News & Events

We are pleased to send out our second CSUSB School of Social Work electronic newsletter. The 2012/2013 academic year was great for the School of Social Work and we hope you will enjoy catching up with some of the school's activities. Please stay in touch with us. Our main phone number is 909-537-5501 and our email is


This was a year of wonderful events at the School of Social Work. In April we had strong Lobby Days participation with the students once again accompanied by Dr. Zoila Gordon.

Our annual MSW Research Poster Day on June 11 attracted top university administrators, including our new university presidents, Dr. Tomas Morales, as well as a wide variety of community agency personnel. Our BASW student advocacy projects always attract attention and this year their work on a community health fair was featured in a local newspaper.

The school also co-sponsored the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 3rd Annual Behavioral Health Summit on March 8, "Innovations and Partnerships in the Community: Ideas and Action." The keynote speaker was Annie Lyles of the Prevention Institute and the event showcased innovative programs and partnerships within the city of San Bernardino including the Cal State Reentry Initiative (an innovative day reporting center), a youth Photovoice project, and the Latino Health Collaborative.

On May 16, the School of Social Work hosted “Embrace the Change: Moving Forward with Hope and Healing” to promote mental wellness, hope for the future, and a strong anti-stigma message.The event included booths from NAMI and other resources, and speeches on personal struggles with mental illness, the recovery model, mental health policy and activism to change how mental illness is viewed. Current and former high ranking officials from San Bernardino County’s Department of Behavioral Health attended and voiced their support for the event. The highlight of the event was the spectacular and colorful “Parade of Flowers.”

All attendees received flowers to carry in a parade together on campus as a visible and beautiful sign of support and solidarity for erasing the stigma of mental illness. The Council on Social Work Education will include a description of the event in a report to SAMHSA on mental health promotion activities.


We know we have wonderful faculty and staff, but it is great when they get well-deserved recognition! Joanne Reiter received this year's Staff of the Year award from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Tom Davis received the college's Outstanding Faculty in Teaching and Instruction Award.

The photos below show them receiving their awards from President Morales and Dean Jamal Nassar at the college's Hall of Fame awards event in May.


We bid a fond farewell to Dr. Andy Anderson, the long time program coordinator of the IV-E program and to George Taylor, faculty in the IV-E program upon their retirement. Susan Culbertson will take the IV-E program coordinator position. Later this summer Joanne Reiter will be retiring. Joanne contributed greatly to supporting students and faculty and we will miss her. Dr. Teresa Morris will stay on part time to lead our online MSW program, but she also is making the transition to retired status. We celebrated all of their contributions to the School of Social Work at a lovely party this spring.

Up and running! The School of Social Work Pathway Distance Education Program, which includes a three-year Distance Education MSW program, has accepted students and conducted new student orientations. We are very excited about increasing access to our high quality MSW program. Contact Dr. Teresa Morris at for more details.

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Best Wishes, Laurie A. Smith, Director, CSUSB School of Social Work