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Two Fordham GSS Community Members Appointed to NASW Boards

Two Fordham GSS Community Members Appointed to NASW Boards

The Graduate School of Social Service is proud to honor two of our GSS Community members for their appointment as board members for the NASW. Fordham Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) student Supriya Chabria, GSS ’25, was named a student Member-at-Large on the NASW-NYC Chapter board. Supriya, who previously held a career in market research, […]

Social Work Alumna Expanding Access to Mental Health Care Across Latin America

Social Work Alumna Expanding Access to Mental Health Care Across Latin America

Joy Bittner, GSS ‘08, wants to make evidence-based mental health care more accessible to the people of Ecuador, where she’s lived for 13 years. She’s using the power of strong community ties to overcome the barriers currently in place. Bittner moved to Latin America after graduating with her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from Fordham’s […]

After 31 Years at Fordham GSS, Dr. Mary Ann Forgey Announces Retirement

After 31 Years at Fordham GSS, Dr. Mary Ann Forgey Announces Retirement

As a young social worker for the United States Department of Defense (DoD), Fordham GSS Professor Mary Ann Forgey, Ph.D., felt a little overwhelmed.  Forgey had desired to travel and work abroad for some time. She knew the military had branches worldwide that employed civilian social workers.  “I also wanted to do something that would […]

Dr. David Koch, Clinical Professor at GSS, Announces Retirement After 44 Years at Fordham

Dr. David Koch, Clinical Professor at GSS, Announces Retirement After 44 Years at Fordham

Fordham GSS Clinical Professor David Koch, Ph.D., first stepped on a Fordham campus in 1980. He was a new professor, teaching “Human Sexuality,” a class he designed, at the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. Koch said it was “unusual” at the time to have an openly gay man teaching at a Catholic university, but […]

First-Generation M.S.W. Graduate Champions NYC Asylum Seekers

First-Generation M.S.W. Graduate Champions NYC Asylum Seekers

For years, Erica Vargas, LMSW, GSS ’23, was a teller at Chase Bank. Her branch was a short walk away from Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.  “I would actually go to Lincoln Center [Performing Arts Center] on my lunch break,” she said. “And I would see Fordham and say, ‘That’s such a beautiful campus.’” Vargas’s mother […]

Fordham GSS Alumni Block Party Highlights Social Work’s Impact

Fordham GSS Alumni Block Party Highlights Social Work’s Impact

There’s no better way to kick off the summer than to connect with friends and colleagues. On Friday, June 7, members of the GSS community did exactly that, gathering in the Bateman room at Fordham’s Law School for a GSS Reunion at the 2024 Fordham Alumni Block Party! Block Party festivities began at 4 p.m. […]

Two Fordham GSS Students Selected to NYSSWEA Board

Two Fordham GSS Students Selected to NYSSWEA Board

The Graduate School of Social Service is proud to announce that two of our Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) students have been selected to serve as student board members for the New York State Social Work Education Association (NYSSWEA). The two students selected are Taylor Fields and Bryan Jimenez. We had the chance to ask […]

From Journalism to Social Work, A Search for Connection

From Journalism to Social Work, A Search for Connection

As a journalist, Madelynn Schulte, GSS ’21, didn’t find the connection she wanted. She’d planned it all out in undergrad. Schulte wanted a profession where no two days were the same, and your job was to engage with others. And what’s at the heart of a good story? Relationships. How else could you facilitate a […]

Study Unveils Stigmas Facing Khwaja Sira (Third-Gender) Community in Swat, Pakistan

Study Unveils Stigmas Facing Khwaja Sira (Third-Gender) Community in Swat, Pakistan

The khwaja sira community in Pakistan, identified as third-gender people, has long faced severe social marginalization. A new study co-authored by Fordham GSS Assistant Professor Sameena Azhar, Ph.D., Maria Mercedes Guzman Herrera, GSS ’23, and Riya Lerner, GSS ’24, examines this community’s lived experiences in the Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the stigma and discrimination […]

Social Workers: If You’re Confused by AI, You’re Not Alone

Social Workers: If You’re Confused by AI, You’re Not Alone

Feeling left behind in this dizzying age of artificial intelligence (AI)? You’re not the only one, says Fordham GSS Professor Lauri Goldkind, Ph.D. Goldkind and colleagues Clara Berridge, Ph.D., and John Bricout, Ph.D., recently wrote a piece for the National Association of Social Workers’ spring 2024 edition of its digital magazine Social Work Advocates, noting […]