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On Saturday, January 21, 2017, about a million people of all ages, gender expressions, sexual orientations, nationalities, abilities, races and religions united at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., following the presidential inauguration. College of Social Work faculty, staff, friends, alumni and students were among the protesters and many also participated around the country and in their hometowns.

College of Social Work BSSW students (l to r) Alyssa Wischmann, Ellen Williams and Caroline Filbrun traveled to Washington to stand up for women’s rights. They became a part of history in the process.

“I attended the march not only to advocate for my own rights, but for the rights of all women,” said Filbrun. “I wrote Audre Lorde’s quote ‘I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own’ on my poster because I feel that it captures the essence of my beliefs as a woman and as a social work student.”

Surrounded by hundreds of thousands of empathetic, compassionate and like-minded women, Filbrun said she marched toward a future in which sex/gender is neither an impediment nor an advantage.

Social Work’s Dean Tom Gregoire comments on the meaningfulness of the march and appreciation for those who participated in it:

This weekend, many CSW faculty, staff, friends and alumni participated in the Women’s March on Washington in D.C., as well as in their own hometowns. Thank you for your advocacy, your courage and your passion in reinforcing to our country the vast commitment to an equitable and kind society that actually does exist among so many Americans.

The events of the last few months have shocked many, but have also served to wake up our country to both continuing and newly emerging threats to people living in poverty, women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, persons from different countries and religions and our entire planet. Your presence invited to the national conversation many good people who have never before reflected upon the plight of the vulnerable.

We are all our best selves when we are in service of others. It is a very generous thing you do when you speak up for others. There are many out there who don’t know you, or what you are doing this weekend. But they will live better, eventually, because of you.

Watch this video from the Women’s March!

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Anderson-Butcher and Dr. Alicia Bunger—both have been named 2017 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Fellows.

SSWR Fellows are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society—to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society.

The SSWR Fellowship has been established by the Society to honor and to recognize current SSWR members for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contribution to SSWR as a scientific society. SSWR Fellows serve as role models and mentors for those pursuing careers in social work research and will continue to actively advance the mission of the Society.

For more information about Anderson-Butcher, click here.

For more information about Bunger, click here.

To learn more about the SSWR Fellowship Program, click here.

Congratulations to doctoral student Donna Ruch who is the recipient of the 2017 Society for Social Work and Research Doctoral Fellows Award. Ruch’s dissertation proposal is entitled “The Implications of Attorney Representation on Juvenile Justice Decisions Leading to the Disproportionate Incarceration of African-American Male Youth.”

SSWR judged Ruch’s research to be most deserving of this prestigious award, recognizing the significance of the problem addressed in her research, the rigor of the analysis and its contribution to knowledge in social work and social welfare. Ruch will be honored for her achievement at the 2017 SSWR Annual Conference in New Orleans in January.

For more information about Ruch, click here.