Dean's Corner

imageWelcome to the Dean's Corner - an e-publication from Jacqueline B. Mondros, D.S.W., Dean and Assistant Vice President for Social Determinants of Health, Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare. Dean Mondros will be sharing the latest news and achievements regarding the SSW and topics relevant to the field of social work, so please check back frequently to see what's new!



March 2021 Moving Beyond Division

For many years now we’ve been focused on our divisions.  It’s been true in politics, in the media, in universities, in our families and communities. Today, the passage of the American Recovery Act offers us the opportunity to focus on what we have in common as human beings and as social workers. 
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January 2021

Statement from Dean Mondros in Response to Violence at the U.S. Capitol
We all witnessed the violent attacks, desecration of a national democratic symbol, displays of racism, anti-Semitism and divisive hate that occurred in our nation’s capital. These threats to our democracy oppose the standards and values that are the bedrock of the social work profession.
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June 2020

On the Deaths of Arbery & Floyd: A Message from Dean Mondros
Even while we are consumed with the pandemic, as social workers, we can and we must call attention to injustice. We are outraged at the death of George Floyd, a black man murdered by four police officers in Minneapolis. And before George Floyd, it was Ahmaud Arbery, another black man killed in February by two white men as he jogged through his Georgia neighborhood.

December 2019 Your Remarkable, Magnificent Social Work Journey Has Begun
Welcome incoming students to the School of Social Welfare. We are delighted you are here! As the airlines say, we know you have a lot of choices and it is a true privilege to have you here at Stony Brook.
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 February 2018 The Road Ahead
On February 7th and 8th, the Stony Brook School of Social Welfare hosted a site visit from the Council on Social Work Education, our accrediting body.
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December 2017 Staying Woke
Despite its advantages, I commonly dislike jargon. True, it promotes understanding among those who share a common language.
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October, 2017 Advice for Social Workers: Navigating the Current Political Landscape
To quote the Beatles, I saw the news today.  Oh boy.  
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August, 2017 The Most Important Thing New Social Workers Will Learn:  The Lasting Impact of Social Inequality
Summer seems to fly by. On May 19th, the School graduated more than 250 newly minted social workers in a joyous celebration at the Staller Center. They have begun the process of studying and sitting for their licensure with the help of our news Alumni L-Fund. 
April 6, 2017 Stand Up! Responding the the Changing Political Landscape
I don’t know about you, but I am totally consumed with the news these days.  I pour over the New York Times, and then constantly check the internet and cable news.  So much is happening that is relevant to our work!
January 19, 2017 Social Work: The Way Forward
I write this “Dean’s Corner” column on the day we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King.  As a social worker and an American, I approach this day with a profound sense of awe of his courage and commitment, and admiration for the transformative achievements of the Civil Rights Movement he led.  We also must consider the gains yet to be realized, the importance of the work ahead, and our own role in that change. 
December 12, 2016 Thoughts of a Community Organizer: Post Election
In my mid-twenties I was the director of a small settlement house in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Kensington was a hard -core working class neighborhood, primarily Irish Catholic, with some Italian, Polish, and African American families. There were plenty of problems- lots of drug use among the kids, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, poor housing with few opportunities for mortgages, not enough jobs.
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November 9, 2016 Post Election Thoughts
The faculty and I recognize that as social workers you are probably reacting to the outcome of the election.  You are likely engaging in conversations with your family, friends, and neighbors, and we know that some of those conversations may be quite difficult.
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October 24, 2016 An Organizer's View of the Election
Elections are really a form of community organizing, that is, candidates organize people to vote in order to achieve preferred outcomes on issues.  The difference between elections and other forms of organizing is that candidates seek support for themselves (for example, as a woman, someone to have a beer with, or as a business man), in addition to the issues.
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September 28, 2016 Aging in Place in Suburbia
I am so glad for the positive response with the launch of the Dean’s Corner last month. We heard from several of you pleased with news about the School. I want to use this month’s message to tell you about what the School is doing on a critical social issue—aging in place in suburbia.
September 1, 2016 Inaugural Edition
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Dean’s Corner.  As we greet new BSW, MSW, and PhD students entering this August, we thought it would be a good time to launch a monthly update on all the news from the School of Social Welfare.
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