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    Sociology of Immigration (SOCL 295) Students on a Field Trip to the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

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    Congratulations Class of 2017 on 550 Hours of Field Work!

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    Our team competed at the Model UN and won!
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    SSBS Students Shined at the Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference on April 7th

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    Mercy College, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Hosts 2017 Mini-Model U.N. for Westchester High School Students


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Message from the Dean

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

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.

School of Social and Behavioral Science IMCR Mediation Training/Conflict Practicum - January 2017
School of Social and Behavioral Science, IMCR Mediation Training/Conflict Practicum - January 2017
April 24, 2017

For more information on the IMCR Mediation Training/Conflict Practicum click on the purple arrow to the left

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
Faculty Spotlight

Somers High School Human Rights Club hosts Mercy College Professor Ed Albrecht and representatives from Amnesty International for a discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis.

Mercy Students Visit the UN

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.

Dr. Rebecca Trenz, Dr. Douglas Evans and Sr. Theresa Kane were honored at the Faculty Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, May 16th

Dr. Trenz, Psychology, and Dr. Evans, Criminal Justice, were both recently promoted to the position of Associate Professor.  We look forward to their continued dedication to excellence.  Sr. Theresa Kane (pictured above) will be retiring from full-time teaching at the end of the Spring 2017 semester.  Many thanks to Professor Kane for her many years of service and continued involvement in Mercy's community.

Immigration Class Trip to Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Students taking SOCL 295, Sociology of Immigration, took a class trip to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum on Feb. 27th as part of a grant to fund student/faculty engagement in field trips to immigrant sites and ethnic communities.

Field Work Celebration 2017

Senior Social Work students completed 550 hours of field education in a variety of social service settings.  Their hard work & dedication to the field education program was celebrated on Friday, May 5th, 2017. 

A Day In The Life: Paralegal Panel Discussion

On Monday, May 1, 2017, the Advanced Seminar in Paralegal Studies, the capstone course for the Paralegal major, hosted a Paralegal Panel Discussion.  Four paralegals - two working in private law firms, one working for in-house counsel for an insurance company, and one working for a financial firm - spoke to the students about their experiences in the "real world" of work.  Students were able to have all their questions answered as to what a day in the life of a paralegal is like! The panel included (seated left to right):  Melissa Pena, Mercy graduate,  MaryAnn DeToma, Mercy graduate, Tracy Warren, Mercy student and Carmen Olivia.

Mercy College received an Outstanding Delegation Award and Carolina Santrovitsch de Silva (above) won the Individual Outstanding Position Paper Award in the General Assembly at the 2017 Model UN Conference (April 9-13)!

Student Spotlight

Social Work Senior, Christina Stephens was honored at the 2017 Westchester National Association of Social Workers Awards as Student of the Year! Pictured with Christina are Professors Mary Knopp Kelly, Emily Murphy and Carol Bennett Speight. We are so proud of you Christina!

Criminal Justice Program Visits Children's Village

Professor Doug Evans and students from the Criminal Justice Program visit Children's Village, a cottage system out-of-home placement for justice system and child welfare involved youth and immigrant youth who are being detained while awaiting their legal proceedings. The campus has a school building, gym, basketball court, pool, barbershop, recording studio, and outdoor fields for sports. It is situated on 180 acres in Dobbs Ferry only one mile from Mercy.

Counseling Connections

Pictured above with counseling students and a fellow research collaborator, Assistant Professor of School Counseling, Jack Simons, marching in support of women's rights and human rights at The Women’s March in Washington, DC

Find out what SSBS Faculty and Students are working on, writing, and thinking about on the the new SSBS Student and Faculty Blog!

Check out the latest posts: My Experience at the Opera House and '13th': A Review
Congratulations to Sr. Theresa Kane on her retirement, on behalf of all her admirers in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sr. Theresa, who received a lifetime achievement award at last year's Trustees Scholarship Dinner, will be retiring from full-time teaching at the end of the Spring 2017 semester.  We wish her all the best and have been immensely honored by her service and leadership to the College.

Mercy Students at the Metropolitan Opera House

15 lucky students attended Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) at the Metropolitan Opera House on Thursday, May 4th.

World premiere: Dresden, Court Opera, 1843. Der Fliegende Holländer is the earliest of Wagner’s operatic creations to remain in the repertory. The two lead roles represent archetypes the composer would return to, in one form or another, in most of his later works: the “otherworldly stranger” and the woman who sacrifices herself for his salvation. The work’s unearthly ambience is impressive; both the world of nature and of the supernatural are magnificently evoked in the score.

Mercy Students Attend A Court of Appeals Session

On Thursday, April 27th, students in the Legal Studies program were invited to hear oral arguments before the New York State Court of Appeals held at the Westchester County Courthouse.  The Court of Appeals sits in Albany, NY and, generally, arguments are heard in Albany. This was a rare opportunity for students to observe oral arguments (in 3 cases) before the State's highest court.

Prior to attending, students from PACE Law School met with students in the Legal Studies classes to discuss the cases they would be hearing.  This was truly an exceptional opportunity for our students and an amazing learning experience.  The students were also able to meet with the judges after court adjourned and a Q&A session with the judges followed.

Students were accompanied by Dr. Diana Juettner, Chair, Social Sciences, Dr. Donna Drumm, Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies, and Dr. Donna Bookin, J.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director, Legal Studies.

Highlights from the Women's Empowerment Conference - April 18, 2017
Mercy Students at the Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference on April 7th

A great day with strong Mercy participation: 1 platform presentation, 17 posters, 45 student researchers and 15 faculty mentors


Social Work Students Attend Legislative Education Advocacy Day (LEAD)

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Mercy College BSW Social Work Seniors, along with over 600 BSW & MSW social work students, educators, and leaders from 18 schools of social work across New York State gathered at The Capitol to advocate on behalf of two key legislative issues; increased funding for the Social Work Loan Forgiveness Program and Raising the Age ( The Raise the Age bill was passed shortly after LEAD by the New York Legislature with various political factions claiming it as their own victory and its supporters calling it a historic protection for juvenile defendants.

ALGBTIC 2017 Conference in San Antonio, TX

Jack Simons, Assistant Professor of School Counseling presented his research:

Sexual Minorities in Schools: A Review of Research and Resources from Outside the United States at the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) 2017 Conference in San Antonio, TX

Mercy Students Visit Israel and the West Bank

International Relations & Diplomacy student Sasha Baranov recounts his experience on a sustainability mission overseas as Mercy College again pays it forward!