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  • Lann Thompson, MSSW ’74, Named Social Work Pioneer

    Each year the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) names new “Social Work Pioneers.” Those who have made important contribution to the social work profession, and to social policies through service, teaching, writing, research, program …

  • Today is Indigenous Peoples Day

    Today is Indigenous Peoples Day and at UW-Madison, it is a good time to remember and reflect on the history and people indigenous to this region. The following statement is in the signature line of …

  • To our LGBTQ+ and Social Work Communities and Allies:

    The protection and pursuit of LGBTQ+ rights are critical in social work. Social work is a profession that strives to defend the principles of equality, equity, and justice—our fight to realize these principles for all …

  • Amy Basel

    Get to Know: The People Who Make the School Run

    From advisors to program coordinators, the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work is special because of the people. Get to know some of people who work in the school in this semi-regular series.

  • Vote sign

    Social Workers Vote!

    Check out this slideshow video with a message from students, faculty, and staff of the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work. UW-Madison Voter Information

  • Tawandra L. Rowell-Cunsolo

    Assistant Professor Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo selected for Leadership Program

    We are proud to announce that Assistant Professor Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs. These programs connect changemakers across the country—from every profession and field—to …

  • ROBERTO GODINEZ

    MSW Student Roberto Godinez Receives National Fellowship

    MSW student Roberto Godinez is the recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). The fellowship enhances the training of master’s-level, direct practice-focused social work students …

  • A Letter to Students, Staff, and Faculty of the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work

    Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty of the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, A few months ago, someone I admire and respect for their stances on racial, social and economic justice used this word:  “apoplectic”, …

  • Social Work Student Union — Get Out the Vote

    Check out the Social Work Student Union on Facebook or Instagram. They’re working on several things, including a Get Out the Vote Campaign. As part of a National Voter Registration turnout event on Sept. 22nd, …

  • Tawandra L. Rowell-Cunsolo

    Meet New Assistant Professor, Dr. Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo

    The Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work is thrilled to welcome Assistant Professor, Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo, to campus (virtually) and to the school this fall! Dr. Rowell-Cunsolo was previously an assistant professor in the Columbia University …

  • Statement in Response to the Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

    Social Workers challenge injustice.  This is one of the ethical principles of our profession. Time and again, the killings of and violence toward Black people at the hands of the police are met with excuses. …

  • Welcome Message to Students from the Interim Director of the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work

    Sent on August 18, 2020: Dear New and Returning Students: I’d like to welcome you to Fall Semester 2020 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work! It goes without saying that …

  • Seungmi Cho

    PhD Student Seungmi Cho on “Loyalty”

    PhD student Seungmi Cho read her personal essay, “Loyalty,” today “Lake Effect” on WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee’s NPR. The essay focuses on anti-racism and the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as a vice presidential …

  • Memory Project Participant

    Alumni’s Covid-19 Project Hopes to Reach Thousands of Students

    In 2004, Sandra Rosenbaum School Of Social Work alumni Ben Schumaker, MSW ’06, founded The Memory Project, an incredibly successful non-profit dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding and kindness between children around the world through school-based …

  • LEAH AWKWARD-RICH

    Leah Awkward-Rich Receives Equity & Inclusion Student Fellowship

    Congratulations to PhD student Leah Awkward-Rich who has been recognized with a Equity & Inclusion Student Fellowship from the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management. The fellowship supports the travel and participation of students …

  • Timeline of Spring/Summer 2020 Advocacy Efforts Involving Social Work Organizations and Groups

    Following the killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day, social workers, educators, and researchers have been in spirited dialog about the role social work should play in addressing police brutality. Several national organizations, including the Society …

  • Tova Walsh

    Walsh: 9 in 10 Men Want Doctors to Ask About Domestic Violence

    A nationally representative survey of young men finds that 90 percent believe their doctors should ask whether they have perpetrated or experienced domestic violence — but only 13 percent have ever been asked. The large …

  • Dr. Marah Curtis

    Marah Curtis Named Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor

    Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships Seven professors were named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships, an award recognizing distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service. The professorship provides five years of flexible funding …

  • Director and Professor Stephanie Robert’s Statement on New ICE Rule

    UW-Madison is a world-class university – and it takes students and scholars from around the world to make it so.  As the Director of the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work at UW-Madison, I want to …

