Mosaics – Fall 2020

Image of winning commencement caps decorating content: Hector Chaidez-Ruacho, Most Inspirational Victoria Eden, Most Creative Whitney Marris.

Capping off an unusual year by celebrating with a cap decorating contest. We proudly congratulate each of our new alumni.

Inside the issue

Social Work & Police Reform

Stock image of police and protestors facing off.

We asked, you answered

Illustration of group of people with empty text boxes above them.

Dean's Column

Portrait of Nancy Smyth.

Last Word

Portrait of Hilary Weaver.



Maureen Hammett
Vice Dean/Chief of Staff

Sarah J. Watson
Associate Director of Communications

Jana Eisenberg
Contributing Editor/Writer

Design and Photography

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, 2020. Volume 15, Number 1.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York. UB’s more than 30,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 390 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.

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