From the Director
Black History Month
Doctoral Application Open
Society Social Work Research Conference Recap
Annual Program Meeting Call for Proposals
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Belonging Survey
Survey Participants Needed!
Update Your Contact Information
Thoughts on Black History Month:
Black History Month, also referred to as African American History Month, is observed annually from February 1–28. The MFP features the incredible work of our fellows each month but recognizes this as a special time to intentionally celebrate the contributions our fellows and alumni who identify Black or African American are making to support the well-being of their communities. Read on to learn how master’s fellows Asia Locke, Bridget Agnew, and Halimah McBryde are maximizing their MSW experiences and using CSWE’s MFP to launch their careers in social work.
Asia Locke (she/her/hers) is a current MSW student at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. On campus, Asia has worked with students with disabilities an advocate and liaison within the DSS office. She’s also worked in various settings with BIPOC youth populations as a mentor, advocate, and currently as a school social work intern. Asia’s clinical focus is on practicing school social work in the public school system. A demonstrated interest in exploring intersectionality as it relates to Black communities' mental health resources and help-seeking behaviors compliments her stated career goal. She shared, “My hope is that my research will inform teaching pedagogy and best practices in schools.”
Bridget Agnew enjoys the challenge of working with middle-school–aged youth. An MSW student at the University of Texas at Austin, she brings 7 years of experience in positive youth development and substance use with her to the MFP. When asked to elaborate on her mental health and/or substance use disorder practice interest as it relates to working with racial/ethnic minority populations, she said, “As a Black American woman, I am most interested in serving those most marginalized (e.g., Black youth). Critical theories and frameworks (e.g., Black feminist thought, Crip theory, and the like) inform my practice.”
University of Buffalo MSW student Halimah McBryde is similarly committed to serving minority youth, specifically those who identify as African American and Muslim. She currently works as a case manager with a faith-based domestic violence organization whose target population is Muslim, immigrant, or refugee survivors of domestic violence. “As an African American Muslim, I have personally experienced the deficit of mental health treatment providers who can understand/relate to the experiences of being a minority,” she explains. “My hope is to bring representation for African American Muslim females to the social work community and provide a safe, comfortable space for minority youth to receive the treatment they deserve.”
The application for the 2023–2024 doctoral fellowship opened January 15 and closes March 15. Access additional details and application instructions here.
In the weeks following the January 15th launch MFP staff members had the pleasure of holding four information sessions targeted towards prospective applicants and individuals who may engage with potential applicants such as social work faculty and staff. Through these sessions, the MFP team provided nearly 150 registrants with details on the fellowship award, eligibility requirements, application guidelines, review process, key selection criteria, and more.
This month, MFP staff members will be available to share additional information during two scheduled Zoom Q&A sessions. These sessions will differ from the information sessions held last month in that there will be no didactic component; Instead, the hour will be held solely to respond to questions brought by attendees. Register to join below:
Applications close March 15, 2023, at 5:00 PM (ET), and applicants will be notified of their application status by August 2023.
Please direct questions about application requirements to [email protected].
The MFP had a strong showing at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) annual conference in Phoenix, AZ last month. Five current fellows received funds from the fellowship to attend the conference. MFP Director Dr. Kesslyn Brade Stennis maximized the valuable opportunities afforded by SSWR to engage with fellows and alumni present, host an MFP special interest group, network with social work scholars about MFP and IMFP, and distribute fellowship details to approximately 50 individuals, schools, and organizations.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) invites proposals for the 69th Annual Program Meeting (APM) in Atlanta, GA, October 26–29, 2023. The call will close tomorrow, February 10, 2023, 11:59 PM (ET). Find detailed information here.
Two significant trends are presenting new challenges to professional development in social work. First, demographic changes will transition the United States to a majority–minority with vast implications for higher education. At the same time, social work programs have developed positions to address inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and belonging. Both trends signal emerging and growing professional development needs in social work education. Several commissioners from CSWE’s Commission on Membership and Professional Development have devised a survey to solicit social work faculty, staff, and student observations and experiences with Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Belonging in social work programs. To learn more or participate in the survey, click here.
The following project is being led by current doctoral fellow, Gabbie Aquino-Adriatico, MSW (she/her).
Are you interested in sharing your experiences and kuwentos for a project on the Mental Health of Filipina mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you identify as a Filipina or Filipina American with child(ren) ages 15 and under? Are you based in the United States? If so, please consider completing this screening survey to see if you are eligible. Thank you!
Have you changed jobs in the last few years? Changed your primary email address? CSWE’s MFP relies on current contact information for our internal database, which we use to contact alumni and help us prepare our reports for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Please use this link to share your updated contact information. Additionally, you are encouraged to reach out to MFP alumni you are connected with and request that they share their updated information too. Thank you in advance for supporting MFP staff efforts to enhance connectedness within the MFP community.
CSWE Diversity Center’s February Educator|ResourceVisit CSWE’s Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice to view the February Educator|Resource.