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In this issue:
Mission OSA President’s Message Advisor Comments National Conference News Scholarship Winners OSA Fundraisers Officer Requests NABSW Members at Work Winter Graduate Acknowledgements Officer Communication 1 2 3
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M I S S I O N
NABSW NATIONAL OFFICERS
The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research. The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. will work to create a world in which people of African ancestry will live free from racial domination, economic exploitation and cultural oppression. In collaboration with national, international and other appropriate groups, NABSW will continue to leverage its collective expertise to strategically develop the capacity of people of African ancestry to sustain and flourish. NABSW’s vision is guided by the Principles of the Nguzo Saba, which are Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith, and the Seven Cardinal Virtues of Ma’at, which are Right, Truth, Justice, Order, Reciprocity, Balance, and Harmony.
Hotep Family! I hope that each of my brothers and sisters are enjoying your spring semester at your respective schools. I am sure each of you are currently preparing to join OSA in Hot-Lanta for an exceptional conference. OSA has been working hard to provide our family with a fun & educational experience while you are in Atlanta. Conference activities include: OSA Anti-Bully/Anti-Violence Campaign for Youth, Student Symposium, Dance for Africa, and our Annual Luncheon. Brothers and sisters, if you have not registered for conference I highly suggest you log onto www.nabsw.org a register today. It will be an experience that you will not want to miss. Conference is the time for all members of NABSW to come together as family and empower each other, so that we can take it to our communities and share our knowledge. I wish you all luck in your studies and hope to see you in Atlanta! Peace & Blessings,
Adaugo Glenda Duru
Adaugo Glenda Duru, BSW OSA President
Hotep Family! I hope this message finds you doing well and your semester winding down successfully. It is my hope that many students will be in attendance at the 44th Annual National Conference! Attendance at the National Conference affords you many opportunities. It is certainly a blessing and privilege to have founders of our organization living and able to give their personal account of the rich history of the establishment and mission of NABSW. Additionally, you have the opportunity to network with professionals from across the country and abroad. From Black Adoptions, to founders of organizations, to professionals who have played key roles in African-Centered practice and/or the Black Family, to individuals simply delighted to share their experiences in Social Work/Social Welfare, the experiences are rich, fruitful, and invaluable. The Office of Student Affairs has worked very hard to prepare a schedule for students that offer varied experiences and opportunities; we hope you enjoy them. Additionally, please take the opportunity to purchase your NABSW apparel from the Office of Student Affairs and other items from the many vendors who will be present at conference. Jesse J. Lewis/John Hayman states „The tendency in the Black Community is to turn the dollar over once and it‟s gone. The more business you do with Black businesses, the more opportunity your brothers and sisters have of bringing their businesses to where you think they ought to be”. As you tour & spend time in Atlanta, we hope you do so with this thought in mind. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta and we stand ready to assist you in having a wonderful conference experience! Live Well, Be Well, Do Well, Tameka L. Brown OSA Advisor
FIND US ON
The 44th Annual National Conference IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. It will take place in Atlanta Ga. on April 3-April 6, 2012. The conference will begin promptly at 6:00pm Tuesday April 3, ending at 10:00pm on Friday April 6. The theme for this conference is “"A New Era of Social Justice and Civil Rights". The host chapter of the National Conference is the Atlanta and Greater Metro Georgia Chapters of the National Association of Black Social Workers. We are excited to have an opportunity to gather with you all in Atlanta, Ga.
265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE
Atlanta GA, 30303
RATES Discount Conference rates NO LONGER APPLY. Deadline was March 1, 2012
Please feel free to contact hotel for current rates and be sure to let them know you are with NABSW
Plus 15% Tax
The hotel is a smoke-free environment
For reservations, call 800-228-9290
This collaborative project will fall in line with the City of Atlanta’s observance of the National Youth Violence Week initiative by educating school age youth in our communities on the impact of intra-racial bullying and violence on individuals and communities. According to Child Health USA (2011), 13.7% of Black students reported being bullied in the 2009 school year. Please join us as we tackle the increase in bullying and violence amongst Atlanta teens on Tuesday, April 3 from 9 a.m.to 2:00 p.m.
SIGN UP TODAY BY EMAILING 1st Vice President Michael Riley
NOTE: It is Important to Sign up to Receive Training Information
JOIN US AS WE WORK TO BUILD AWARENESS AND STRIVE TO END BULLYING IN OUR COMMUNITY
CONFERENCE Volunteer Opportunities
There are many volunteer opportunities for students during the National Conference. Below you will find various volunteer options along with a detailed description of the duties. Those who are interested in volunteering in any one of these capacities, please contact OSA 1st Vice President Michael Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org Please provide your name, chapter affiliation, arrival date and time, and the areas in which you wish to volunteer. There will be a Volunteer Orientation via telephone conference call on Sunday, April 1, 2012. More details will be provided to you about the call when you sign up to volunteer. Service Project Volunteers – See Above Workshop Monitors – Choose a workshop of interest that you would like to monitor. You will be responsible for the distribution/collection of the workshop evaluation forms. Once collected, you will tally them and return them to the Volunteer Booth.