  • School Social Workers and Alumni Meet Family Needs in Madison Schools

    Early on in the pandemic, school social workers in 14 Madison, WI schools banned together and formed the Madison West High Area Collaborative. The group provides and coordinates a variety of services, including food distribution …

  • Ana Christina Stier (left) and MariCarmen Saavedra-Retzlaff (right)

    Providing Care and Stability in the Face of Ever-present Changes

    Ana Stier, MSW ’01, works at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers in Milwaukee. The centers provide health care for all ages, health education, and social services free from linguistic, cultural, and economic barriers for …

  • Sandra Rosenbaum and Joel Berman

    Introducing the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work

    Fulfilling a Promise In the summer of 2017, Joel Berman approached leadership at the UW–Madison School of Social Work about a promise he made to his wife, Sandra Rosenbaum. She wanted him to donate to …

  • Lonnie Berger to be Associate Vice Chancellor in the Social Sciences

  • Pride 2020

    Pride Is and Always Was About Rebellion. This Year More Than Ever.

    Dear SSW Community, June is designated Pride month, a time for us to reflect, celebrate progress, and advocate for continued LGBTQ rights.  But this year, Pride is different in many ways. It is not our …

  • Tova Walsh

    For Milwaukee Dads, Help Figuring Out Fatherhood

    “In the history of family services, fathers have been overlooked and neglected, Assistant Professor Tova Walsh says, with sometimes clinical consequences. “’Paternal depression is underrecognized,’” she says.

  • Pajarita Charles

    Reaching out to dads in jail: Fathers and children do better when parental identity is supported

    Assistant Prof. Pajarita Charles’ continued work on parenting and family relationships for individuals involved in the criminal justice system was highlighted in The Capital Times. “In particular for fathers that are in the criminal justice …

  • LGBTQ+ Zine

    Students Create Zine to Highlight Queer Voices at the School

    Students this spring sought to understand and center the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ students in the School of Social Work through a survey and published project as part of SW 639: GLBT Individuals and Social …

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    Advanced Macro Students Advocating

    The need for advocacy does not stop for a pandemic. Students in SW 840: Advanced Marco Practice with Dr. Laura Dresser and Dr. Dan Meyer adapted to the realities of Covid-19 and social distancing and …

  • Terrace chairs

    Two Students Named Ginsberg Family Award Recipients

    Congratulations to Julia Gutman and MaKayla Liebeck — two students in the School of Social Work recognized with the distinguished Ginsberg Family Award from UW-Madison this year. Each year, 25 undergraduate juniors and seniors across …

  • Bascom Hall

    Building a Data Resource to Support Housing Research

    Two faculty with the School of Social Work are part of a team awarded a grant to increase the quality and amount of housing-related data available to the Wisconsin Administrative Data Core, a unique data resource …

  • Brian Benford

    Graduating MSW and Odyssey Student Featured

  • Terrace chairs

    Students Receive UW-Madison Leadership Certificate

    Congratulations to two BSW students, Sydney Alhadeff and Jennifer Brown, for receiving UW-Madison Leadership Certificates this semester. The Leadership Certificates recognize students involved in leadership roles in organizations, work experiences, and in service to the …

  • Fall Scholarship Winners 2019-20

    Fall Scholarship Competition

    Earlier this academic year, the School of Social Work recognized 25 outstanding BSW and MSW students as recipients of scholarships in our fall competition. These awards, ranging from $1,000–$5,000, recognize the outstanding contributions and potential …

  • Harriet & Sandra Rosenbaum Scholars

    Rosenbaum and Admission Awards

    The second cohort of Harriet & Sandra Rosenbaum Scholars entered the school this past fall. These awards provide a year of full tuition and fees, plus a stipend for several full-time MSW students each year and …

  • PhD Student Awards

    Several of our outstanding PhD students received awards and scholarships from the school earlier this spring. These awards recognize distinction in teaching and research papers, provide dissertation assistance, and support excellence in scholarship while meeting …

  • Phi Alpha Honor Society

    Phi Alpha Students 2019-2020

    Congratulation to our BSW students selected into the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work this past year. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites students who have attained excellence …

  • Dr. Lynette Studer

    Clinical Assistant Professor Lynette Studer and Colleagues Receive Grant to Study Assertive Community Treatment

