Friday, May 5, 2017
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Alumni and Friends Day

Interweaving Social Justice Interventions on a Micro Level: From the Political to the Personal

Admission is free* but you must preregister. Lunch is included.

*Admission is limited to Adelphi University School of Social Work alumni and field instructors

6 CEs

Registration for this event is filled to capacity.


9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks/Introduction of Keynote
Andrew Safyer, Ph.D., LCSW, Dean of the School of Social Work

9:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Keynote Address
Rising Inequality: The Problem of the 21st Century
Richard Lodge Prize Recipient Larry E. Davis, Ph.D.

10:30 a.m.–10:40 a.m.


10:40 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

Introduction of Raquel Warley, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Field Education, Adelphi University

10:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Using the Political Process to Create Social Change
Shannon Lane, Ph.D., M.S.W., Associate Professor, Adelphi University

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

The Traumatic Impact of Immigration Policy upon Clinical and Fieldwork Practice
Jodi Ziesemer, J.D.

12:15 p.m.–12:40 p.m.


12:40 p.m.–1:10 p.m.

Presentation of Fieldwork Awards

1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Trans Empowerment: An Overview of Best Practices and Social Justice Advocacy for Working with the Transgender Community
Tawni J. Engel, LMHC

2:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Social Policy and Practice: Understanding and Challenging the Position of Women in Society
Elizabeth Palley, J.D., Ph.D., M.S.W., Professor Adelphi University

3:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Wrap Up and Q&A

Application of Policy to Fieldwork Practice
Raquel Warley, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Fieldwork Education, Adelphi University


Larry E. Davis, Ph.D. has spent his life and career dedicated to issues of race, civil rights, and social justice. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University and a Masters in social work and a Masters in psychology from the University of Michigan. He then decided to work in the trenches, joining VISTA and spending three years in one of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods. He returned to academia and became the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from the dual-degree program in social work and psychology at the University of Michigan. He pursued both degrees because he believed that that the methodology of psychology combined with the tools of social work would enable him to bridge the gap between analysis and application. He was the first African-American in any discipline to be awarded tenure at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a Professor of Social Work and Psychology and the holder of the E. Desmond Lee Chair in Ethnic and Racial Diversity.

In 2001, Dr. Davis was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh, where he serves as Dean of the School of Social Work and holds the Donald M. Henderson Chair. At Pitt, he also became the founding Director of the Center for Race and Social Problems which conducts applied social science research on race, ethnicity, and color, the first such center to be created in any American school of Social Work. Dr. Davis has long been recognized as a leading scholar of the narrative about race in America and its role in social justice. His academic life has been dedicated to the creation of solution-based dialogues that promote a more racially equitable society. Some of his publications have appeared in: Social Work Research, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology and Social Work. In addition, he is the founder and Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Race and Social Problems journal, Springer Publications. His latest book Why Are They Angry With Us: Essays on Race is his most personal book—touching on themes of racial identity, internalized racism, and the legacy of slavery. It is published by Oxford University Press.

Keynote Address: Rising Inequality: The Problem of the 21st Century

Our society is experiencing both increasing racial and ethnic diversity and greater income and wealth inequities. These factors are making for a volatile mix. Social workers are the best situated of any group of professionals to assist in addressing these challenges to our society.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase participants understanding of race, gender and class that affect everyday interactions.
  2. Learn about the connections between diversity, inequality, and economic disparities in the United States.
  3. Provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions and share experience about race, gender, and problems they have in their practicum settings.

Tawni J. Engel, LMHC, is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from CW Post/Long Island University, as well as a B.A. in sociology and psychology from Hunter College. She has been working formally with the LGBTQ population at Long Island Crisis Center/Pride for Youth since 2008, providing individual therapy, group facilitation, parent support, and professional trainings, among other areas of expertise. Tawni is the Director of LGBT Services at Pride for Youth.

Presentation: Trans Empowerment: An Overview of Best Practices and Social Justice Advocacy for Working with the Transgender Community
The transgender community faces particular challenges on micro, mezzo, and macro levels. In this training, service providers, social workers, and mental health professionals are introduced to these unique matters, and will obtain a more comprehensive understanding of how and why the interpersonal, social, and political dynamics are interwoven. Learn how to become more responsive and effective when working with this population.