Hosts & Hostess – Harambee Ceremony: Volunteers will pass out programs to conferees & help with seating of elders and ensure no one enters during the processional.
Ceremony Participants – 5 students (at least 2 males needed) Opening Session – 3 students to carry the Red, Black and Green flag. You will read 2-3 lines explaining the colors of the flag (will be given before ceremony). Must be able to speak loud and proud in front of an audience of 600+ persons.
Harambee Ceremony – 2 male students are needed to carry the NABSW shield at the beginning of the ceremony. There is no required speech; however you must wear African attire. Also, additional volunteers, both male & female volunteers will be used as escorts during the processional. Luncheon Participants – 6 students are needed to assist with the raffle held during the Cenie “Jomo” Williams Luncheon. You will be provided the tickets when they call for the raffle. You will go around the room collecting money and giving tickets to interested conferees.
DANCE FOR “AFRICA”
Thursday, April 5, 2012 10:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m. ANNUAL NABSW NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Admission: Free to all conference attendees:
OSA would like you to join us in donating a Box’s of Pencils or Cash Donations for The PENCIL PROJECT
This year we are supporting a fellow student member, Randryia Houston of the University of Houston ABSW Chapter, Non-Profit: The Pencil Project. Randryia co-found The Pencil Project after visiting Ghana and noticing the need for pencils in the public school system. Randryia stated, “As a social work student, the opportunity to travel to Ghana enables me to indulge in both my passions: making a tangible impact in a disparate community and my love of culture. I am grateful for the opportunity the African American Studies Department at the University of Houston has afforded me and for the unwavering support of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Graduate College of Social Work.” Let’s Support our fellow members passion and donate to this great cause!
If you would like to find out more of the wonderful work our fellow peer is doing in Ghana please visit www.pencils4ghana.org.
Special Guest Performance From University Student
of West Georgia Association
We will have one of Atlanta’s Hottest DJ’s in the Mix! Spinning all the Latest Hip-Hop, Reggae & Afro beats
PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING AT L’ S L O C A L C H A P T E R D U R I N G O U R S TAY
Every year, we have students who are attending conference for the first time. Often times, we hear „wow, I had no idea conference was like this, I‟m so glad I came.‟ As you prepare for conference, here are a few items to note and ideas to keep in mind. As an African-Centered organization for African Descendants, the preferred attire is African Garb or attire. Please note, it is not mandatory but many conferees will have on African attire. If this is your first conference, you may want to consider having African attire for the Cenie “Jomo” Williams luncheon and Harambee Ceremony. If you only have one piece of attire, the Harambee Ceremony is the gathering to wear it. If you do not have any attire, many of the vendors at conference have pieces you can purchase at very reasonable prices. At the Harambee Ceremony, chapter Presidents or their Designee are asked to share a monetary gift with the host chapter. Please be sure to discuss with your chapter members and decide on the amount of the gift prior to coming to conference. Students should also bring their school schedules with School Name visible accompanied with a letter from their Chapter President or Student Advisor. If you are planning to attend student sponsored events such as our “day of service” please note we would like volunteers to wear OSA Sankofa T-shirts, which will be available at Conference. Also pack something RED for the Pump Up The Red, AIDS AWARENESS event hosted by the gracious Atlanta Chapter. Additionally, you will hear many African terms and phrases used. Listed below, are some of the common words and phrases you will hear. . . . . . . . Hotep—Peace Harambee—Pulling together for a common cause Ma’at—Truth and Justice Ashe – Amen or so be it (ahh-shea) Sankofa—Reaching back in order to move forward Mwanafunzi—Student. (Mah-won-uh-fun-zee) Umoja- Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, ―I am We,‖ or ―I am because We are.‖ (ooh-moe-jah) . Kujichagulia—Self-determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that in the best interest of our family and community (koo-gee-cha-goo-lee-yah) . Ujima—Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world. (ooh-gee-mah) . Ujamaa—Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support. (ooh-jah-mah) . Zawadi—gift. It is an African tradition that a heartfelt gift is shared with the young people of the villages. In the spirit of this tradition, NABSW chapters share a monetary gift with the host chapter of the National Conference. The host chapter then shares this gift with a community organization with like and similar values of NABSW. . Asha—God’s Will . Asante Sana—Thank You . Habari Gani—What’s the News? Or What’s Happening?
Congratulations to all 2011-2012 Scholarship Winners… OSA celebrates you and the work you are doing in our communities.
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The Office of Student Affairs
“The Future of NABSW” T-Shirts
Cost: Sizes S-XL are $15.00 each Sizes 2X-3X are $17.50 each OSA t-shirts celebrating the spirit of Sankofa: “Learning from Our Past to Build Our Future” may be purchased in sizes medium to 3X. They are available in the following color options: (BG)-Black with Gold writing (PG)-Purple with Gold writing (BW)-Blue with White writing (RW)-Red with White writing (GB)-Grey with Black writing
SHIRTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE DURING CONFERNCE!!!!!
