Marta Sotomayor Fellows

Marta Sotomayor, M.S.W. '60, Ph.D., was one of our most distinguished alumnae. After earning her M.S.W. from Smith College, she became the first Latina in America to earn a doctorate in social work. She served as president and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging and was a senior policy adviser to the Secretary's Task Force on Minority Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). She was a tireless advocate for Latino communities and a powerful voice for social justice. In 2008, Sotomayor received the Smith College School for Social Work's Day-Garrett Award for her outstanding contributions to professional social work and the SSW educational community.

The Marta Sotomayor Fellows, named for our illustrious alumna and colleague, help in a variety of ways with our anti-racism commitment. These fellows are available for confidential consultation about any questions, issues, or concerns regarding race, racism, or any other aspects of social identity and social oppression.

Marta Sotomayor Fellows have office hours open to anyone in the community to discuss any concerns, issues or research related to racism.

2018-19 Marta Sotomayor Fellows

Mamta Dadlani, Ph.D

Mamta DadlaniMamta Dadlani, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice, training and research efforts support the exploration of intersectional identities and the related experiences of oppression and privilege on individual, interpersonal and systemic levels. She recently completed a Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis-West and is a Scholar of Multicultural Concerns in the Division of Psychoanalysis of the APA.

Mamta's interests include psychotherapy process and relational change; countertransference use and management; intergroup dialogue; hip hop and healing; mental health challenges for PoC in higher education; and community partnerships. Her teaching areas at Smith include socio-cultural concepts, group theory and practice, and research methods. Connect with Mamta at mdadlani@smith.edu.

Mamta Dadlani, Ph.D., 2017-18 Sotomayor Fellow

Janae Peters

Janae PetersJanae Peters, L.M.S.W., entered the clinical social work world by way of her work as an educator at an independent boarding school. The residential and advising pieces of the work gave her insight into the student experience outside of the classroom, and the English literature classroom created space for difficult conversations and witnessing transformation. A growing concern about identity development, social identity, social identity threat, and the impact of oppression and oppressive systems on achievement in the educational environment created in her a sense of urgency in working to learn how to improve the educational and identity development experience for all people. She graduated from Smith’s M.S.W. program in 2015 and is currently the Dean of Student Development and Community Life at an independent school outside of Birmingham, Alabama. She is developing an advisory and peer mentoring program at the school and serves as the school counselor. 

Smith’s anti-racism commitment played a large role in her decision to apply to the M.S.W. program, and that commitment influences her eagerness to collaborate with others through the Marta Sotomayor fellowship. Consideration of intersectionality, critical race, social identity, and  person-in-environment theories is crucial to her work with people. Connect with Janae at jpeters@smith.edu.

Davey Shlasko, M.Ed.

Davey Shlasko is the founder and managing consultant of Think Again Training, an organization that provides training and consulting on implementing social justice practices in areas like gender diversity, LGB and trans inclusion, racial & economic inequality, coalition building and allyship. An alum of Smith’s undergraduate program, Shlasko earned a master’s degree from UMass Amherst in social justice education. Shlasko contributed to several editions of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, and also authored Trans Allyship Workbook. At the Smith College School for Social Work, Shlasko teaches Sociocultural Concepts and Transgender Studies: Theory, Practice & Advocacy.

Davey Shlasko, 2017-18 Sotomayor Fellow

LaTasha Smith

LaTasha Smith portraitLaTasha Smith, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist practicing in a college counseling center in New York State. In this position, LaTasha focuses on enhancing the mental health of college students and racialized populations. She maintains a private practice and has taught Social Work Practice, Outcome Evaluation and the first year M.S.W. Field Seminar as an adjunct instructor with Columbia University School of Social Work and Smith College School of Social Work. She has worked throughout her career with survivors of interpersonal trauma providing individual and group therapy in a variety of clinical settings. 

LaTasha brings a clinical, socio-cultural and anti-racist perspective to her work that extends to her therapy practice, to the classroom and within systems, structures and communities to which she belongs. With this lens, LaTasha focuses on the presenting issues or tasks at hand and explores the influence that systems of oppression have on one’s experience and health. She has an eye towards critical awareness and perspective, capacity enhancing and devising solutions.

LaTasha is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Smith College School for Social Work. Her interests include racial identity development, mental health and wellness of black college students, transference and countertransference in clinical supervision, and the training, supervision and professional development of social workers. You can reach LaTasha at Llsmith@smith.edu

Nichole C. Wofford

Nichole Woffard ProtraitNichole C. Wofford, LMFT, LCSW, PhD Candidate, is a licensed marriage family therapist and licensed clinical social worker who has been working in the mental health field for more than 20 years. Nichole served as a program manager for a children’s outpatient mental health clinic for 10 years and currently works as the manager of a school district-wide family support center known as the Connect Center. Nichole has maintained a small private practice for the past 16 years and specializes in utilizing an intersectional clinical approach with her clients. Nichole specializes in working clinically with members of the African-American and LGBTQ communities.

For the past two years, Nichole has been the doctoral student representative of Dean Yoshioka’s Strategic Planning Committee. Her research interests include LGBTQ adolescent help-seeking behaviors, the impact of trauma on the mental health of LGBTQ PoC, and the pedagogical philosophy of teaching mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment to M.S.W. students. Nichole has taught undergraduate psychology courses at San Francisco State University and has taught the HBSE 131 course as a Smith SSW adjunct professor since 2015. Connect with Nichole at nwofford@smith.edu.