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SPOTLIGHT ON: MOLLIE INNOCENT

Mollie Innocent is a proud graduate of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service (2011).  She has published her first book entitled “Familiar Strangers”.  The book details the experiences of a young girl overcoming her dark past of sexual abuse by confronting her abuser and revealing the deep-seated pain of the experience to her entire family.

Additional information about the author and her book can be found  HERE. >>
 

 
RICH NIGHTINGALE NAMED ONE OF 21 “PEOPLE TO WATCH IN 2014” BY THE JOURNAL NEWS

Why?  With the impending retirement of Bob Miller in February after 30 years, Nightingale is taking over as president and CEO of Westhab, one of the region’s leading nonprofit housing and social-service providers for homeless and low-income families. A graduate of Tufts University, Nightingale received his master’s degreee in social work and administration from Fordham University and joined Westhab in 2001. Since then he’s held a variety of positions, including direct client service and program management. He’s currently vice president of Youth and Family Services, overseeing the operation of shelters, youth centers and community resource centers. 

Link to the feature in The Journal News >>

 
DENNIS WOLCOTT: NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR

Back in 1977,Dennis Walcott, GSS '80, needed a job.  He'd taught kindergarten and then founded a nonprofit to mentor urban youth, but fundraising for the group lagged, and Walcott had bills to pay.  His career needed a serious relaunch.  He learned that the Spence-Chapin adoption agency offered a work-study post for a student at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Services. So Walcott enrolled at Fordham, got the job and earned his master’s degree, beginning his journey through New York City’s nonprofit world to the heights of municipal government.

Today, as New York City schools chancellor, he runs the nation’s largest school district, with 1.1 million students, 1,754 schools and 135,000 employees.

“Fordham gave me the opportunity and Fordham got me going,” Walcott said recently at Department of Education headquarters in the old Tweed Courthouse on Chambers Street, across the street from City Hall.

Link to the Fordham Magazine article >>

 
A NYer OF THE WEEK:  "SOCIAL WORKER HELPS PET OWNERS DEAL WITH LOSS, FINDS HOMES FOR STRAYS"

Kittens that are up for adoption at the Hope Veterinary Clinic will give their owners years of companionship, but at some point, those owners will have to deal with losing them.  That's where Juliet Sternberg (GSS '01) comes in.  She's a social worker who does grief counseling for pet owners.

Link to the NY1 article >>

 
"RAISED BY THE CHURCH: GROWING UP IN NEW YORK CITY'S CATHOLIC ORPHANAGE" is a new book by GSS alumni Edward Rohs, a state mental health worker that was recently honored by Fordham for his social work.

Link to the NY Times article >>
 

 

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