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Message from the Dean

A message from the Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Karol Dean.

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Meet Nancy Schiliro

A veteran wounded in action, Nancy Schiliro is getting her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Mercy College. She wants to bring clinical expertise to treating others like herself. Mercy College--a yellow ribbon school--is going to get her there!

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences seeks to foster caring in our global community. Through learning to treat one person at a time, helping individuals and families better manage every day issues or working in a large organization Mercy College teaches students how to become an integral part of their world.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Jane Hogan, and her colleagues, Tony Dejesus from the University of St. Joseph’s and Joan Adams, a consultant and trainer, presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Denver, Colorado on October 16th, 2015. The title of their presentation was Evaluation of a Novel Racial Equity and Cultural Competency Training/Consultation Model. They discussed evaluation of this training/consultation model with child welfare supervisors and managers in New York City. They presented on the quantitative, pre and post test, results that revealed a statistically significant increase in self-reported knowledge, skills, and awareness related to diverse populations.

Mercy Honors SSBS Faculty for Years of Service

SSBS faculty were honored for their years of service at a special Founder's Day event on October 3rd. Pictured above are: 

  • Mary Knopp Kelly - 35 years
  • Sr. Theresa Kane - 15 years
  • Saliha Bava - 5 years

Mary Kraetzer and Martin Kelly joined them in the festivities as the college community proudly celebrated our dedicated and wonderful faculty!

Not pictured but also honored:

  • Donna Bookin - 5 years
  • Illya Lichtenberg - 5 years
Student Spotlight

SSBS Trip to the United Nations

Students in the International Relations and Diplomacy program recently had the opportunity to visit the United Nations in Manhattan on a field trip organized by IRDP Professor, Michiko Kruoda. UN staff gave the students the official tour of the Security Council, the Ecosoc chamber, and the General Assembly. In addition, students got a chance to see the interesting art collection held within the UN. Some even got their passports stamped - since they had officially left US territory! President Tim Hall, Dean Karol Dean, and Professor Eduardo Albrecht joined too. After the tour, many stayed behind for a Thai meal at a favorite UN staff restaurant on 1st Avenue.

Bryan Stevenson at Mercy College

On November 18th, Mercy College and the Center for Social and Criminal Justice at SSBS hosted a lecture and book signing by renowned author, Bryan Stevenson. The acclaimed public interest lawyer spoke about fighting poverty, challenging racial discrimination, the pursuit of social justice, and the role colleges and their students can play.

SSBS Partnering With the Community

On Sunday, October 18th, the Dobbs Ferry Social Work Club participated in the Hudson Valley Walk to Defeat ALS. Pictured are club President, Linnea Leger and Vice President, Julianne Scheck. The walk, which took place at the Walkway Over the Hudson, helped raise over $200,000 in the fight against ALS.

Alumni Spotlight

Sherille Jonas is a 2013 graduate of the Bachelor's in Social Work Program at Mercy College. Sherille is currently the Senior Family Advocate at the Partnership for the Homeless. At the Family Resource Center in East New York, Brooklyn, Sherille works with families who are at risk of, or are experiencing a loss of housing. She provides counseling, case management and connection to resources that support families in becoming permanently re-housed in the community. Sherille also has supervisory, program development and evaluation responsibilities. She looks forward to continuing to expand her career in social services administration on behalf of programs who serve families in need.