|Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.|
On behalf of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work (UBSSW), you are cordially invited to attend the Celebration of Social Work, a special event to celebrate the contribution of our distinguished alumni and to make a meaningful impact on your alma mater.
Distinguished Alumni Awardees
Dr. Toby Laping, MSW '63
Dr. Nancy Kusmaul, PhD '13
Lisa Kaseman, JD/MSW '06
Many alumni express an interest in giving back to the UBSSW. Some of you volunteer as field educators, mentors and advisory board members. Here's an opportunity to support a student-led initiative. At the Celebration of Social Work event, three students, each representing a different initiative, will pitch live for your support (very short "elevator" pitches). Those in attendance will vote for their top choice, and the initiative that earns the most votes will be awarded 100 percent of the event registration fees.
Challenge2Change Social Action Initiative-A leadership development program for high school students that creates a community of thoughtful student leaders who bridge cultural differences in a meaningful and positive way. MSW students conduct intergroup dialogues with diverse WNY high school students to develop and implement social action plans that will enhance cross-cultural understanding and social justice locally. Dialogue teams implement their social action plans at the end of the semester to create real-world impact by hosting community forums, advocacy events or power mapping initiatives, among other possibilities.
Students: Krista Regdos and Erika Vertigan
Adaptive Sports Tools for the Visually Impaired: A Social Impact Venture-During eight weeks of summer 2018, MSW student Cheney Brockington, and her MBA partner Lauren Weiss, embarked on a journey to create social change within Western New York with the Social Impact Fellowship. Placed at Olmsted Center for Sight, they identified immediate barriers in to participation in adaptive sports which often facilitate certain inequalities for individuals with a visual impairment. They designed an adaptive sports athletic product, as well as an online adaptive sports resource guide, which promote inclusivity in physical activity.
Student: Cheney Brockington
Students Helping Students Fund-The UBSSW Students Helping Students Fund was created to help individuals through emergencies that might otherwise disrupt a student's progress towards earning their degree from the school. The fund, which is supported through donations from students, faculty/staff and alumni, offers one-time financial assistance for immediate and current emergency situations. Awards of up to $600 are granted upon review and approval of a studentâ€™s request for assistance.
Student: Priscilla Kabilamany
One drink ticket and heavy hors d'oeuvres are provided by the school.
Please RSVP at the link to attend by October 8, 2018.