    Mary Ann Test (UW-Madison School of Social Work) helped create ACT. This is the first comprehensive national study of ACT fidelity and implementation. When Mary Ann Test, PhD, a long-time professor at the UW-Madison School …

  • Pajarita Charles

    Assistant Professor Pajarita Charles to Co-lead Social Work Grand Challenge

    Assistant Professor Pajarita Chalres was recently named a co-lead on a national initiative to address the need for smart decarceration policies. The Promote Smart Decarceration Grand Challenge focuses on reducing the number of people in …

  • DEBORAH A. HOBBINS GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, RIGHTS, AND JUSTICE

    Social Welfare PhD student Emma Carpenter recently received the Deborah A. Hobbins Award in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice from the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was …

  • Jane Benzschawel

    Part-Time Program Student Spotlight: Jane Benzschawel

    The Part-Time Program offers classes on Saturdays in Madison or Eau Claire and features practical experience field placements and faculty who are professional social workers. This spotlight features one of our students, Jane Benzschawel, who …

  • Melody Waring

    PhD Student Melody Waring Receives Teaching Assistant Award

    Fifteen graduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been honored with 2019 Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Awards, including Melody Waring, a PhD student in the Social Welfare program at the School of Social Work. Waring’s dissertation …

  • Mary Paulauskis

    Part-Time Program Advisor Spotlight: Mary Paulauskis

    Our Part-Time Program offers classes on Saturdays in Madison or Eau Claire and features practical experience field placements and faculty who are professional social workers. This spotlight features one of our advisors, Mary Paulauskis who …

  • Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu, PhD, MSW, BCC

    The Social Work Entrepreneur: A Series Highlighting Alumni Who Have Created Their Own Businesses and Organizations

    Alumna Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu, PhD ’13, Enters the For-Profit World Unlike most students pursuing doctoral education, Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu knew before starting a doctorate program that she did not plan to pursue a …

  • Alumni Provide Leadership in Social Work Education

    The Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for accrediting and re-affirming the accreditation of more than 800 undergraduate and MSW social work programs.  Four UW-Madison School of Social Work …

  • Part-Time Program Student Spotlight: Sean Michels

    Our Part-Time Program offers classes on Saturdays in Madison or Eau Claire and features practical experience field placements and faculty who are professional social workers. This spotlight features one of our students, Sean Michels, who …

  • Lauren Bishop

    Researchers Shed Light on Previously Unknown Characteristic of People with Down Syndrome

    A new study of 3,000 people in Wisconsin aged 21 and older with Down syndrome, published in JAMA Neurology by Assistant Professor of Social Work Lauren Bishop and colleagues, shows that by age 55, three …

  • Molly Costanzo

    Molly Costanzo Receives Doctoral Research Award

    PhD student Molly Costanzo has received the 2020 Student Research Award from the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work. In addition to a cash award, she will be recognized at the GADE Reception …

  • Layne Wetherbee

    BSW student Layne Wetherbee Recipient of 2019 Bascom Hill Society Scholarship

    Congratulations to BSW student Layne Wetherbee who received the 2019 Bascom Hill Society Scholarship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin Foundation. In her time here she’s worked with Dr. Paja Charles on the Pathways for …

  • Two Alums Receive National Social Work Profession Honors

    Congratulations to two school alumni who have made significant contributions to the field of social work. Michael Daley, PhD ’83, was named a “Social Work Pioneer” by the National Association of Social Workers. This prestigious …

  • Meghan Jenkins Morales

    PhD student Meghan Jenkins Morales receives New Investigator Award

    Congratulations to PhD student Meghan Jenkins Morales who received the UW Institute on Aging’s 2019 New Investigator Award in the Social Sciences category for her poster, “The Association Between Housing Cost Burden, Unmet Care Needs …

  • Melody Waring

    Waring Receives Dissertation Fellowship

    PhD student Melody Waring was recently selected as one of three recipients of the 2019 Dissertation Fellowship Award from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Through her project, “Caring for Aging Parents: Stratified …

  • Two Community-based Efforts Aim to Improve Parenting Skills and Reduce Recidivism Rate in Dane County

    UW-Madison School of Social Work Assistant Professor Pajarita Charles and Partners Emphasize Family Support By Jason Lee Raising children is the most important and rewarding work parents often experience. It can also be overwhelming. As …

