On a recent  Friday almost 100 social work students, staff, and faculty took part in a returning prisoner simulation created and organized by Madison-Area Urban Ministry (MUM). The simulation places participants in the role of someone recently released from prison trying to navigate a return to the world outside.

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

We Care For Dane Kids, a partnership to transform early childhood and after school care sectors in Dane County, was selected as one of five finalists for the Alliance for the American Dream Competition. Katherine Magnuson and the School of Social Work are academic partners for this project.

"We Care" is one of two teams from Wisconsin selected as a finalists.

The Alliance, known locally as DreamUp WI, is sponsored by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt that seeks to improve societal outcomes through the thoughtful development of emerging science and technology that can benefit humanity. 

Read the full media release.

Congratulations to Prof. Tracy Schroepfer who was selected as the 2019 Career Achievement Award recipient with the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network. Dr. Schroepfer will be recognized at the network's conference in March.

Last year, Emily Erwin-Frank graduated from our MSW program. This year, she's been named a 2019 Women to Watch by Brava Magazine for her work on UpStage Stigma. She started UpStage Stigma in 2017 as part of a field placement with the Program of Assertive Community Treatment and is now planning for the third event later this year.




Dr. Charles Zastrow, PhD '71, was recently named a "Social Work Pioneer" by the NASW Foundation for his work decades of contributions to the field. 

Jane Benzschawel, an MSW student in our Part-Time Program, was selected as a delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. She will attend commission review meetings in New York in March 2019. The School is supporting her travel thanks to the Maureen Pelton Hartwell Fund for Women's Rights. More to come.

Congratulations to Dr. June Paul who was recognized with the Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Society for Social Work and Research!

Registration for the School of Social Work's annual Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference on January 25, 2019 is now open! 

A schedule and list of workshops are available on the conference site. The conference is free for a limited number of students, faculty, and staff in the School and $25 for community members. Lunch is provided and participants can earn 6 CEHs/.6CEUs. Registration fills up quickly.  This year’s theme is The Power of Disruption: Considerations of what disruption is, or can be, in a social work setting.

Ada Deer, a former Distinguished Lecturer for the School of Social Work, is on campus this week for a new initiative aimed at improving the experience of American Indian and Alaskan Native students. The effort, called "Culture Keepers/Elders-in-Residence," aims to strengthen partnerships between tribal nations and the university. 

Deer was the first member of the Menominee to earn an undergraduate degree from UW–Madison; the first chairwoman of her tribe; the first Native American woman to run for Congress from Wisconsin; and the first woman to head the Bureau of Indian affairs. She taught in the School of Social Work for many years. 

Read more about the Elders-in-Residence Program.