Spotlight on giving
Farber Endowed Fund has advanced School mission for more than a decade
"Every action we take in this world is
an opportunity to give to others,” says Daniel Farber, who together
with his two sisters created the Farber Memorial Endowed Fund in 2005.
The fund provides annual stipends to students who show innovation in
improving the health and welfare of individuals or communities.
Farber, Daniel’s father, was a professor at the School of Social Work
for 17 years and a pioneer for social justice and individual
empowerment. Considered by many to be ahead of his time, he was an
advocate for immigrants and refugees, a leader in the field of death and
dying, and a supporter of wellness as a holistic means of addressing
health issues. After his death in 1980, his wife, Ruth, a social worker
and School practicum instructor for more than 30 years, established the
Arthur S. Farber Memorial Fund in his honor. Some 25 years later, the
family expanded the fund to support more students and renamed it in
honor of both parents.
Daniel (shown, left, with his wife, Jean, and son, Adam) spent
considerable time talking to his father’s friends and colleagues to
determine what made his father unique. “I concluded that what was so
distinctive about my dad was how he integrated his understanding of
personal growth and behavior into his academic pursuits, pedagogical
style and personal life,” he said.
by this awareness, the Farbers decided to require that applicants
describe how they integrate theory, practice and their personal lives.
Farber is pleased with the results. “The applications are phenomenal to
read and incredibly inspiring,” he said.
The Farber gift, sparked by the
affection and respect engendered by Arthur and Ruth Farber, is one
example of how giving can change lives. “The generous support of
families like the Farbers helps us educate the next generation of
innovators and leaders, allowing us to provide transformative
learning opportunities,” said Eddie Uehara, Ballmer Endowed Dean in
Social Work. “I am very grateful to the Farber family for their
long-term friendship and support for our students.” Farber appreciates
his family’s ongoing connection to the School of
Social Work. “The School was such a vital part of my parents’ life for
so many years,” he said, “and it holds deep meaning for me, as well.”
If you would like to know more about creating an endowment to reflect your passion for social change, contact Greg Ross for details.
School and alumni updates
Alumna Lynn Behar edits handbook on oncology social work
The inaugural Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer provides a wealth of information for oncology
social workers. Edited by Lynn Behar (PhD ’99), Grace Christ and
Carolyn Messner, the 872-page book focuses on new standards for patients
and family-centered care and how to integrate psychosocial care with
medical treatment—areas long championed by oncology social workers. Just
published by Oxford University Press, the book contains psychosocial
interventions that can be used with pediatric patients, children and
adolescents confronting parental cancer, and adult cancer patients and
their families. Additional topics include distress screening,
survivorship, care coordination, legal and ethical issues, professional
career development, leadership and innovation.
School alumna appointed to Whatcom County Superior Court
In December, Raquel Montoya-Lewis (MSW ’96, JD ’95) was appointed to the Whatcom County Superior Court bench by Gov. Jay Inslee.
She currently serves as the chief judge for the Nooksack and Upper
Skagit Indian Tribes in Washington and is an associate professor at
Fairhaven College at Western Washington University as well as an
appointee to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. “My
graduate education has served me incredibly well in the last 15 years,”
said Montoya-Lewis. “My MSW degree has been fundamental to my
development as a professional.” Montoya-Lewis, who is from the Pueblo of
Isleta and the Pueblo of Laguna Indian Tribes, is the only Native
American in the state court judiciary.
Book on migrant workers selected for Health Sciences Common Book series
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (University of California Press, 2013) is the Health Sciences Common Book for 2014–15.
The series provides a framework for students, faculty and staff across
the health sciences to discuss topics related to health equity and
The author, Seth Holmes, a medical anthropologist and physician,
lived and traveled with undocumented migrant farmworkers and their
families. His book documents the challenges farmworkers face in
care, housing and jobs. Several events, including a round table on
immigration, border control and mental health, are planned. The migrant
experience is also the topic of a new art exhibit—Migration Now!—on view in the School’s first floor gallery through March 27.