  • Michelle Alexander

    Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference: Call for Proposals

    The UW-Madison School of Social Work invites workshop proposals for the 2020 Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference: Are You Ready to Answer the Call? to be held on Friday, January 24, 2020. Each year, …

  • Dr. Martha Ozawa

    Alumna and Social Work Pioneer Dr. Martha Ozawa Leaves $6.5 Million Estate Gift to the UW-Madison School of Social Work

    Social Work Scholarships Get Major Boost Prospective graduate students in the UW-Madison School of Social Work have more opportunities for funding than ever before thanks to a major gift from one of the school’s first …

  • Dr. Marah Curtis

    Curtis and Colleagues Receive “Contemporary Social Problems Initiative” Grant

    Associate Prof. Marah Curtis (co-principal investigator) and colleagues received a “Contemporary Social Problems Initiative” grant to explore the relationship between housing stability during pregnancy and short and intermediate health outcomes of families with infants. The …

  • “I Know I Can Handle This Work Load Because I’ve Seen Her Do It.”

    Jason Lee Mother and Daughter Graduating from the School of Social Work in May When your mom works with and advocates for children for so many years, you gain insight into the struggle, passion, and …

  • MSW Student Elizabeth Kunze to Spend Next Year as Fulbright Scholar

    The graduating student will work and study in Austria Graduating MSW student Elizabeth Kunze was recently selected as a 2019-20 Fulbright Scholar. She will spend her time as a teaching assistant at a secondary school …

  • Part-Time Program Advisor Spotlight: Latoya Kirton

    Our Part-Time Program offers classes on Saturdays in Madison or Eau Claire and features practical experience field placements and faculty who are professional social workers. This profile of Part-Time Program Advisor Latoya Kirton is one …

  • Alumni Doing What Social Workers Do: Give Back

    Jason Lee School able to increase student scholarships as a result of alumni generosity Social Workers give their time, energy, and talents in service to others. The nature of giving extends to the financial contributions …

  • Lecturer Publishes Experience of Overcoming Domestic Abuse as Teenager

    Alumna (MSW ’05) and long-time lecturer Teresa Thomas published an essay in a new book about her experiences of overcoming domestic violence as a teenager. The chapter, “Don’t Waste Your Life,” provides an intimate view of what domestic …

  • John Elliott Receives School of Social Work Achievement Award

    The school recently presented the 2019 School of Social Work Achievement Award to John Elliott, the Deputy Administrator for the Division of Safety and Permanence for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. The award was part …

  • Fall Scholarships Awarded

    Jason Lee Twenty-six MSW students recently received scholarships from our fall competition. The awards, funded and created by alumni donors and friends of the school, recognize outstanding students in our two MSW programs for their high-quality academic …

  • Queering Pregnancy Decisions

    Jason Lee PhD student seeks to understand more nuanced family planning and pregnancy decision-making of queer women and non-binary individuals assigned female at birth Emma Carpenter’s work is defined by her passion for family planning, …

  • Part-Time Program Student Spotlight: Lisa Madell

    Our Part-Time Program offers classes on Saturdays in Madison or Eau Claire and features practical experience field placements and faculty who are professional social workers. This profile of Part-Time Program Student Lisa Madell is one in a series …

  • Facing Barriers Returning from Prison

    Jason Lee SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS TAKE PART IN SIMULATION TO UNDERSTAND DIFFICULTY OF REENTRY The United States is the most prison-dependent country in the world. There are over two million prisoners in the U.S., with …

  • Part-Time Program Instructor Spotlight: Amanda Neckar

    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 …

  • Katherine Magnuson and Team Finalist for Investment

    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 …

  • Schroepfer Selected for 2019 Career Achievement Award

    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. Dr. Schroepfer’s research …

  • In the News: Alumna named “Women to Watch”

    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 …

  • Alumnus Named Social Work Pioneer

    Dr. Charles Zastrow, PhD ’71, was recently named a “Social Work Pioneer” by the NASW Foundation for his decades of contributions to the field. The author of three social work textbooks and co-author of two more, his …

