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The SSW Buzz is a communications vehicle for sharing information and listing events sponsored by and for the Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) educational community. Content is submitted by users.

Inclusion in the SSW Buzz does not imply endorsement by Smith College or SSW. SSW is not responsible for any infringement of copyright or other applicable laws on the part of SSW Buzz users. News items which do not adhere to Smith College's Acceptable Use of Computer Resources policy will not be posted. We reserve the right to edit any content submitted.

SSW is committed to an intersectional approach to racial justice and asks groups to consider the following questions when arranging events.

  • Who is making decisions about the event you are submitting? 
  • Who is at the table when planning for the event you are submitting? 
  • What does the planning group look like through a racial justice lens? Social justice lens? 
  • Is the event being submitted inclusive and broad? Does it exclude access for some people or groups?
  • Is the planning group transparent?
  • Is there a mechanism to engage the least served in the community?
  • How is information among the planning group and among participants/invitees shared and centralized?

Summer 2020 Teaching Resources

Moodle gradebook workshops are available July 6-10 if any faculty would like to sign up. 1:1 consultations to tinker with asynchronous aspects or anything of interest can be requested by completing the 1-on-1 Consultation Request Form

The Learning, Research and Technology team is offering optional one-on-one consultations with faculty throughout the month of May and in the weeks leading up to Term 2. Consultations are approximately 20 minutes long and are intended to help you think through how to adapt courses for remote learning, technology options to support your teaching, and any other pressing questions you have.

If you haven't already, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register for a consultation by no later than Friday, May 15th

Self Care Resources

Zack Kundel, Head Swim at Smith College, will post fitness ideas and wellness tips on a weekly basis. You can follow along, while gaining skills and knowledge to build your own fitness program for the future.  He will introduce concepts and tools you can use at home, without equipment, that are fun and engaging.  His goal is for you to view this as “something you get to do, versus something you have to do.” New posts will be available each Tuesday. 

Access week 6 here.

Archive: Week 1 | Week 2  | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 

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Movement is one of the best ways to reduce stress and make space for your brain to process learned information more effectively. 

Join Kris Mereigh in prioritizing your selfcare and movement through this 15 minute downloadable meditation. Mindfully walk at your own pace and timing. No judgment. 

Feel free to play, rewind and pause. Instructions are here and here is the link to the audio file.


Join us for our 1 p.m. ET Wednesday meditations for a more community based experience! Link weekly in the Buzz!

Continuing Education Opportunities

School Social Work Under Pandemic Conditions: Navigating our Roles

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Location: College of the Holy Cross (virtually if needed)
CEs: 5.5 CEs for social workers

Learn more.


Notices from the Deans Office

Reminder that Marta Sotomayor Fellows and staff from the Smith College Office for Equity and INclusion offer confidential consultation to any member of the Smith SSW community who may have questions or concerns regarding how race, gender, disability or any other aspect of social identity and social oppression manifest in education and training. Find out who they are here.

You can find many of the resources you'll need for summer 2020 on one place, the 2020 Summer Resource Guide. From virtual supports to campus offices and services, it's all in one place. Check it out and see what it has to offer!

Steps that are part of our universal access approach (apply to all students) include:

  1. Record all classes, use captioning (live transcription, and make transcripts available.

  2. Students may turn off their cameras for respite during class, and thus may be less directly participatory, but not necessarily less engaged in the course. They should not be penalized for doing so. If you need them directly involved for a particular activity, let them know how long that will last and when they can turn off their cameras again.

  3. All handouts or PowerPoint that students are asked to review or refer to in class are provided in an accessible format 24 hours prior to the class session.

  4. Grant short extensions whenever possible.

Accommodations (for specific students only) 

You will receive an accommodation letter only for things that are beyond generally expected universal accessibility practices. No accommodation letters for accessible course materials as that is a universal access requirement, not an accommodation. Please note: Some disabled students also do not have accommodation letters because they could not anticipate what they needed until they encountered barriers learning online.

If students request accommodations that you can make, please do not hold up the implementation until you get accommodation letters. If they are asking for something you don’t think you can make (don't know how, feel it is not reasonable without modification plans, etc.), please contact Laura Rauscher in the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to discuss.

You can always bring questions to Associate Dean Marsha Pruett, as well. If they are technology questions, Nieves Ayala at Faculty Support Services is your go-to.

Or you can contact the ITS staff at Smith via email or through the Digital Support Site