CSSW SWAM Caucus

Social Work Administration & Management Caucus Newsletter

It's February!

Hello SWAM Caucus! Welcome to February. Hard to believe we are already one month into the semester. We know everyone is busy thinking about plans for the summer and the job hunt, so read on to find exciting networking opportunities and resources to help you with your next steps.

Upcoming Events

SWAM Caucus Networking Event - SEA Panel and Mixer

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

CSSW Room C03

Join us as we host a panel of recent CSSW SEA Alumni from across industries including non-profit, corporate social responsibility and human resources. We will answer all your burning questions about the SEA track and SEA opportunities beyond graduation. Light food and wine will be available for our mixer afterwards

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Beyond the Bars 2016: Connecting the Struggles

Friday, March 4th, 5pm to Sunday, March 6th, 6pm

Columbia University

The 6th annual Beyond the Bars Conference will take place March 4-6, 2016 at Columbia University. This year’s conference, Connecting the Struggles, aims to connect the many ways in which mass incarceration has impacted individuals, families and communities across the U.S, and beyond, as well as build connections across diverse struggles for social justice.


Conference Schedule

Friday March 4th: Conference Kick Off Event with Angela Davis

Saturday March 5th: Panels and Breakout Sessions

Sunday March 6th: Building the Grassroots – Organizing Workshops


Registration will begin in February 2016: As always, the conference is free and open to the public

Helpful Sites for the Job and Internship Search

Here are some sites and opportunities to check out as your start your job search, whether for the summer or beyond!

Education Pioneers

Education Pioneers recruits, develops, and connects talented professionals from diverse backgrounds—including graduate students—to work for K-12 school districts, charter schools, and other education organizations. As a Fellow, you’ll work on issues related to student data analysis, external relations, operations, human resources, strategy, and more. Solve problems from outside of the classroom so students and teachers can succeed inside of the classroom. Hear about how the EP Fellowship’s summer track is #MoreThanAnInternship, attend an upcoming webinar, or read more about the Fellowship. If you have any questions regarding the fellowship, please feel free to email SWAM Caucus Leader and SEA student, Jacquelyn Martell who was a part of the 2015 EP Summer Fellowship’s Memphis Cohort or Pablo Venturino (SEA) who was a part of the 2015 New York City Cohort. We look forward to hearing from you.


On Ramps


On Ramps is an executive search firm, but they probably seem a little different than other firms you’ve encountered. Not only are they passionate about talent, but they also care deeply about social change. Their focus on mission-driven organizations and their team members’ breadth of experience in the field give them valuable insight into clients’ needs and an extensive network of candidates uniquely suited to meet them. We also have a rigorous candidate selection process, a passion for putting the right people in the right positions, and a track record of successful placements that reflects our hard work and high standards.


Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Fellowship


The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise supports the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, a unique and exciting opportunity for students to apply learning from the classroom with an organization making social change in the world. This fellowship was expanded in 2015 to provide financial support to Columbia and Barnard undergraduate and graduate students engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value.


CSSW Office of Career and Leadership Development


From the Director, Nadine Verna,


It is with great enthusiasm that I join the Columbia School of Social Work as its Director of Career and Leadership Development. This semester, I look forward to learning about your diverse backgrounds and interests as well as working with you to achieve your professional goals. If you have any pressing career needs, I encourage you to schedule a meeting with me or my colleague, Sonia Bhansali. Keep in mind that you must first sign up for an account on WCONLINE to gain access to our schedules. In addition to individual advising appointments, the Office of Career and Leadership Development is planning a series of workshops and events this spring, so keep an eye out for the next career newsletter and Stall Street Journal for more details.

Meet the SWAM Executive Board

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Greetings! I am Jacquelyn Martell, and I serve as the Executive Leader of the Social Work Administration & Management caucus. I am a 2nd year Management Fellow, concentrating in Social Enterprise Administration, with a focus in World of Work. I chose SEA because I am passionate about structuring and managing multi-sector partnerships with government, NGO’s and multilateral groups in an effort to align community strengthening social goals, with common sense business practices, to create social programs with real sustainable impact. I am in the business of making the world a better place!


Hello! My name is Yaya Yuan, I am the First Year Representative for the SWAM Caucus, concentrating in Social Enterprise Administration with a focus still to be determined. I chose SEA because I hope to someday run my own community center that is co-created and co-run with the community itself. I was attracted to the mixture of social justice and pragmatism within the SEA method. I look forward to a career that combines knowing what it takes to run a successful organization with the rewards of truly making a difference in today’s world.


Hello everyone! My name is Abby Marder and I am the Treasurer for the Social Work Administration and Management Caucus. I am an Advanced Standing Student concentrating in Social Enterprise Administration with a focus in Contemporary Social Issues. I chose SEA because I hope to focus on larger social systems in order to foster change. I look forward to a career in global philanthropy in either the non-profit or private sector to help transform the lives of individuals of at-risk communities.


Hello! My name is Samantha Green and I am the Event Planner for the Social Work Administration and Management Caucus. I am a first-year student concentrating in Social Enterprise Administration; however, I have yet to determine my field of practice. I chose SEA to acquire a skill set geared towards impactful management, also informed by the social work perspective, as I look forward to a career in nonprofit leadership. I am passionate about and experienced in working with issues of housing and domestic violence.


Hello! My name is April Dryden, and I am an Advanced Standing student concentrating in Social Enterprise Administration with a focus in Contemporary Social Issues. I earned my BSW in 2014 and took a year off to work as a case manager before returning to school to earn my MSW. I chose SEA because I am passionate about continuously improving organization and program performance through Quality Improvement and Program Evaluation. I like learning what works, what doesn’t and why. Also, working in Quality Improvement and Program Evaluation gives me great satisfaction because I play an essential role in ensuring that clients receive quality services, and ultimately, that’s what it is all about!