SEQuEL 2017 Conference Proposals & Registration #SEQUEL2017

Quantity Across the Curriculum is a faculty-driven program for quantitative reasoning at Bridgewater State University. QuAC's mission is to increase student and faculty engagement and success with numbers in all disciplines of higher education.

Quantity Across the Curriculum is a faculty-driven program for quantitative reasoning at Bridgewater State University. QuAC’s mission is to increase student and faculty engagement and success with numbers in all disciplines of higher education.

Southeastern Massachusetts Quantitative Engagement and Literacy is an annual meeting of higher education faculty and staff around teaching, learning, and student success with quantitative literacy across the curriculum. Faculty and staff from the region are invited to attend, present, and share.

Thursday, January 12, 2017,
8:30am – 2:30pm, at

Bridgewater State University
Burnell Hall 132
100 Burrill Avenue
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Math anxiety and avoidance not only interfere with students’ test-taking success; they can also keep students from engaging with quantitative content elsewhere in their coursework and career. SEQuEL 2017 invites proposals and sharing around how to understand and mitigate our students’ (and our own!) anxieties around numbers, and locating and building instead on quantitative strengths in the college classroom.

To register for SeQUEL 2017, click here.

Call for Proposals

We invite proposals for presentationsworkshops, and round tables.

Proposals will be reviewed by conference organizers, and this call will close October 31, 2016. Presenters will be notified on November 18th.

To submit a proposal, click here.

Source: SEQuEL 2017

Understanding the Process of Interagency Collaboration and Its Long-Term Effectiveness

Folks, here is my presentation from the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference held in New Orleans, January 2015.


Understanding the Process of Interagency Collaboration and Its Long-Term Effectiveness

Abstract: Background and Purpose: Charlestown Connects was an interagency collaboration in the neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. The Charlestown Connects program was an ongoing, formalized partnership between the City of Boston, neighborhood agencies, and other community agencies to improve community outcomes via interagency collaboration. In response to a request from the Office of the Mayor of Boston, the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (BCGSSW) agreed to provide guidance on the evaluation of the program. This Phase I evaluation documented the structure, process, and implementation of Charlestown Connects. Phase I data collection was completed in 2008 and the evaluation itself was completed in 2010.

While limited social work research has explored interagency collaborations, there remains a persistent gap in the literature in terms of assessing interagency collaboration processes, outcomes and long-term effects. Building on the Phase I evaluation, this poster on the Phase II evaluation helps address these research gaps by expanding our understanding of interagency collaboration in terms of inputs, processes, and long-term community outcomes. This study informs social workers and others who contribute to community well-being infrastructure of the benefits, if any, of developing interagency collaborations. In addition, given the current economic climate, this research may provide important and timely interagency collaboration guidelines for social work practitioners.

Methods: Interviews with the original eight Charlestown Connects program stakeholders were conducted and observations of community meetings sponsored by Charlestown Connects were observed. Interviews explored stakeholder relationships to Charlestown Connects, program success and areas to improve, and program impact. Meeting observations tallied interagency collaboration processes in accordance with the study’s theoretical framework. Both interviews and meeting observations were transcribed and coded using HyperRESEARCH qualitative software using theoretical clustering framed by the study’s theoretical framework, thematic analysis, recurring themes from the first evaluation, and long-term factors that have emerged from the current evaluation..

Findings: This study has shown that Charlestown Connects enhanced communication infrastructure for community agencies while positively impacting perceptions of quality of life among Charlestown residents who were aware of Charlestown Connects. In the short-term, Charlestown Connects made noticeable, positive changes in service delivery issues with the City of Boston. In the long-term, it helped rebuild the communication infrastructure among participating agencies in Charlestown.

Conclusion and Implications: This study provides guidance on improving interagency collaborations for social workers and others engaging in community work. Evidence from the previous evaluation and the current study suggest that the program coordinator took on functions and responsibilities of a community social worker in his role coordinating Charlestown Connects, thus reasserting the important role macro social work may play in leading community infrastructure rebuilding efforts in the future.

What’s in It For Me? Lessons Learned from Micro and Macro Systems in Action

I had the great pleasure of presenting at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration with Lynn Curran, a social worker at the Gretchen S. and Edward A. Fish Center for Women’s Health. Our presentation was titled: “What’s in It For Me? Lessons Learned from Micro and Macro Systems in Action.” Here’s the official description:

Many in the public and private health sectors are interested in the efficacy of the “medical home” model. Is this model worthy of the time and the money needed to create needed supporting infrastructure? How does a primary care clinic integrate mental health services effectively? Public service agencies are also looking for ways to streamline and integrate care more efficiently. Are there parallel practices on the micro and macro levels that can serve as “lessons learned?” What are the benefits and outcomes of such collaborations? What does this look like over the long-term?

This presentation discusses the facilitation of interagency collaboration among non-profit and government agencies on the macro level, which parallels interdisciplinary collaboration among primary care physicians and mental health clinicians on the micro level. Such efforts could streamline service delivery, leading to financially successful agencies while also addressing social problems.

You can view our presentation here – enjoy!

SXSW Voting Has Begun! Please Vote for 50 Shades of Social Media: Freeing Sadomasochists

UPDATE 8/22/12: One of the members of our panel has created an awesome video explaining what we are hoping to accomplish with our SXSW presentation. Check it out and don’t forget to vote here:

Original Post:

Is social media helping or hurting us? The standard argument against our current preoccupation with social media preaches that social media is an unhealthy compulsion. Checking Twitter is like eating that first delicious crunchy potato chip – it feels great until we’ve eaten the entire bag. After reading tweets all morning, desperately trolling the internet for that one last morsel of information, we feel bloated by information, tired, and overwhelmed. We beat ourselves up and yet our inner sadomasochist begs for more. In the era of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” light BDSM is very appealing. But there is another narrative: Social media is a healthy compulsion. In our desire to be connected we bring connection and information to people that make our community, profession, and the world a better place. Accessing our inner dominatrix becomes a gift to the world. Join us as we explore and discuss ways that mindfulness techniques can help you accept and enjoy your Fifty Shades of Social Media.

Questions Answered

  1. What indicates a serious problem?
  2. Why am I torturing myself and is that really a bad thing?
  3. Should we seek to limit exposure to technology, or should we seek to develop (new) ways of managing the vast amount of information at our fingertips?
  4. Are current approaches to managing stress appropriate to addressing this problem, or does it require a paradigmatic change?
  5. What strategies will allow me to achieve Net Freedom? What is it about mindfulness that can help set me free


Voting has begun and ENDS August 31. Voting is very competitive and accounts for 30% of a panel being selected.

Please VOTE NOW at this link –

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Poster from Today’s Boston College Multidisciplinary PhD Research Day

Here is the poster I’m presenting at today’s Boston College Multidisciplinary PhD Research Day. It’s essentially a summary of my dissertation (thus far 🙂

Special thanks to Brayden Varr for all his poster design assistance!