November–December 2020

From the Director

As 2020 comes to a close, I sincerely hope that you and your families are healthy and well. As we have collectively coped with the pandemic and social crises throughout the year, I hope you will find the time to decompress from stressors large and small. 

We commemorated Native American Heritage Month in November in an interview with Jessica Saniguq Ullrich (MFP doctoral ’19). As a member of the Nome Eskimo Community, Dr. Ullrich discusses the importance of history and connectedness, which are themes that we can all lean on! Be sure to check out her video in the full newsletter.

We were overjoyed to see so many alumni join our current fellows for a networking event during the virtual CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM)! As we mentioned during the meeting, we will increase our use of CSWE Spark to foster connections between alumni and fellows in our dedicated, private community. Spark is free to join, and the steps to sign up and join the MFP community are in the full newsletter.

Finally, make sure to peruse the fellows and recent doctoral alumni who are featured in this year’s CV booklet. I am confident that each of them will make significant contributions in their postdoctoral careers.


In Fellowship, 
Duy Nguyen, PhD
Director, Minority Fellowship Program




APM 2020

Our doctoral and master’s fellows participated in this year’s virtual APM with training events incorporated into the conference program. The MFP’s marquee event this year was an interdisciplinary behavioral health panel to discuss the points raised in Ibram X. Kendi’s keynote. MFP doctoral and master’s fellows were joined by IMFP fellows from social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, nursing, counseling, and addictions counseling for small group discussions sparked by our panelists Shinichi Daimyo, Jonathan Yellowhair, and Crystal Hayes (MFP doctoral ’20).

Even though we could not gather in person, thanks to the sponsorship support from the social work programs at Boston College, Case Western Reserve University, Fordham University, and Rutgers University, the MFP sent snack boxes to our doctoral and master’s fellows. Make sure to follow @cswemfp on Twitter, where you can see our #FeedtheFellows campaign to thank this year’s sponsors!


CSWE Spark

Keep the conversation going on CSWE Spark! The Spark platform offers endless opportunities for connection, collaboration, and sharing within the MFP community. To join, navigate to the Spark home page and create an account. Within a few days, your account should be approved, and you’ll be able to search the Spark! Directory for connections. Start by adding Ameera Bhanji (MFP Program Associate) as a connection. When this connection is established, you’ll be given full access to the MFP Community and can engage with existing threads or create your own. Now more than ever, we encourage you to make the most of CSWE Spark! as the virtual home for the MFP family.


A Conversation With Jessica Ullrich, PhD

Where Are They Now: Alumni Career Updates

In fall 2020, Carmen Monico started working as an associate professor in the Joint MSW/PhD social work program of North Carolina Agricultural and Technological State University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro, teaching curriculum and elective courses in the Joint Master and PhD Social Work programs. She uses a global perspective in her teaching, research, and service. A primary research area for Carmen is global migration,  including (1) a study of the conditions in the various types of immigrant detention centers and shelters for unaccompanied minors; (2) an inquiry on Guatemalan migration to the United States, including conditions at predeparture, throughout the routes of migration, on arrival in the United States, and after return to country of origin or Mexico; and (3) health disparities disproportionally affecting Hispanics/Latinxs in North Carolina and how they cope during COVID.


2020–2021 Doctoral Fellows CV Booklet

The MFP is proud to share the 2020–2021 Doctoral Fellows CV Booklet! Our nine fellows and recent alumni are poised to make lasting impacts through their research, practice, and teaching. Make sure to download the booklet to review their bios and access their CVs.

MFP Database

Have you changed jobs in the last few years? Maybe you’ve changed your primary e-mail address? The 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.



Job Announcements
Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work invites applications for faculty positions for the academic year 2021–2022, beginning August 01, 2021: (a) two tenure-track faculty positions, open rank; (b) one clinical assistant professor (NTT).

Rutgers University School of Social Work seeks a dynamic scholar to join their productive faculty in continued expansion of the School’s innovative programs, specifically our Center on Violence Against Women and Children. Rutgers plans to add a faculty member to our tenure-track faculty primarily at the assistant professor rank, though our search is open to candidates from all academic ranks. Candidates should demonstrate achievement consistent with their rank.

University of Utah College of Social Work has four faculty positions available. Three of the positions are for teaching faculty and the other is a position with our field placement team. One of the teaching positions comes with responsibilities for instruction and online education.

The Indiana Wesleyan University Social Work Department is inviting applications for a full-time faculty position on its residential campus in Marion, IN.  Job responsibilities include teaching courses within both the residential BSW program and residential hybrid MSW program.  Faculty research and involvement in state and national professional organizations are expected and supported by the division and university. Institutional service is also an important part of faculty work.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work invites applications for one tenure-stream position at the assistant or associate professor level. We seek a colleague with a Latinx focus in their scholarship. Concentrations might include but are not limited to Latinx immigrant communities, critical Latinx studies, Afro-Latinx studies, intersectional Latinx studies, and/or global border studies.

Find more information, view up-to-date opportunities, and share openings in the Job Postings thread in the MFP Community on CSWE Spark!

CSWE Diversity Center’s December Educator|Resource
Visit CSWE’s Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice to view the December Educator|Resource