Harrill strengthens relationships between UW students and Madison community

Stephanie Harrill, BSW ’09
Badger Volunteers Coordinator, Morgridge Center for Public Service

Initially inspired by a social worker who helped her mother, Stephanie Harrill now works in Program Administration and Development as the Badger Volunteers Coordinator for the Morgridge Center for Public Service, where she helps develop partnerships between community partners and student volunteers.

Walk us through a typical day in the life at your job.

Though I'm biased, I think being a social worker is quite literally one of the best professions.

The Morgridge Center serves a central hub for engagement and outreach across campus and within the community; one of those programs is Badger Volunteers, which engages over 1,300 students each year in weekly community engagement for the duration of the semester. As the Badger Volunteers coordinator, I have the great privilege of working with UW students, community agencies, and campus partners on a daily basis.  Part of my responsibilities include developing relationships with nonprofits and municipalities to identify their volunteer needs, as well as recruiting students to volunteer – this includes orientation training, education sessions, and a celebration.  I also create programming for the leadership development component of Badger Volunteers. 


What made you want to come to the SSW?

The BSW program at Madison is an incredible opportunity for undergraduate students who know that social work is their path of choice. I appreciated the opportunity to put what I was learning in the classroom into practice in the community and have a space to reflect to further my learning.


How has your SSW education prepared you for both your past jobs and your current job? 

Though I’m biased, I think being a social worker is quite literally one of the best professions. The training creates a dynamic skillset that allows me to provide both direct services to individuals, as well as to view and analyze whole complex systems. Additionally, a social work education is actually equipping people with a unique and useful lens to interact with the world, approach challenges, and develop solutions. The employment program I was running in New York had failed twice before I was hired. I truly think my social work training and approach is what made all the difference in developing the most successful placement program in the city.



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