Social Work Month Highlight! Meet Dr. Mechele Shipman, EdD, MSW, LCSW, LICSW

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Dr. Mechele Shipman

What class(es) do you currently teach at UW-Madison?
I currently teach two courses SW741 Interventions with Children, Youth & Families and SW840 Advanced Macro Practice Social Work. I have been teaching for UW-Madison since 2016. 

What inspired you to become a social worker?
Being a social worker is just who I am.  I didn’t choose social work. Social work chose me. Ever since I can remember, people have been drawn to me when they need support or reassurance.

What is your current social work position?
I am the CEO of Anu Family Services.  Anu Family Services is a private, non-profit organization that provides Treatment Foster Care, Parent Coaching, Youth Coaching, Flexible Support Services, and Intensive Trauma Services to children and families in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In my leadership role, I strive to create a positive work environment that supports employees in a way that allows them to bring their best self to work.

What has the pandemic taught you about your work as a social worker?
In times of uncertainty, we must look to what we know to be true. As a profession, we know that social work is adaptable. During the pandemic, I have seen many courageous acts of selflessness that inspire me to “do better” and “be better.” The world we live in is far from perfect. The pandemic has provided me with an opportunity to understand and ask myself what I am doing to make this a better, safer, kinder world for all people.

Happy Social Work Month!

Thank you Mechele for all your contributions to the social work profession and to the
UW- Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work!