Mosaics – Fall 2019

students giving thumbs up at commencement.


Commencement Gallery

Highlights from our 2019 ceremony

Advocating for Asylum Seekers

MSW students travel to border

Precious Mission

Meet ECDSS Commissioner Marie Cannon

Inside the issue

Advocating for asylum seekers

border wall that says "empathy.".

Precious Mission: Reducing turnover at ECDSS

marie cannon.

Landmark NIH-funded researchers join social work

Clara Bradizza and Paul Stasiewicz.

Excellence in Research and Field Education

group of field educators.

Commencement Gallery

graduate with family.


micro-credential badge.


quote bubble with "hello" in it.

Dean's Column

Portrait of Nancy Smyth.

News of the School

stack of newspapers.



Tracey Eastman
Director of Communications 

Sarah J. Watson
Communications Officer and Senior Project Manager

Jana Eisenberg
Editor/Contributing Writer

Maureen Hammett
Vice Dean/Chief of Staff

Elizabeth Caputi
Graduate Assistant 


Libby Pfonner
Onion Studio, Inc.

Dylan Buyskes
Onion Studio, Inc. 

Mosaics, the newsletter of the UB School of Social Work, is produced twice a year. October, 2019. Volume 14, Number 1.

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