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Message From the Director

Dear MFP Community,

As the calendar turns to October, the Minority Fellowship Program enters its 45th year! Our accomplishments since 1974 are attributable to Carl Scott’s vision and leadership. Here are a few of the ways that Carl Scott’s legacy continues today: 

  • CSWE established the Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture to continue Scott’s legacy of equity and social justice in social work. The MFP is proud that Dr. Llewellyn Cornelius (MFP Doctoral ’88) will deliver this year’s lecture on Friday, October 25. 
  • The MFP started by supporting social work doctoral students in their pursuit of leadership positions in mental health teaching, research, and practice. During this year’s APM we will deliver our training events for the current cohort of 25 doctoral fellows. Please join us at our reception on Friday, October 25 to meet them! Carl A. Scott
  • Since 2014 the MFP has supported 240 master’s fellows. With additional funding for 2019–2020 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, we welcome our largest cohort of 44 master’s fellows! You will learn more about them in future editions of MFP Connect. 

We are all products of Carl Scott’s leadership more than four decades ago. We will commemorate the 45th anniversary in many ways throughout this fall and into 2020. Look for many opportunities to connect with each other! 

Duy Nguyen, PhD
MFP Director

Welcome 2019–2020 Fellowship Cohorts

MFP is pleased to announce the 2019–2020 cohorts of doctoral and master's fellows! MFP fellows are future leaders in social work practice, policy promulgation, research, and education who are committed to serving underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. 

2019–2020 MFP Doctoral Fellows  2019–2020 MFP Master’s Fellows 
Victoria Aguilar, University of Pennsylvania      Monique Aviles, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania       
Luis Alvarez-Hernandez, University of Georgia Laronda Barker, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Autumn Asher BlackDeer, Washington University in St. Louis Daniela Barrios Morello, Loyola University Chicago
John Cocco, Indiana University Megan Bolden, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Luis Curiel, University of St. Thomas Destiny Brown, Hawaiʻi Pacific University
Mariama Diallo, Rutgers University Ramona Bullock-Johnson, North Carolina State University
Justin Harty, University of Chicago Jazmine Burel, California Baptist University
Crystal Hayes, University of Connecticut Anastasia Campos, University of Connecticut
Monique Holguin, University of Southern California Jeff Capps, University of California, Los Angeles
Matt Ignacio, University of Washington Julia Childs Heyl, California State University, Dominguez Hills  
Kynai Johnson, Catholic University of America Lauren Cushion, University of Texas at Arlington
Carol Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Victoria Draper, Columbia University
Francisco Lozornio, University of Southern California Kean Flowers, University of California, Los Angeles
Robert Mays, Morgan State University Alexandra Franco, Catholic University of America
Kenya Minott, University of Houston Melanie Ginel, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Kendall Moody, Norfolk State University Piero Goytizolo, Boston College
Shawna Murray-Browne, University of Maryland, Baltimore Angel Gray, New York University
Gilbert Nick, Hunter College, City University of New York Victoria Guen, Columbia University
Araceli Orozco-Hershey, University of Washington Yajaira Hernandez Trejo, Columbia University
Christine Park, Catholic University of America  Joya Joseph, Columbia University
Amittia Parker, University of Kansas Natalia Khalifa, University of California, Los Angeles
Charlene Poola, Arizona State University Michelle Laster, East Carolina University
Luis Ramírez, University of Pennsylvania Treshana Lewis, University of Illinois-Chicago
Stephanie Rachel Speer, University of Denver Adriana Londono, Fayetteville State University
Carolina Villamil Grest, University of Southern California William Lopez, Boston College
  Aliya McCants, Clark Atlanta University
  Daniel McCrary, University of Georgia
  Gabriel Parson, Jackson State University
  Finn Phoenix, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  Rosanna Prieto, University of Hawaiʻi
  Brittany Rabb, Case Western Reserve University
  Jennifer Ross, Catholic University of America
  Kyra Russell, Columbia University
  James Sampson, Columbia University
  Prisley Santana, New York University
  Jonathan Sem, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  Jazmine Thompson, North Carolina State University
  Kyliah Thompson, Washington University in St. Louis
  Brenda Torres, University of California, Los Angeles
  Kristina Valdez, Marywood University
  Chade Walker, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  Jessica Wiley, Catholic University of America
  Cynthia Wilks, Florida Atlantic University
  Imani Wilson, University of Chicago

MFP Doctoral Fellows on the Job Market

MFP doctoral fellows are on the job market. These 10 fellows have research, practice, and teaching experience in mental health and substance use disorders. View and share this booklet for open faculty positions.