New open-source program helps parents of children in foster care
Partners for Our Children,
a School of Social Work–affiliated innovation center, has developed a
new online program, called STRIVE, aimed at parents who hope to regain
custody of their children. The program’s first 15 sessions can be
downloaded to help parents who may have been in prison or addiction
treatment facilities understand what to expect during visits with their
children, meetings that can be emotional for both sides. Developed in
collaboration with Children’s Administration, the program is believed to
be the first open-source initiative designed specifically for parents
in the welfare system. It is being tested in Tacoma and eventually will
be available for a wider audience at no cost. Read how one mother used
this resource to reunite with her daughter in this UW Today story.
Awards and accolades
School alumna honored with MLK community volunteer award
Timbang (MSW ’10) recently received the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Community Volunteer Recognition Award for the School of Social Work.
Timbang, a lecturer at the School who is known for her skill in building
effective working relationships with community activists and
legislators, has been instrumental in community campaigns focusing on
human rights and immigrant issues. In 2012 and again in 2014, she
traveled to Cuba as a delegate with the U.S. Women and Cuba
Collaboration. There, she lent her passion and expertise to help
strengthen citizen-to-citizen diplomatic relationships in an effort to
further social and economic justice.
SDRG founding director receives award from American Society of Criminology
David Hawkins, professor and founding director of the School’s Social Development Research Group,
was awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the November meeting
of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco. Hawkins was
cited for his “sustained and outstanding contributions to scholarship
knowledge on development and life-course criminology.” In order to be
eligible, recipients must have at least 20 years’ experience
contributing to scholarship research.
Call for nominations to honor distinguished alumni
The School of Social Work is seeking nominations for two annual alumni awards. The Moya M. Duplica Distinguished Alumni Award
recognizes graduates for their outstanding contributions to the
field, particularly those serving in diverse communities. The award is
named in honor of emeritus faculty member Duplica, who served on the
committee until her death in 2014. (Read more about Duplica's
distinguished career in social work education, leadership and service here.)
Early Career Achievement Award recognizes graduates who, within 12
years of receiving their last School of Social Work degree, are making a
significant impact in social work practice, innovation or leadership.
Awards for both programs will be announced at the June 11 graduation
ceremony. For details on making your nomination, which must be submitted
by April 3, visit the awards nominations Web page or contact Greg Ross in the Office
Alumna Lynn Grotsky wins a YWCA woman of achievement award
Lynn Grotsky (MSW ’82), co-founder and board president of Pizza Klatch,
a program that provides weekly lunchtime support groups for lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in local high schools, was
named a 2014 Woman of Achievement by the YWCA of Olympia. In seven
years, Pizza Klatch has grown from serving six youth to serving 700,
aided by more than 40 volunteers. Grotsky is also a founder of Thurston
County’s Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center serving abused
children and their families.
New grants focus on youth development, suicide prevention and living standards
The School-supported Social Development Research Group
received two grants totaling about $115,000 for Communities That Care, a
community-based youth-intervention program. In Minnesota, the grant
focuses on start-up training, and in Utah, the grant is targeted toward
continued training and support.
The National Institutes of Health awarded Forefront,
a School of Social Work–affliated suicide-prevention group, nearly
$30,000 to develop Web-based interventions for suicide prevention.
Social work lecturer and researcher Diana Pearce
received $40,000 from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy to update
Colorado’s self-sufficiency standard, which measures family income
needed to meet basic living requirements. In addition, research
associate professor Nancy Grote
was awarded more than $20,000 by Boston Medical Center to identify how
to better reach depressed mothers in Head Start settings.
