Fred Newdom, MSW, coordinates the Community Practice Project as well as the foundation Social Policy and Agency and Community Practice course at the Smith College School for Social Work. He also serves as a research adviser, working with students whose thesis topics relate to anti-racism, social policy and social justice. He teaches the foundation social policy course as well as electives on grant writing and lobbying and clinical work and social action. With his late Smith colleague, Jerry Sachs, he is author of Clinical Work and Social Action: An Integrative Approach (Haworth Press).
His work outside of Smith is based in Albany, New York, where for over 20 years he has maintained a consulting practice focused on work with advocacy groups. His roles include lobbyist, trainer, organizer, writer and researcher.
He has been an IL-NET trainer, supporting ILRU's national technical assistance and training program for centers and statewide independent living councils. Fred has conducted training for centers for independent living on policy change and advocacy.
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