Jacqueline B. Mondros, D.S.W.


Jacqueline B. Mondros, D.S.W.

Speaker Year: 2016

Commencement Speech

Dr. Jacqueline B. Mondros, D.S.W., currently serves as Dean ofthe School of Social Welfare and Assistant Vice President of SocialDeterminants of Health at Stony Brook University. Her currentfocus is to establish the School and University as a nationallyrecognized center on social determinants of health. She also servesas President of the National Deans and Directors of Social Work.

For the previous nine years she served as Professor and Dean atthe Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College CUNYwhere she led the School to become ranked as one of the toptwenty Schools of Social Work in the country. She attractedscholars to the School, adding depth in mental health, aging, andchild welfare, and transitioned the School from a largely teachingfaculty to one with both a robust research agenda and a strongeducational focus.

Dr. Mondros received her masters and doctorate from theUniversity of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are in the studyof urban neighborhoods and she has written extensively oncommunity social services, community development, andcommunity organization. Her co-authored text, Organizing forPower and Empowerment, is widely used in schools of social work.In recent years she has focused her scholarship in two areas: socialwork education and leadership, and the application of social capitaland social network theory to social work practice.

Before entering academia, Dr. Mondros had a successful careerin social work practice. She was director of clinical services at aschool for girls and executive director of a settlement house inPhiladelphia. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Mondros hasremained a committed community activist, working to bring theresources of academia to effect change in urban neighborhoodsthroughout the country.