Thank you for your support of OSA!
The Office of Student Affairs “The Future of NABSW” Polo Shirts
Cost: Sizes S-XL are $20.00 each Sizes 2X-3X are $22.50 each OSA polo shirts celebrating the spirit of Sankofa: “Learning from Our Past to Build Our Future” may be purchased in sizes Small to 3X. They are available in the following color options: (BG)-Black with Gold writing (RB)-Red with Black writing (WG)-White with Green writing
SHIRTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE DURING CONFERNCE!!!!!
Thank you for your support of OSA!
A REQUEST FROM OUR 1ST VICE PRESIDENT
Hotep: I bring you greetings from the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc (N.A.B.S.W.), Office of Student of Affairs (OSA). As Spring has arrived, many of us have begun to realize that a leg of our journey is almost complete. We can see the light of “graduation” at the end of the tunnel. I want to be among the first to congratulate you on a job well done. The road has not always been straight or the path easy, but we have maintained the course. So I say, well done! My hope for each of you is that you realize your dreams whether it is to go into the workforce of continue to further your education. I would also like to ask a favor of you. We here in OSA and our National elders are proud of the accomplishments of our students. We would like to recognize you in our steering committee meetings, newsletter and in our blog. Unfortunately, we are rarely aware of graduates. It is greatly appreciated if one member of each student chapter could submit the names, degree, when graduating, next plans and residing location to OSA. For example, Michael Riley, BSW and B.S. Psychology, graduating Spring 2012, Grad School, Richmond, VA. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our 44th National Conference in Hotlanta! Congratulations and good luck. Sincerely,
Michael J. Riley
Michael J. Riley, B.S.W./B.S. Psych. (Candidate 2012) Vice President, Office of Student Affairs National Association of Black Social Workers Membership and Transition Committee Chairs Omega Delta Sigma National Veterans Fraternity, Inc. USMC Veteran firstname.lastname@example.org
FOLLOWED BY A REQUEST FROM US ALL…
In light of recent events we are not only reminded that the elephant called Racism remains in the room. We are also forced to acknowledge that despite great stride there is still much work to be done and the first step is to ensure that when the time comes we are ready to show OUR POWER through voting. It is crucial for members like you and myself to vote this election and everyone that follows. With President Obama up for re-election… we are asking that you make sure you are registered to vote, tell a friend to vote, offer someone a ride to the voting booths, and if you are in school out of state “line up your ducks” so that you can cast your Absentee vote. NO MATTER WHAT ROCK YOUR VOTE!!!!!
NABSW Members are serving our communities with pride and dedication… Check it out!
Medgar Evers Social Work Students Help At-Risk Students in Brownsville
CROWN HEIGHTS — Two students from the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program at Medgar Evers College are interning at a community center in eastern Brooklyn this school year as part of a multidisciplinary effort to increase student involvement in social justice initiatives. That effort, called the Community Justice Program, combines aspects of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s re-entry and diversion initiatives with programs offered by the college itself. This semester, seniors Nicole Franklin and Peta-Ann Bigby are continuing the work they began last fall assisting students in Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes’ Back on Track program at the CPCA Community Enrichment Center in Brownsville. Nicole and Peta-Ann work with Field Instructor Joann Robinson, a licensed social worker with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, to facilitate mental health counseling sessions that offer conflict resolution skills, methods on building self-esteem, proper ways to argue a point, and giving support to families of alcoholics and those affected by gang violence. ―At the Back on Track site, I have the opportunity to bring my education to the field and use it in a practical way,‖ Bigby said. ―Working alongside the program director, who is also a social worker, I get to use what I have learned in the classroom to improve students’ lives.‖ ―The learning experience at Back on Track has been very enlightening and has reinforced my commitment to pursuing a career in social work,‖ Franklin said. ―I want to particularly thank my field instructor for helping me to connect theory learned in the classroom to practical applications.‖ ―We are preparing the next generation of social workers at a time when there are so many challenges — high unemployment, domestic violence, substance abuse, to name a few,‖ said Dr. Eda Harris-Hastick, director of the BSSW program. ―We are so delighted to have this partnership that offers us opportunities to lend our expertise.‖
OSA would like to recognize all 2012 Graduates. We recognize your hard work and commitment to the Black Community of Social Work. Know that we celebrate with you, encourage and support your next steps to Greatness.
Be encouraged and guided by the Principles of the Nguzo Saba, which are Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith, and the Seven Cardinal Virtues of Ma’at, which are Right, Truth, Justice, Order, Reciprocity, Balance, and Harmony.
Glenda Duru– University of Houston GSSW Layna Glover– Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR Shariyfa Rose– Bryn mawr College GSSWSR Michelle Bair– Viginia State university Michael Riley– Virginia Commonwealth university Zelaika Clarke- Widener University Lavena Ogletree– university of Kansas SSW Mercedes Tiggs– University of Southern California Issac Ford-University of southern California Maurice Williams-university of southern California
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Dr. Gloria Batiste-Roberts
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