Dean Anita Lightburn shares with the Journal her thoughts about the social work profession and her goals for the future of the Smith College School for Social Work.
By showing how different families can be, Peggy Elman Gillespie, M.S.W. 1969, and her Family Diversity Projects hope to convince us all that diversity is something to be celebrated.
Provincetown (or P-town) residents responded quickly and thoroughly to the devastation that HIV and AIDS brought to their community in the early 1980s. In 1996 Pamela Peterson AC 1984, M.S.W. 1994 and her coauthor Jeanne Braham recognized P-town’s uniqueness and came to the Cape Cod community to interview those infected by HIV and AIDS as well as their families, friends, and caretakers.
Stress and burnout is not a new concern for SSW students. From the very first days, SSW professors who were also psychiatrists and psychologists sometimes served as therapists for students. By the 1980s, though, faculty and therapists had been separated into two different offices.
A 1944 article in the Smith Alumnae Quarterly in which a New York Smith Club panel meeting points up important wartime social work being done by alumnae and by graduates of the Smith School for Social Work.
The 1918 New York Times announcement about the Smith College Training School for Psychiatric Social Work.
In this 1983 essay, delivered as a speech at the 65th SSW Anniversary, Dean Ann Hartman, M.S.S. 1954, examined assumptions and implications with regard to world view and epistemologies. She offered the claim by Carol Gilligan in her book, In A Different Voice that women have a different way of thinking than men and asked what the implications are of that insight.
Throughout history, women have been denied the benefits of privacy. All that changed with Roe V. Wade. Here, the author of Private Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life examines the important role privacy plays in women’s lives.
In this article, a psychiatric social worker contends with challenges of work-life balance that will seem familiar to many working women ninety years later.
SSW Founder Mary Jarrett on why psychiatric social work made a good career for women. Part of “a series of 75 articles describing occupations open to women. Each article is written by an expert in that particular field and presents frankly and concisely the advantages, the disadvantages, the salary, the opportunities, the qualifications, and the best preparation for each vocation.”
Elizabeth Moore Manwell, one of the first SSW graduates, wrote this essay for the Smith Alumnae Quarterly in 1962. She asked, “Society needs unselfish women leaders, now more than ever, for the great women pioneers have gone but injustice and misery have not. Who will take their places?”
In this 1979 essay, Marian Schneider, M.S.S. 1960, reflects on divorce from the perspective of a marriage and family therapist and someone who has been divorced for a long time.
In this 1979 essay, Angelika Robertson describes the projects she and other fellows pursued while at the SSW New Research Center. She frames the value of the center to her professional life through the lens of coming back to academia after having her second child.
One of the first groups of alumnae out of Boston attempted to keep everyone connected in the 1920s through a newsletter they called “The Social Syndrome.” Though they only put out two issues, they are enlightening ones.
With the SSW coming up on its 30th Anniversary, Florence Day and Annette Garrett decided to launch the Program for Advanced Study. The New York Times covered the new direction they planned.
One of the goals Florence Day set for her administration was to establish a strong and lasting Alumnae Association. Listen to alumni and read Day’s own words on how she approached this goal.
The first Alumnae Association Newsletter after Florence Day’s death. The whole issue is devoted to a tribute to the former dean by Associate Dean Annette Garrett.
Soon after the more expected death of Director Florence Day from cancer, Associate Director Annette Garrett died unexpectedly. In this issue of the Alumnae Association Newsletter, SSW faculty member and alumna Nancy Staver gives a “biographical tribute” to the controversial and devoted Garrett.
In 1964, Dean Howard Parad sheperded the Program for Advanced Study (PAS) into a Doctoral Program.
This Golden Jubilee issue contains a history of the Alumni Association, a letter from Dean Howard Parad on the cusp of curriculum changes, and reminiscences about the very first years of the SSW from Mary Cynthia Smith, M.S.S. 1920.
Significant changes instituted by Ann Hartman soon after she became dean in 1986 brought the attention of students on campus, of the Northampton Community and of alumni spread around the world.
Essays include: “Joining Forces: The School and the VA Hope to Collaborate,” “An Appointment to Celebrate: Community Honors Dean,” “Returning to Our Roots: School Marks 85th Anniversary,” “Anti-Racism Project Raises Consciousness: Student’s Study Makes a Difference,” “Reaching for Excellence: A Special Week of Learning Planned”