Shannon R. Lane, LMSW, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the Adelphi University School of Social Work. Her research examines efforts to increase the political involvement of social workers and underserved populations and her advocacy focuses on issues such as reproductive rights, health care access and gender-based violence. Lane’s political experience includes eight years with Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. She is affiliated with the Research Committee of the Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut, the Council on the Status and Role of Women in Social Work Education, and the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work. She is the co-author of Political Social Work: Using Power to Create Social Change (forthcoming in 2017).

Presentation: Using the Political Process to Create Social Change
Social workers have a rich history of using their power and professional training to shape policy and advance social justice. Political engagement and social action are central to our mandate and explicit in the profession’s Code of Ethics. This current political climate offers the profession and opportunity to return to this focus. This session will describe ways in which social work students and field instructors can increase their voice in the political process, including engaging voters, advocacy and more. 

Learning objective: Social workers will learn methods of increasing their own political knowledge and power, as well as those of their students, clients, and community. 

Elizabeth Palley, JD, Ph.D., M.S.W., is Professor at the Adelphi University School of Social Work. Trained as both a social worker and a lawyer as well as a policy analyst, she has written extensively in both peer reviewed journal articles and popular media outlets on the implementation of policies for children with disabilities as well as child care policy in the United States. Some of her recent work focuses on the impact of laws designed to protect women from pregnancy discrimination. In 2014, with co-author, Corey Shdaimah, she published, In Our Hands: The Struggle for US Child Care (NYU, 2014; 2017). 

Presentation: Social Policy and Practice: Understanding and Challenging the Position of Women in Society
Despite gains in equality since the 1950s, women still earn less than men. Social work, a heavily female-dominated profession, is one of the lowest paid professions in the United States and most people in poverty, many of our clients, are single women with children. On the precipice of electing the first woman president, instead, the United States elected a president who publicly disparaged women. A man has just been placed on the Supreme Court who suggested to a law school class that women should not take jobs if they know in advance that they are planning to have families. Gender based discrimination is alive and well. Much of the discrimination against people of color and immigrants is compounded by gender. This session will review the challenges that women still face in the workforce, particularly as it relates to social work and will suggest strategies for feminists in the 21st century.

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify areas of gender discrimination in US society considering its intersectional nature.
  2. Participants will learn strategies for challenging discrimination against women.

Raquel Warley is Director of Field Work Education Adelphi University School of Social Work

Jodi Ziesemer is a Supervising Attorney at Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York for the Immigrant Children Advocacy and Relief Effort (ICARE) and the Immigration Court Help Desk. Jodi coordinates representation of recently arrived unaccompanied immigrant children and oversees the Immigration Court Help Desk, a pilot project designed to give information, legal orientations, and self-help workshops to immigrants facing removal proceedings. In addition, she has worked for the past eight years representing a wide variety of immigrants in front of Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court) and USCIS. Prior to graduating summa cum laude from New York Law School, Jodi worked as a Board of Immigration Appeals representative for the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago and as a paralegal at Fitzgerald and Company, LLC in Boston. During her thirteen years in immigration law, Jodi has worked on a range of projects including human trafficking, naturalization drives, pro bono asylum, representation for unaccompanied minors and victims of violent crime. Jodi holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Grinnell College and a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a J.D. from New York Law School.

Presentation: The Traumatic Impact of Immigration Policy upon Clinical and Fieldwork Practice
Immigrant communities throughout the United States are facing un-precedent stress and trauma in today’s political climate and in light of recent Executive Orders and regulations aimed at strictly enforcing our country’s immigration laws. New priorities for arrests and deportation by immigration authorities have engendered heightened levels of fear and are discouraging immigrant and mixed-status families from engaging in everyday activities such as taking their children to school, attending parent-teacher conferences, and enrolling children in medical insurance and public benefits. This talk will provide an orientation regarding immigration status, the content and effects of the new policies, and how schools and communities programs can effectively engage immigrant children and immigrant families. The presentation will include a discussion of programs and partnerships Catholic Charities offers to assist and protect immigrant communities.

Learning Objective: Be able to recognize the myriad of concerns and stresses immigrant children and immigrant families face in the modern political climate.

Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.

If you also require a Certificate for CASAC recredentialing please advise

There is no accommodation in the State Regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.


For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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