Monthly Archives: November 2013



Presentation Details: 

Adam Schneider will present “Building Communities for Social Justice and Social Change” on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. in 1000 McPherson Chemical Laboratory, 140 W. 18th Avenue on The Ohio State University campus. His presentation will focus on the critical role communities played in the history of social justice movements.  Schneider will discuss what he sees as the common thread of economic oppression, political exclusion, and social marginalization that the civil rights, women’s rights, welfare rights, and similar movements have in common.  Rather than taking the view of individual as fundamental, he will propose that we should instead focus on community, raising issues of power, political economy, and critical consciousness.  Changing the world can happen only when we understand that community is as important as the individual.  A panel discussion will follow the presentation. 

Presenter Background:

Adam Schneider is Director of Community Relations at Health Care for the Homeless (HCH), where he works on state and local public policy and community initiatives related to issues of health and homelessness. He had been an organizer of several grassroots initiatives undertaken by people experiencing homelessness. Prior to HCH, Adam worked as a case manager for people living in poverty in Baltimore. He has also developed and facilitated experiential community-based learning initiatives in Baltimore City and in central Appalachia. He has graduate degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. In addition to his work at HCH, Adam teaches courses on philosophy, social theory, social work, public health and public policy at several colleges and universities in Maryland.

50 Years: Theme Background:

This presentation is part of The Ohio State University College of Social Work 50 Years: Project, which is intended to commemorate and re-ignite the spirit of progressive change that was alive and well in America 50 years ago.  A number of major accomplishments involving social justice, economic human rights, and civil rights began in 1962 and extended through the 1960s, including the  1963 March for Jobs and Freedom, the War on Poverty which began in 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. 


This film is being hosted as part of the college’s “50 Years:” tribute to important milestones in our country’s response to poverty and inequality. Watch our website for upcoming events related to this theme.


The Ohio State University College of Social Work has selected its annual McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award winner as Aaron Craft, a Nutrition (Pre-Med) senior and Ohio State basketball guard. A Findlay, Ohio native, Craft was awarded this honor because of his ability to perform as a top-notch student, as well as his outstanding achievements on the court, in the classroom and in the community. He was nominated by Thad Matta, head men’s basketball coach.

The McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award, founded in 2008 by 1960 social work graduate Preston V. McMurry, Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., honors student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who best exemplify the idea of “Education for Citizenship” through significant volunteer service to the community. Coaches representing the 36 varsity sports at Ohio State nominated candidates for this award, and a committee of graduate-level social work student leaders selected the recipient.

McMurry was an important member of the Woody Hayes 1957 Championship Football team. He founded McMurry Inc., one of the largest advertising and marketing firms in the United States. McMurry received the 2002 OSU Alumni Association Citizenship Award and was selected as Arizona’s 2001 Philanthropist of the Year.

Craft truly exemplifies what the McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award represents—a high level of commitment and success both academically and athletically. His 3.92 grade point average speaks for itself, as does his being chosen as a two-time First Team Academic All-American.

Craft is a social champion who is committed to service, those around him and the community at large. Locally, he is involved in a wide variety of service projects including the A Kid Again organization, which provides fun experiences for kids living with life threatening illnesses. Kids have been able to play basketball with Craft and other Buckeyes for a day and Craft has personally visited kids unable to play because they were hospitalized at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

One of Craft’s most recent notable accomplishments was his trip with Mission of Hope to Haiti in August. Craft was able to give back by working in the Haitian community planting trees, cleaning the community, teaching, and simply spending time with the children. Other groups Craft has committed himself to include: Athletes in Action, through which he regularly shares his story of faith to churches and other organizations in the community, and Manna Café in Downtown Columbus, where he serves meals to the homeless and less fortunate, reads books to children at various area schools, and participates in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and the Make A Wish Charity.

“I am humbled and honored to have been nominated by Coach Matta and chosen by the College of Social Work for the McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award. Being an athlete at The Ohio State University means more to me than just playing a game,” said Craft. “Academics and citizenship have been an important part of my life.  I feel very fortunate to be able to use the platform I have as a student-athlete to help enrich the lives of others.”

Previous McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award recipients include: Alice Zita Kebeumen Jamen (women’s basketball) in 2008, Elon Simms (men’s track and field) in 2009, Ali Ristas (field hockey) in 2010, Bryant Browning (football) in 2011, and  Sarah Mignin (volleyball) in 2012.

To read more about Craft, click here. For more information about the McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship award, contact Frankie Jones-Harris, Communications Director for the College of Social Work, at 614/292-3540, 614/330-2206 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

Fifty years ago the spirit of progressive change was alive and well in America. What were some of the movements and events that made this era so monumental? Take a look at this “call to action” which revisits this legacy of change.

50 Years: A Call for Action


Congratulations to Sean Delaney, who has been chosen as the School Social Work Association of America’s (SSWAA) student board member! Sean serves as a College of Social Work SSW intern.

Sean will be participating in the board’s monthly electronic meetings with the hope of adding a student perspective to the issues discussed. She will also attend the SSWAA National Conference in Chicago and facilitate a meeting for attending social work students. Additionally, she will be working closely with the SSWAA Membership Committee to recruit student members which could include developing recruitment materials, assisting with social media postings, and reaching out to students wanting more information about SSWAA and the field of school social work.

“I am  thrilled to be working and collaborating with SSWAA to further develop and advocate for our field,” says Sean, whose SSWAA appointment begins September 2013 and runs through June 2014.