The 1992 Blue Slip skit marks a tradition at Smith College School for Social Work. Students who turned in a completed thesis were give a ‘blue slip’ as a receipt for turning in their work. The blue slip was the invention of Joyce Leamy – who was the person to whom slips were turned in for many years. (Joyce Leamy writes her signature on the big blue slip at the start of the skit.) The enthusiasm of finishing the thesis was evident annually at Smith!
Dr. Jerry Sachs, a member of the resident faculty, and Fred Newdom published a book in 1999 on Activism and Clinical Work. This Smith College School for Social Work 1999 skit addresses the false dichotomy between practice and policy in a humorous way.
Dean Anita Lightburn shares with the Journal her thoughts about the social work profession and her goals for the future of the Smith College School for Social Work.
In this video, alumnae remember the complicated learning relationships they had with SSW faculty, including being challenged and inspired. The diverse years the alumnae graduated in also shows changes in the way faculty and students related to each other.