Mosaics – Fall 2023

Group of school students from young to older, illustrated.

Inside the issue

It takes a village

Timid child holding mother's hand.

Shifting the culture

Group of four woman from ITTIC and Ken-Ton schools.

School highlights

Diane Elze.

Jessica Al Kadi, MSW ’23

Jessica Al Kadi.

From the field

TikTok logo.

My perspective

Justine O'Brien.

Celebrating graduation

MSW students walk towards commencement ceremony.

Dean’s column

Portrait of Keith Alford.

Class notes

Yellow conversation bubble with "Hello!" written.



Matthew Biddle
Director of Communications and Marketing

Sarah J. Watson
Associate Director of Communications

Destiny Rust
Graduate Assistant


Joseph Galanti


Dylan Buyskes
Onion Studio


Ann Whitcher Gentzke
G&A Services Inc.

Mosaics, the magazine of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, is produced twice a year. October 2023. Volume 18, Number 1.

The University at Buffalo is New York State’s flagship and one of the nation’s leading public research universities, recognized for our excellence and our impact.

Address changes and other correspondence, including Class Notes submissions, may be sent by email to or by mail to: Editor, Mosaics, University at Buffalo, School of Social Work, 685 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260.