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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...

Lawrence Berger, professor of social work, director of the School of Social Work Doctoral Program and director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, was selected for the 2016 School of Social Work Faculty Achievement Award.

 

School of Social Work Director Stephanie Robert stated that Berger has made considerable contributions as an excellent and productive colleague, an accomplished researcher, a strong mentor, and a helpful and supportive member of the School of Social Work faculty.

 

Berger studies how socioeconomic factors (family structure and composition, economic resources) and public policies influence parental behaviors and child and family wellbeing. His recent research focuses on the roles of factors such as family complexity, consumer debt, and housing (in)stability vis-à-vis individual and family functioning, parenting, and child development....

Alejandra Ros Pilarz, assistant professor at the School of Social Work, has received a $50,000 grant from the Madison Education Partnership in support of a year-long project titled “Family Engagement in Madison’s 4K Program: Implications for Children’s School readiness.”

 

The Madison Education Partnership is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and the Metropolitan School District. The WCER works to improve education outcomes for diverse student populations, to positively impact education practice, and to foster collaboration among academic disciplines and practitioners.

 

Pilarz’s project aims to investigate the impact that family engagement has on children’s school readiness in the Madison Metropolitan School District’s four-year-old kindergarten program. She hopes to learn about strategies kindergarten site directors and teachers implement in facilitating communication with parents and keeping them involved, how these strategies impact school attendance, and how parents perceive and experience family engagement strategies. The project is designed to identify promising methods for family...

An associate professor and a teaching assistant from the School of Social Work have been selected as fall 2016 University Housing Honored Instructors.

 

Associate Professor Marah Curtis and Teaching Assistant Molly Jones have been nominated by students who live in University Housing to be acknowledged for the dedication and hard work they have invested in teaching their respective courses.

 

Professor Curtis’s work investigates the effects of public policy on the well-being of children and families, namely in regard to housing policy, incarceration and poverty.

 

Molly Jones is a teaching assistant in Social Work 206: Introduction to Social Policy, a class that informs students on the political, economic, and institutional frameworks that shape public welfare policy in the United States.

Calendar

Upcoming

Today

  1. CYFW Focus Area Meeting
  2. Health and Aging Focus Area Meeting for first year Full Time program MSW students

February 28

  1. Job Interviewing Skills Workshop

March 3

  1. Spring 2017 Child Welfare Dialog, with Susan Notkin

Part-Time Program

Child Welfare at the School of Social Work

WisCARES: Veterinary Care and Housing Support


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