In the news
School alumnus shows Seattle's homeless a little warmth
In November, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large profiled School alumnus Eddie Wang (BASW ’13), who created an outreach effort called Sleepless in Seattle—Seattle Gives Back to
help people living on the streets. Wang read that King County had more
than 3,100 homeless men, women and children. Alarmed by this statistic,
Wang approached several businesses for material goods, such as warm
hats, and also started a fundraising campaign through the crowdsourcing
In several weeks, Wang raised more than his $50,000 goal, enabling
him to buy 2,500 sleeping bags, which he distributed in December. Wang's
efforts were also profiled by KING and KOMO.
Engaging teens in a conversation about suicide
A recent survey in Washington state reported that 1 in 10 students
attempted suicide in the past year and that 1 in 5 had seriously
considered it. For this reason, says Sue Eastgard (MSW ’88), co-founder
and director of training at Forefront,
a School-supported suicide prevention group, it is important for
parents to learn suicide’s warning signs and to understand how to talk
with their children about mental health issues. Although teens are
notorious for their shifting moods, Eastgard stressed that it is always a
good idea to investigate a worrisome change in teenage behavior. Read
the full article, which appeared in December in ParentMap.
Mark your calendar for the sixth annual scholarship breakfast on March 11
Join alumni, donors and faculty at the sixth annual School of Social Work Scholarship Breakfast, to be held Wed., March
11, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Husky Union Building (HUB) North
Ballroom. This year’s speaker is Tony Mestres, president and CEO of The
Seattle Foundation. Mestres developed a global perspective on innovation
while working as a Microsoft executive, and he applies those principles
today to spark high-impact giving throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Mestres’ presentation, How Giving Ignites Change, is particularly timely as the School celebrates its 80th anniversary. Please RSVP by March 4 or send an email to Greg Ross.
Migration Now! exhibit on display through March 27
of prints addressing social justice and immigration issues such as
deportation, human rights and detention is on display through March 27
in the School’s first floor gallery. The exhibit’s handmade prints
follow in the time-honored tradition of political printmaking and street
More than half of the participating artists are members of Justseeds,
a worker-owned cooperative of 25 artists nationwide who use their art
to comment on social and environmental issues. Other works were created
by cartoonists, labor organizers, street-art provocateurs and culture
workers from coast to coast.
Former School lecturer Lloyd Averill passes away at age 91
Lloyd J. Averill, a senior lecturer at the School from 1984 to 1993
with an emeritus appointment afterwards, died Dec. 17, 2014.
professional career spanning more than 45 years, Averill taught
undergraduate and graduate students and served as an academic
administrator, consultant, program developer, fundraiser, author and
preacher. He was vice-president of three colleges—Kalamazoo, Davis and
Elkins, and Barat—and served as president of the Council of Protestant
Colleges and Universities and the Kansas City Regional Council for
Averill wrote extensively on subjects related
to theology, higher education, sociology and Northwest Coast Native art
history, and was the author of 14 books. In addition to earning several
master’s degrees, including one in sociology from the University of
Rochester, he received seven honorary doctorate degrees from colleges
across the country. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, and three
children, his brother Jack, eight grandchildren and two
Moya Duplica, School faculty member for 40 years, dies
Moya Martin Duplica, who inspired four decades of undergraduate
students with her bravura teaching style, passed away Oct. 21, 2014.
was born in Kamloops, B.C., Canada, and grew up in Victoria. She
received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor in Social Welfare from
the University of British Columbia and completed a Master of Social
Work degree at St. Louis University in Missouri. In 1963, she was hired
by the School of Social Work, where she taught courses on social welfare
policy, history and issues affecting the lives of women. She retired in
Away from the classroom, Duplica enjoyed hiking and the outdoors.
With her late husband of 52 years, John, she made multiple ascents of
Mount Rainier. Gifts in her memory can be made to the UW School of
Social Work by contacting Greg Ross or to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Seattle.
School of Social Work Dean Eddie Uehara has memorialized Duplica's contributions to
teaching, mentoring and community engagement by naming the School's annual distinguished alumni
award in her honor.
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