Maida Solomon
Maida Solomon

Affiliated Faculty
Poet Adrienne Rich says, "Until we can understand the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves." These words seem apt as an overall goal defining my life efforts--as a teacher, a therapist, a feminist, or simply as a human being. How do we even begin to bring our heads, let alone hearts, above the water level line submerging and drenching us daily?
Questions: we must ask questions.

Maida has a dual career background, encompassing education and human services. Within education, she has taught students at all age levels, ranging from elementary to non-traditional college students. She taught in different cultural settings, ranging from rural New England to urban San Francisco. Within human services, she has functioned in a variety of roles, ranging from social worker and supervisor in the core of social service bureaucracies, to community organizer, to mediator and psychotherapist. (During the last two decades she has also worked as photographer, researcher, oral history interviewer, and freelance editor.)

Whether teaching women's history, examining Jewish-feminism, providing crisis therapy, acting as a mediator, or simply surviving in our world today, one constant has remained with her: to strengthen the link between knowledge and self-empowerment.

Questioning demands an exploration of assumptions. A power comes from naming and articulation. The process of writing forces articulation and naming. Writing is the foundation of the UI&U Bachelor of Arts program. Any learner working with Maida should expect: substantial and supportive criticism of her or his writing, a priority placed on questioning, and a mutually respectful dialogue.

M.A., Women's Studies, San Francisco State University, 1987 M.S.W.,
Columbia University School of Social Work, 1971