Presenting Doctoral Fellows and Alumni at APM 

Come and meet the 2019–2020 doctoral fellows at the MFP booth at the Annual Program Meeting (APM) held on October 24–27 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO. Check out this list of current doctoral fellows and alumni who will present at this year’s APM.

2019 Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture

Dr. Llewellyn J. CorneliusWe are proud to announce that University of Georgia Professor and Director of the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights, Dr. Llewellyn J. Cornelius (MFP Doctoral 1988) will deliver the 2019 Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture. Dr. Cornelius will present his lecture titled, “Social Work Education and Our Role as Social Justice Liberators.”



The Diversity Center’s Educator|Resource of the Month
CSWE’s Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice Educator|Resource is pleased to launch its new Center Library on Diversity and Justice, an extensive collection of contemporary books curated by Director Yolanda Padilla.

The Center Library includes memoirs, ethnographies, novels, graphic novels, and science fiction/fantasy titles. You will also find inspiring books by activists, who describe their visions for change and ways to approach the work of diversity and justice. As part of this project, an exciting new title will be highlighted every month on the Diversity Center homepage. This month’s book is My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive by Julissa Arce.

APM Preconference Field Education Institute Livestream
Not going to the APM preconference this year? Livestream portions of the Field Education Institute for a reduced registration fee and earn continuing education credits. Participants will have access to the opening plenary, panel presentations, and three breakout sessions focused on understanding and evaluating student competencies in field education. The livestream will be available on October 24, 9:00 am–3:15 pm EDT. View more details and register here.

Webinar: Interface Between SMI and the Criminal Justice System: Strategies for Realigning Patients Toward Treatment
Persons with serious mental illness (SMI) are overrepresented in the criminal justice system.  This webinar will review basics regarding the criminal justice system, provide data on the prevalence of people with SMI in the justice system, and offer an overview of models looking at reform to help individual patients and systems. Register for this free webinar on October 18, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm ET.

Publication: A Guide for Program Directors and Clinicians Implementing Tobacco Cessation Treatment for Individuals With SMI
Tobacco use is widespread among individuals with serious mental illness (SMI), and the high prevalence of tobacco-related mortality among them is well-documented. There is a critical need to engage mental health program directors and clinicians in efforts to increase access to evidence-based tobacco treatment for these individuals. Download this guide to help implement a tobacco cessation program for individuals with SMI.
National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs
The eight National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The LRPs offer repaying up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. View eligibility and more details on the programs.


Council on Social Work Education  
Program Associate for Curricular Resources

Miami University
Assistant Professor
For more information about this job announcement, contact Dr. Sellers (MFP Doctoral 1996)

University of Buffalo
Senior Faculty
For more information about this job announcement, contact Dr. Laina Bay-Cheng (MFP Doctoral 2002)

California State University, Fullerton  
Assistant/Associate Professor
For more information about this job announcement, contact Dr. Mikyong Kim-Goh (MFP Doctoral 1987)

California State University, Long Beach  
Assistant Professor
For more information about this job announcement, contact Dr. Suzie Weng (MFP Doctoral 2013)

Arizona State University
Full/Associate Professor
For more information about this job announcement, contact Dr. Felicia Mitchell (MFP Doctoral 2015)

Western Kentucky University  
Assistant Professor
For more information about this job announcement, contact
Dr. Saundra Starks.
George Mason University  
BSW Program Director
For more information about this job announcement, contact
Dr. JoAnn Lee (MFP Doctoral 2012).


University of Maryland Baltimore County
Assistant Professor

University of Connecticut
Assistant/Associate Professor (2 openings)

Rutgers University 
Assistant Professor (multiple openings)  

University of Maryland
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Medication Adherence Intervention
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MFP Connect Alumni Spotlight

We want to feature your work in MFP ConnectTell us about your current work with underserved racial/ethnic communities. We are especially interested in examples that build and foster connections between current fellows and alumni.