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My name is Sarah and I am second-year Community Practice for Social Change graduate-level student at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  My primary focus is in community building, conversation facilitation, and storytelling, all with a lens on examining structural change.  When I graduate in May 2021, my goal is to use these skills to -- as the blog title suggests -- smash the patriarchy by re-thinking our engrained systems and updating them to better serve and support the community at-large.  

Prior to entering this MSSA program at MSASS, I had a twenty-four year career in small business management and community building.  Academically, I've earned both a BA in English with minors in Writing and History from Kent State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.  For more information, view my LinkedIn profile here

This is my blog for all of my social work-related musings.  I will be sharing both academic writing as well as more casual writing on a host of topics.  I encourage your engagement with my work -- do you agree, disagree?  Do you have additional research to school me with?  Do you have a podcast or TED Talk or organization I should check out?  Leave me a comment.  I'm just as ready to learn from you as I am ready to share what I've got.

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