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ConferenceKeynote by nationally-recognized speaker, Symone Sanders, a political strategist and CNN political commentator


The UW-Madison School of Social Work will host its fourth-annual Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference next week. It is geared toward both students in our social work programs and practicing social workers in our community. The day will include more than 15 workshops and presentations by local and national experts.


Symone Sanders will keynote the conference with a presentation called, “Black History, American History.” Sanders rose to prominence as the press secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. She will also lead one of 15 breakout workshops.


Over five hundred people have registered. The combination of campus and community involvement as well as the timely nature of the conference theme are expected to appeal to a wide audience.


The conference challenges social workers to engage in racial and social justice action. This year,...

Professor Marah A. CurtisMany factors influence health and well-being, including access to safe and stable housing. The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee and its partners, including School of Social Work Professor Marah A. Curtis and Professor Geoffrey Swain of the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, recognize this direct link.


Their project, Creating Conditions to Improve Housing for Wisconsin Families, will inform housing policies related to health, quality, stability, or affordability to alleviate Wisconsin’s housing crisis and its effects on public health.


It’s one of four new $1 million, five-year Community Impact Grants recently funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program.


The project began in Milwaukee on January 1st and will expand to other counties in the state within the next five years. Project activities will include building a community-driven advisory council, conducting a health impact assessment, and recruiting and...

Maria CancianCongratulations to Professor Maria Cancian who will be inducted as a Fellow into The American Academy of Political & Social Science (AAPSS) later this year! Dr. Cancian is a Prof. of Public Affairs and Social Work, and an affiliate and former director of the Institute for Research on Poverty. She will become the 2018 John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow, inducted into the Academy at a ceremony in Washington, DC at the AAPPS annual gala dinner in May.


Dr. Cancian is one of just five scholars chosen as a Fellow this year. Dr. Cancian’s work focuses on welfare and social policy; race, ethnicity, gender and labor market; poverty and the distribution of income. Nominated by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Administration of Children and Families (ACF), she served a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and then Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for ACF. Prior to her federal appointment, she served as Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Fiscal Initiatives in the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science, as well as a W. T. Grant Foundation...

Alumnus and Board of Visitors member talks about social work and entrepreneurship

Gary CohenGary Cohen, MSW '80 shared his experience of going from graduate student in social work to starting an employee assistance consulting firm in a new video as part of the College of Letter's & Science Career Initiative, "Badger to Badger."

Mr. Cohen is the Owner, Founder, and Co-President of Employee Resource Systems, as well as the Co-Owner and Founder of ScreenSafe....

Our Part-Time Program offers classes on Saturdays in Madison or Eau Claire, and features practical experience field placements and faculty who are dedicated professional social workers. This is one in a series of Instructor Spotlights.

 Heidi Frank What is your social work background?

I have a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from the University of Oshkosh (go Titans!) and a Master’s of Social Work from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have certificates in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Intensively Trained (DBT).


Describe your current position in the field?

Currently I am a field instructor in the Part-Time MSW program at UW-Madison in the Eau Claire site. I have been in this teaching position for five years. I also work full-time at Mayo Clinic, Eau Claire as a psychotherapist. I have been at this position for 11 years. I have been a social worker since 1999.


What are the challenges you experience in your position?

The biggest challenge I face in the Part-Time Program is managing...



January 25

  1. Radical Social Work Group Meeting

January 26

  1. Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference

February 14

  1. Executive Committee Meeting (includes closed session pursuant to Wis.Stats., Section 19.85(1)(ae))
  2. All School Meeting

Part-Time Program

Child Welfare at the School of Social Work

WisCARES: Veterinary Care and Housing Support

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