Tuesday, February 27, 2018

StudentReceive Funding from Wisconsin Idea Fellowship and Support from the School of Social Work


This past fall, two UW-Madison students, Maddie Zimmerman and Lauren Silber, set out to build awareness on campus about dating violence. Partnering with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) and Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment (PAVE), they developed a student workshop called, “Relationship FLAGS (For Leaders, Advocates, and Greek Students).”


The project, which aims to build awareness about dating violence, bystander intervention, and resources for survivors of violence, received the Wisconsin Idea Fellowship to fund workshops through the 2017-18 academic year.


The Relationship FLAGS workshops are peer-led and discussion-based, guided by student facilitators who are trained by DAIS and PAVE. At least one of the facilitators is a current Social Welfare student. In the span of an hour, participants come together around “activities about the prevalence of dating violence among college-aged students,” work through identifying red flags in relationships, and examine ways to help a...

Monday, February 26, 2018

JournalA major double issue of the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences reconsiders anti-poverty policy initiatives in the United States. The proposals, based on decades of research into what works to reduce economic disadvantage and increase opportunity, examines the social safety net in America and proposes policies to strengthen or change programs and lift millions out of poverty.


The issues were edited by three professors in the School of Social Work: Lonnie Berger, Maria Cancian, and Katherine Magnuson and include contributions from Social Work Professor Daniel R. Meyer as well as other University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers. The issues were also the feature of an article in Colorlines last week.


Magnuson told Colorlines, “We felt it was important to bring together a set of fresh ideas that would engage with what we have learned about anti-poverty policies of the past in order to...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Last Year's Job FairThe School of Social Work is set to host its annual Job Fair for students and alumni on Friday, March 2nd. The Fair is a perfect opportunity for current students as well as alumni to learn about current jobs in social work and social services, and to talk to employers from throughout Wisconsin. More than 20 employers have registered for the fair and more are expected to sign up. A current list of employers is at the bottom of this page.


Academic Advisor Mary Paulauskis says the fair is an opportunity for students to “meet with human resource recruiters and social workers who are hiring certified and licensed social workers. Current students and recent graduates of the MSW and BSW Programs will have an opportunity to learn about professional social work positions available now and in the future, practice articulating their areas of interest to recruiters and, potentially, interview immediately for open positions. In past years, students have been interviewed on the spot and have arranged for second interviews.”


To prepare for the fair, students and alumni should dress in business casual attire, bring a resume, and according to Paulauskis, “do your homework--read about the employer you are planning to meet with and...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Lara Gerassi Recent Wisconsin state legislation (Act 367) mandates that any suspected or confirmed cases of child sex trafficking be investigated and that law enforcement report suspected cases to child protective services. This will likely result in an increase in individuals requiring and receiving referrals to social services agencies. A new partnership between School of Social Work Assistant Professor Lara Gerassi and the Youth and Family Services Division of Outagamie County will work to build up services developed and employed for individuals at risk of sex trafficking.


The project, Responding to Suspected and Sex Trafficked Children, was awarded a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea seed grant to disseminate evidenced-based strategies for working with individuals who have been trafficked as well as work to understand the use, feasibility, and evaluation of current practices.


The Youth and Family Services Division of Outagamie County was also awarded a regional hub grant for a regional...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Professor Marah A. CurtisMany factors influence health and well-being, including access to safe and stable housing. The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee and its partners, including School of Social Work Professor Marah A. Curtis and Professor Geoffrey Swain of the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, recognize this direct link.


Their project, Creating Conditions to Improve Housing for Wisconsin Families, will inform housing policies related to health, quality, stability, or affordability to alleviate Wisconsin’s housing crisis and its effects on public health.


It’s one of four new $1 million, five-year Community Impact Grants recently funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program.


The project began in Milwaukee on January 1st and will expand to other counties in the state within the next five years. Project activities will include building a community-driven advisory council, conducting a health impact assessment, and recruiting and training tenant leadership teams.


Its overall goal is to create conditions for...

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