite book since reading it in my class.”
The guest speaker, Rev. Ruben Austria, the founding Executive Director of Community Connections, shared his personal experience of working with youths and his involvement with finding alternatives to incarceration, and emphasized the church’s role in helping youths and changing the criminal justice system.
After the presentations, the participants were assigned into break-out groups, where they were presented with questions of reflection and later had the opportunity to share feedback with the audience. The participants responded to the first book club meeting positively, and they felt that the discussions were informative and thought-provoking.
The presenters included:
Delia Kim (MSW, Founder and Director of Young Governors, a youth empowerment program based out of New Life Community Development Corporation David Fritz (LMSW, Forensic Social Worker, Legal Aid Society of New York City);Marcia Hererra (MSW, Youth Social Worker for the Community Health Action of Staten Island); Joseph Ray (BSW, Nyack College alumnus; Facilitator, Fortune Society) The Catalyst for Compassion Book Club was formed to provide a forum where students, alumni, educators, and community practitioners gather to promote a just and caring society with compassion by integrating their Christian faith and social work practice. The book club’s purpose is to facilitate critical thinking and discussion of crucial and current issues through reading and discussing relevant books. For more information on the book club and upcoming meetings: Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatalystsCompassionBookClub">https://www.facebook.com/CatalystsCompassionBookClub
For more information on the book: http://newjimcrow.com/
Nyack SWO Hosts VET2MENTOR Event
On Friday, December 6, 2013, VET2MENTOR (Co-Founders, Solange Delmar and John Caraballo – Alumni) along with Students Against Hunger (SAH) co-hosted an event at Nyack College for over 80 teenagers from various detention centers throughout the New York City area. Christmas came early for these teenagers. They dined together, were ministered to thorough music artists, and inspired with messages of hope from soldiers and veterans, and also received gift bags of hope.
The student Social Work Organization (SWO), student body, and alumni were all available to serve the teens and help with the event.
The VET2MENTOR mission: Mentoring, Empowering and Inspiring youth ages 12-18 especially those adjudicated and bringing Soldiers and Veterans together to accomplish the task.
Lives will be changed forever because of this one act of kindness.
Humphreys and Roland Present at NACSW
Two of Nyack College’s, Social Work faculty members, Dr. Mayra Lopez-Humphreys, and Dr. Brian Roland, presented papers at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) 63RD Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, that was held from October 17 – 20, 2013. The NACSW theme for this year’s convention was Social Justice: Contributions of Faith and Spirituality.
Dr. Lopez-Humphreys presented a paper entitled, “Can We Do This Here?’ Conservative School and Dialogic Practices”.
Dr. Roland’s poster presentationn was on, “The Impact of Counselor Recovery Status, Disclosure, Education, and Experience on the Working Alliance in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.”
Dr. Lopez-Humphreys Co-Authors Countering the Silence
Dr. Mayra Lopez-Humphreys, Assistant Professor of Social Work, co-authored Countering the Silence: A Faith Leader’s Toolkit for Preventing Teen Pregnancy. This resource addresses the high rates of teen pregnancy in the Hispanic community. The project was sponsored by Esperanza, one of the largest Latino faith-based evangelical networks in the United States.
To read the resource:
Dr. Brian Roland - First Year Faculty Award
Dr. Brian Roland, assistant professor of Social Work, received the College of Arts and Sciences 2013 First Year Faculty Award at the year end Faculty Assembly on May 13, 2013.
The award was given in recognition of Dr. Roland’s outstanding contributions in the Department of Social Work during his first year at Nyack College.
Here is an excerpt of the inscription on the award:
“Your dedication to teaching and research models Nyack’s commitment to Academic Excellence, serving as an inspiration to your college and students.”
- New York City Department of Social Work Host Discussion on "The New Jim Crow"
- Nyack SWO Hosts VET2MENTOR Event
- Humphreys and Roland Present at NACSW
- Dr. Lopez-Humphreys Co-Authors Countering the Silence
- Dr. Brian Roland - First Year Faculty Award
- Dr. Yun - 2013 Chair of the Year
- Dr. Lopez-Humphreys Honored for Leadership
- Dr. Brian Roland
- Solange Delmar, a Social Work Senior, Spoke at an Event that Honored Women Veterans
- Students Study Abroad in the Philippines
- Event: Trip to Washington DC
- Event: Nyack Connection Day
- Event: Social Work Day at the United Nations
- Event: Conference on Family Violence and Faith Communities
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