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Hear Mark Joseph’s Stories from Ghana on October 30

Oct 29 2014

Ghana pic by Mark JosephMark Joseph, an associate professor at the Mandel School and director of the National Initiative on Mixed Income Communities, spent his recent sabbatical in the Department of Geography at the University of Ghana in West Africa, conducting emerging research on mixed-income neighborhoods in Accra.

He’ll be sharing photos and stories from his trip and discussing his research at a presentation on Thursday, October 30, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in room 108 of the Mandel Community Studies Building. Dr. Joseph’s topics include:

  • teaching a class of 250 students – seminar style!
  • dealing with the emotions of visiting a slave castle
  • canoeing to a village on stilts
  • drumming with a master drummer – being chased by a monkey
  • visiting the amazing first liberal arts college in West Africa (perhaps on the continent)
  • dealing with outages of power, water, cooking gas – and an entire capital city running out of petrol
  • freestyling with an African dance troupe
  • being “arrested” twice, ok more like shaken-down twice…
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Shir Mnuchin to Address Cultural Identity on October 30

Oct 25 2014

Shir-MnuchinThe Mandel School’s Master of Nonprofit Organizations Program is hosting guest speaker Shir Mnuchin on Thursday, October 30, to present “Identity: Refugee, Olah, Israeli” at 4-5pm in room 108 of the Mandel Community Studies Center (1 PD hour).

Based on her family’s experience fleeing Syria for Israel, Mnuchin speaks about the topic of cultural identity from firsthand experience, examining the role the past — and learning about family history — plays in building the present and future. She incorporates a scene from the documentary film, “Shadow in Baghdad” (2013), about her mother, Linda Abdul Aziz, an Israeli Middle East reporter who fled Baghdad in the 1970s.

Mnuchin holds an MBA in Social Leadership and a BA in Israel Studies, Politics and Government (with honors) from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She has served as an Israeli Emissary in the United States and was appointed as the liaison for the Educational Corps to the Mandel Foundation and the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. In the past few years, Mnuchin has been involved extensively in community oriented projects, combining a great passion for social justice and empowerment while practicing leadership.

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Victor K. Groza Co-Authors “Adopting Older Children,” a Guide for Parents

Oct 24 2014

WEB_GrozaVictor K. Groza, the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies at the Mandel School, is the co-author of a new book, Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children over Age Four (New Horizon Press), which will be released in December and helps guide parents through the process of adopting an older child.

Dr. Groza’s co-authors are Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, a communications and research assistant at the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development and a doctoral student at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and Gloria Russo-Wassell, a national certified counselor and doctoral candidate in educational development psychology at Cornell University and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York.

The three adoption and child development experts pooled their vast knowledge on adoptions, child welfare and clinical practices in writing this guide to help parents answer the question: Are we ready to take this journey and adopt? They address the issues to consider in adopting or having already adopted an older child. They also dispel many misconceptions people have about bringing an older child into the family.

Adopting Older ChildrenAdopting Older Children is realistic but not sensationalistic. It tells the good, the not-so-good and the cautions of adopting an older child,” said Groza. “To be prepared is to be forewarned and forearmed in case issues arrive. We see that families struggle when they are not adequately prepared for the adoptive experience with an older child.”

The guide was inspired by the large numbers of children yearning to be part of a permanent family and the need to correct misconceptions that prospective parents often have about adopting children age 4 and older. Contrary to misconceptions:

  • Not all older children available for adoption have special needs or are juvenile delinquents.
  • Many older children, available for domestic and international adoptions, are not unruly children with behavior problems, but are in foster care due to neglect or abandonment that is driven by the parent’s inability to raise them because of poverty or health conditions.
  • Parents of older adopted children feel fulfilled as parents, but differently than parents adopting a baby.

While parents of older adopted children miss out on the early developmental milestones in infancy, Groza points out a number of advantages beyond missed diaper changes and late-night feedings, such as the capacity for better communication and more information about the family history in domestic records (particularly if the child was in the foster care system).

Bosco-Ruggiero, through her work with children who have faced traumas, has seen the incredible resiliency and hope older children have.

“I want the public to know how many wonderful kids are waiting for a family to love them,” said Bosco-Ruggiero, an adoptive parent herself.

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Join us at CSWE APM 2014

Oct 22 2014

CSWE APM logoThere are a variety of ways you can join the Mandel School at the Council on Social Work Education 60th Annual Program Meeting, the premiere conference for social justice professionals on October 23-26 in Tampa, Florida.

  • Visit us at our booth #504. We have a special gift for alumni, and lots of great information for everyone else from prospective students to our social justice colleagues.
  • Check out our full-page ad in the conference program, which celebrates the past 100 years of social work education excellence at the Mandel School.
  • Speaking of celebration, join us at a private reception for Mandel School alumni, faculty and students to celebrate a record year for our research and training office, as well as Dr. Mark Singer’s election as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. The event will be Friday, October 24, at 5pm at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina. To RSVP, contact Nada DiFranco (nada.difranco@case.edu)
  • Use the hashtag #2104APM on Twitter for the latest news about the conference from us and other attendees.
  • On Friday, be sure to check out Dr. Terry Hokenstad at a “Meet The Authors” event at the conference. Details: http://www.cswe.org/75084.aspx

The following Mandel School alumni and faculty are presenting during the CSWE APM 2014:

Eileen Mazur Abel, PhD 1999; Brent Angell, PhD 1992; Nadine Bean, MSSA 1990, PhD 1994; David Beimers, PhD 2009; Kerry Beldin, PhD 2008; Ralph Belk, MSSA 1996; Diane Bessell, MSSA 2005; David Chenot, PhD 2007; Carlton David Craig, MSSA 1993; Laurel Davis, MSSA 1993; Jill Dickie, MSSA 1974; Bruce Friedman, PhD 1993; Abbie Frost, MSSA 1977, PhD 1984; Bob Herman-Smith, PhD 2008; Virginia Rondero Hernandez, PhD 2002; Dr. Megan HolmesDr. M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad;  Lindsey Houlihan, MSSA 1990, PhD 2010; Altaf Husain, MSSA 1994; Jungyai Ko, MSSA 2010; Lori Longs Painter, MSSA 1987; Timothy McCarragher, PhD 2002; Lisa McGuire, PhD 2000; Lance Peterson, PhD 2010; Barbara Pierce, PhD 2012; D. Mark Ragg, PhD 1997; Mary Rawlings, PhD 2008; Joanne Riebschleger, PhD 2001; Amy Restorick Roberts, MSSA 2000, PhD 2013; Ann Roy, PhD 1985; Mary Secret, MSSA 1973; Nancy Sidell, MSSA 1990; Susan Smalling, PhD 2012; Dr. Elizabeth M. Tracy; Scott Wilkes, PhD 2013.



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