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Celena Roldan / Photo by Eileen T. Meslar, Chicago TribuneCelena Roldan, B.A. '98, MSSW '00, has vivid childhood memories of her dad, head of the Hispanic Housing Development Corp., dragging her to ribbon-cuttings at affordable housing projects, and of her mom, now a psychotherapist, working with students at a Chicago public school as she pursued her degree in social work. Their example made her want to serve communities as well.


Now, Roldan, 40, an Oak Park native of Puerto Rican descent, has a new challenge. In March, she was named CEO of the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois.


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Improving Health Outcomes for Older Adults

Challenges and Opportunities for Social Workers

Thursday, October 27, 2016 • 5:00 PM • Fluno Center (map it)

Free and open to the public | No registration required | View poster

.1 CEU/1 CEH Offered


Sponsored by Oak Park Place


Drawing from more than 25 years of work at the national level, Dr. Joan Levy Zlotnik will address the challenges and opportunities of a growing population of older adults, and highlight how, where and why a well-...

Jennifer Schuhmacher, MSSW '04, loves what she does. As a licensed clinical social worker in Grant County in southwest Wisconsin, she works with a wide variety of people facing serious issues in their lives.


“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to watch people improving,” she says. “It’s like Christmas every day. I love what I do.”


Schuhmacher was profiled as part of Project 72, which shares stories of ingenuity, innovation, industry and inspiration that highlight the powerful partnership between UW-Madison and the state of Wisconsin.


Read Jennifer Schuhmacher's story


Children who hold major caregiving responsibilities within their families are shockingly common, a phenomenon that has only recently begun to garner attention in schools and communities nationwide. Melinda Kavanaugh, Ph.D. ’13, joined Connie Siskowksi, founder and president of the American Association of Caregiving in Youth, in an interview with WPR’s Rob Ferrett, to discuss ongoing research and collaborative efforts between schools and welfare agencies to improve the provision of support for child caregivers.


Kavanaugh points out that there is no definitive answer stemming from census or survey data as to just how many children ages 8 to 18 in Wisconsin identify as caregiver to an elder or ailing family member. “When you talk to school personnel, they acknowledge that these kids exist. One of the limitations is that there’s no systematic program for these youths.”


Listen to the show on WPR


Do you know a social worker who consistently goes above and beyond to make a difference, exemplifies the professional values of social work, and makes you proud to be a friend or colleague?


We are looking for nominations for members of the UW-Madison School of Social Work's community - including students, alumni, faculty, agency supervisors, or supporters - and we'll consider triumphing their great successes in our annual magazine, on the web, or by sending a note of congratulations. If appropriate, we'll also consider nominees for awards that the School of Social Work facilitates.


Nominate an outstanding social worker now



October 4

  1. State of Wisconsin Certification & Licensing Information Session
  2. Social Work Student Union Meeting
  3. Social Work Christian Fellowship

October 6

  1. Mindfulness Meditation

Part-Time Program

Child Welfare at the School of Social Work

WisCARES: Veterinary Care and Housing Support

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