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May is Mental Health Month to raise awareness of mental health, fight stigma, provide support, and educate the public. With one in five adults living with a mental health condition, there is a great need. First-year MSW student, Emily Erwin-Frank has found a way to advocate, educate, and entertain locally.

She has organized an event called Upstage Stigma a compilation of song, dance, theater, poetry, and spoken word by local artists and performers to, “give voice to the experience...

LogoThe National Association of Social Workers (NASW) reports the median annual salary for social workers is $43,700. A median salary of $55,000 is reported for social workers employed in health clinics and $60,000 for social workers in hospital settings.


The field of social work is growing at a high rate, with projected growth in social work jobs from 2014 to 2024 reaching 12%; faster than the average for all occupations (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). In healthcare, the demand for social workers is projected to surpass 19%. With all areas of the field growing, there has never been a better time to pursue your degree in social work.


Applications for the Part-Time MSW Program, with Saturday classes in Madison or Eau Claire, are currently open! Focus areas of the Part-Time MSW Program include: Aging; Child, Youth, and Family; Health; and Mental Health. Check out more information about the program as well steps on how to apply



Children at home in the Catalyst ProjectAfter Anna Donahoe, MSW ’15, graduated and started job hunting, she found it difficult to find employment that met her goals and philosophy. Like her mother, Susan Donahoe, a retired teacher and early childhood project director, she hoped to find a way to help low income families overcome the barriers they often encountered. Together, Anna and Susan (with help from friends), purchased and rehabbed a small building in Madison that now houses four low-income single mothers and their children. They describe the Catalyst Project as “a community of parent partnership and therapeutic interventions founded on the belief that the wisdom of those not well served by society is essential to creating a society that serves all of its people.” As the project’s social worker, Anna collaborates with each family and the group as a whole to develop and implement strategies that encourages each mother to use the power she holds to her child(ren)’s best advantage. You can find more information about the program at catalystmadison.org.


Every Monday night, teenage Latina girls meet at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center in Milwaukee, WI. They participate in the SEED Program (Self-esteem. Empathy. Empowerment. Discovery of Self) Program, a support group led by alum Melissa Waldo.


The group allows Latina teens to learn new skills and support each other as they confront life events that cause stress and challenges. As Melissa explains:


“Typically, (the girls) are referred by a colleague in behavioral health or by a medical provider, They may have had some change in their life that adversely affected them — a parent left, or they changed schools, and they can’t sleep or are moody....

Percy Brown, Jr.

In today’s social and political climate, confronting issues around building a more racially equitable society are as important as ever. On Monday, January 30th the School of Social Work hosted the 3rd annual “Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference,” one of many events the School hosts to engage with the community and students on racial injustice.


Around 400 students, faculty, staff, and community members attended over a dozen workshops and innovation panels focusing on this year’s theme: “Engaging in racial and social justice action; the intersectionality of Race, Mental Health, and Poverty.” Attendees also listened to keynote addresses from Armando Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Integrated Health for the Madison Metropolitan School District, and Percy Brown, Jr., Director of Equity and Student Achievement for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Both presentations will soon be publicly available on the School of Social Work YouTube page.


“The conference aimed to present a large variety of ways to work on racial and social justice from...

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