Friday, March 23, 2018

Jenny B.The 21st Annual National School Social Work Conference was held last week in Colombus, Ohio. The conference, sponsored by the School Social Work Association of America, brings together nationally-recognized leaders in the profession to present on issues and skills critical to school social workers. This year, UW-Madison School of Social Work Field Faculty Associate Jenny Braunginn (she/her/hers), MSSW, CISW, offered a workshop titled “Addressing Everyday Micro-Aggressions as a School Social Worker,” which highlighted effective methods of confronting micro-aggressions in school that not only improve school climate overall, but address racial and social justice issues affecting students.


Braunginn, a School Social Worker at Verona Area High School for many years, has taught in the School of Social Work since 2012. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Two student newspapers--The Daily Cardinal and The Badger Herald--recently highlighted School of Social Work faculty Tally Moses, Lawrence Berger, and Kristen Shook Slack. The Daily Cardinal article, titled "UW researchers investigate connection between mental health, gun ownership" examines the link between mental health and gun violence with input from Moses while The Badger Herald article, "As Wisconsin overhauls welfare programs, UW offers new anti-poverty solutions" compares the anti-poverty measures proposed by local government to those outlined by UW Social Work faculty with input from Berger and Shook Slack.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Amy LyleIn December 2015 after a Mount Horeb school cancelled a reading of I Am Jazz, an autobiographical children’s book co-written by transgender youth Jazz Jennings, one Mount Horeb mother and UW-Madison MSSW alumna decided to take a stand in the face of hate.


Originally coordinated by the mother of a transitioning first grade student and Mount Horeb school leadership, the reading came under legal fire when members of the community contacted an out-of-state hate group. In a show of support for the family and for the message of I Am Jazz, Amy Lyle (she/her/hers), MSSW, organized her own I Am Jazz reading at a local public library. To her surprise, nearly 600 community members showed up in overwhelming support for the inclusion of and awareness about transgender youth.


This event’s success eventually caught the interest of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. HRC, which “envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community,” proceeded to create a...

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lauren, Eric, DonEach year the Director of the School of Social Work, with input from the school's administrative team, chooses a recipient of the School of Social Work Director's Award. This award is presented to an individual who has done something for the school that made a difference and goes above and beyond the call of duty. The award is presented at the celebration of Social Work Month hosted by the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.


The following is adapted from the presentation of the award by Associate Director, Betty Kramer:


Eric Linn Miller, Adjunct Lecturer, came to the School’s rescue in the spring of 2016 to fill in mid-semester following Don Anderson's car accident. Don was teaching two sections of the very popular “Issues in Developmental Disabilities” course online. Eric worked collaboratively with a colleague, Josh Lapin, to ensure that students’ educational experience was not interrupted. He met with Don as he recovered to assure course continuity including grading a backlog of assignments and coordinating with the teaching assistant and others involved in the...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Continuing Students: Register on Monday, April 9 for SW 852: Influencing Political Systems for Social Change

  • Open to La Follette School of Public Affairs students under Public Affairs 974 Seminar 005
  • Taught by Senior Fellow Roberta Gassman

The advanced graduate seminar SW 852: Influencing Political Systems for Social Change, will be taught again in Fall 2018 by Senior Fellow Roberta Gassman, MSSW, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the US Department of Labor, and former Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development. Watch a 2013 video about the course, find out about her approach to teaching and the...

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