The School hosts several alumni networking opportunities, socials, and talks throughout the year on campus, across Wisconsin and beyond! These events are a way for our alumni and friends to stay engaged with the School and to reconnect with friends and colleagues. Many of our alumni events include talks that are eligible for continuing education social work credits.
Debra Beebe Memorial Lecture
The Debra Beebe Memorial Lecture is dedicated to the memory of Debra Beebe, a graduate student in the School of Social Work’s MSW program, who was tragically killed while working in a group home for persons with mental illness in Madison. Ms. Beebe’s parents established a scholarship in their daughter’s name, which is given annually to students committed to working with persons with mental illness. Since its inception, more than sixty scholarships have been awarded.
Dorothy Pearson Lecture on Equity and Social Justice
This lecture series is made possible by a generous donation to the School of Social Work from Dr. Dorothy M. Pearson. Dr. Pearson was a Professor at the School of Social Work at Howard University for 24 years, retiring in 1999. Dr. Pearson was a 1958 magna cum laude graduate of Southern University–Baton Rouge. Upon graduation, she enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work and received a MSW in 1960.
Dr. Pearson began her distinguished career in social work practice at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Center. In 1964, she became a social work educator in the clinical track at the School of Social Welfare at the UW-Milwaukee. Eventually, she returned to UW-Madison and earned a Ph.D. degree in Social Welfare in 1973. Since 1975, she has lived in the Washington, D.C. area but spends her summers in Milwaukee. Dr. Pearson was also an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors.
Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference
The conference challenges social workers to engage in racial and social justice action. The goals are to:
1. Explore the impact of social policies and social services on racial inequities, including the unintended consequences of these policies and services.
2. Support social workers working toward an increasingly equitable and racially just society.
3. Celebrate the profound social justice actions of our social work community.
Admission is free to students, faculty, and staff in the School of Social Work and for a small fee for community members. Lunch is provided and participants can earn 6 CEHs/.6CEUs.