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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

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.

NEW: Student and Faculty Blog

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

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to BSW student Joriel Sharp, the 2016 National Association of Social Workers Westchester Division Student Social Worker of the Year!

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.

Message from the Dean

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

The Social Work Program Advisory Board holds their Fall 2016 Meeting

Pictured are:

Raymond Franzem, Director of Internships, AHRC
Hawa Jalloh, NASW Westchester Division Chair
Regis McDonald, Senior Vice President, The Children's Village
Carol Bennett Speight, Director, Social Work Program
Carolyn Hanesworth, Assistant Professor, Social Work Program
Emily Murphy, Assistant Professor, Social Work Program
Diane Gitelson, Former Director of Social Work at Skyview Nursing Home
Ricardo Torres, Director of Homeless Services, Westhab Family Services
Amanda Rodriguez, Vice President, Bronx Social Work Club
Alan Carson, Vice President, Dobbs Ferry Social Work Club

Social Work Students Attend Legislation Day

On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 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 (

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!

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.