  • MSW Student to Attend UN Meetings on Status of Women

    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 …

  • PhD Alum Recognized for Outstanding Dissertation

    Congratulations to Dr. June Paul who was recognized with the Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Society for Social Work and Research! Dr. Paul, who received a PhD from UW-Madison in 2018, is an …

  • Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference

    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 …

  • Part-Time MSW Program Student Spotlight: Ashley Osteen

    Ashley Osteen is pursuing a degree in our Part-Time MSW Program in Eau Claire. Her focus is Child, Youth, & Family Welfare. She recently spoke about her experiences as part of an on-going series highlighting students …

  • Distinguished Lecturer Emerita Back On Campus This Week

    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, …

  • Katherine Magnuson and Partners Receive a Wisconsin Partnership Program Grant

    Congratulations to Prof. Katherine Magnuson and partners with Supporting Families Together Association for receiving a Wisconsin Partnership Program grant to promote the social and emotional health of children. The project aims to address disparities in rates of expulsion among …

  • Response to racism and anti-Semitism

    School of Social Work Community: Please see the below message from Professor Tova Walsh, who shares the sentiments of many of us in the School of Social Work: In the past week, shootings motivated by …

  • Professor Katherine Magnuson Selected as a Fellow

    Professor Katherine Magnuson has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare for her excellence in research on the well-being and development of economically disadvantaged children and their families. …

  • Part-time Program Instructor Spotlight: Jenny Braunginn

    Describe your current position in the field? Field Faculty and Long-Term Lecturer for UW-Madison School of Social Social Work I am Field Faculty for SW 800/801 “Social Work Practice in Child and Family Welfare: Public, …

  • Full-Ride Scholarships Make MSW Degrees Attainable

    Jason Lee Admissions to all MSW Programs Now Open! Cassandra Theno has dreamed of becoming a social worker and receiving her MSW since watching her own mother, who has a degree in social work, assist …

  • The Social Work Entrepreneur: A Series Highlighting Alums Who Have Created Their Own Businesses and Organizations

    Mel Morgenbesser ALUM KATE SHAW IS GROWING HER DREAM Kate Shaw, MSW ’05, has a great deal of experience working with the elderly. She served as Executive Director of the West Madison Senior Center, was …

  • Moving Past Failed Student Outcomes into Models of Success Conference to be Held Nov. 2

    The School of Social Work is proud to share that the 2018 Moving Past Failed Student Outcomes into Models of Success conference, hosted by Sankofa-Educational Leadership United, will take place in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, November 2 at …

  • MSW Student Kianna Goodwin Awarded NASW Verne LeMarr Lyons Scholarship

    MSW student Kianna Goodwin has been selected by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as a 2018-2019 Verne LeMarr Lyons Scholarship recipient. Lyons Scholarships are awarded to master’s degree candidates in social work who have demonstrated an interest …

  • School of Social Work PhD Students Honored

    Angela Guarin Aristizabal Join us in congratulating three outstanding PhD students who have been recognized for their hard work. Angela Guarin Aristizabal was awarded an International Fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Her research focuses on the wellbeing …

  • In the News: Prof. Cancian quoted in Washington Post and the New Yorker

    Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work Maria Cancian was recently quoted in the Washington Post and The New Yorker about family separation. Dr. Cancian was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for the Administration of Children and Families in the Obama …

  • NADD – Statement Against Family Seperation

    The UW-Madison School of Social Work stands against the separation of children from their asylum-seeking families. Please read the joint statement that Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work across the country have come together to compose. …

  • In the News: Military families can teach us about the cost of family separations

    Assistant Professor Tova Walsh co-authored an opinion piece in The Hill on the costs associated with family separation and lessons learned from military families. Read the full article.

  • Call For Proposals: Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference

    The UW-Madison School of Social Work invites workshop proposals for the 2019 Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference: The Power of Disruption, which will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019. Each year, more than 500 social …

  • anet Horn Schirtzinger, BA '74, MSSW 77; Debra Gonzales-Zauner, MSSW '82; Aimee Miller Hay, BA '88; Amanda Zimmerman, BA '08

    Alumna Janet Schirtzinger Supervises Three Generations of UW-Madison Grads

    Mel Morgenbesser When School of Social Work alumna Debra Gonzales Zauner, MSSW ’82, saw a note in the Alumni Magazine Connections asking for help in identifying alums who are examples of outstanding social work practitioners, she thought …