News & Events for June 2003

June 04, 2003
Farewell, Susan

MSW Secretary, Susan Hilowitz, will be leaving the School of Social Work, this week. We wish Susan all the best in her future endeavors and express our sincere thanks for all the energy, organizing, creativity, friendliness, and support that she brought to work each day.

June 10, 2003
Upcoming Conference

Congratulations to Allan Barsky and Velmarie Albertini for the acceptance of their paper to the Caribbean Social Work Conference in Barbados this summer:

“Access to Health Care for the Haitian Americans with HIV or AIDS: Empowering Haitian Social Work Students to do Research within their Ethnocultural Community.”

June 12, 2003
Congratulations!

Congratulations to MSW Instructor Ginger Bush for her international presentation on "The Role of the Peace Corps in Mitigating the Effects of HIV/AIDS on Orphans and Widows" at a Graduate Symposium at the University of Ghana. Ginger also took donations from FAU School of Social Work to Ghana... thanks for your continued work supporting the Peace Corps, Ginger.

June 16, 2003
MSW Makeup Orientation

Important Announcement:
Makeup dates have been scheduled for MSW Field Placement Information Sessions for NEW MSW Students, FALL 2003 Placements. They are as follows:
MSW Foundation: Mon, 7-14-03, 2 -4 p.m.
MSW Concentration: Wed, 7-16-03 2 -4 p.m.
Both sessions will occur in Room SO285 Social Science Bldg, Boca Raton Campus. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Cheryl Moody, cmoody@fau.edu

June 26, 2003
Civil Rights Victory

On June 26, 2003, the US Supreme Court delivered a landmark decision to strike down the Texas sodomy law as unconstitutional (Lawrence v. Texas). In a 6-3 decision, US Supreme Court Justices ruled that all couples, including gays and lesbians, have a fundamental right to privacy, and in doing so the court eliminated the underlying rational which has been used to justify anti-gay laws throughout the country.

"The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority. Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer agreed with Kennedy in full. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor agreed with the outcome of the case but not all of Kennedy's rationale.

"This ruling is a victory to everyone who values privacy and liberty, and who believes the government has no business invading the intimate lives of consenting adults," said Nadine Smith, Executive Director for Equality Florida. This important court decision fits with the NASW policy of respect for the dignity of all people and promotion of social justice.


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