Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Gary Cohen, LCSW, CEAP, is the chair of the School of Social Work's Advisory Board and a 1980 graduate of the MSW program. After a varied social work career, he founded an employee assistance program in 1993 which now serves more than 200 employer groups. Cohen is featured this month in NASW-IL's Chapter News.


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Monday, August 10, 2015


An instructor in the Part-Time Program since 2010, Angela Willits will begin a full-time position as a clinical faculty member this fall. She received her master’s degree in social work from Simmons College in Boston in 2005, then spent...

Monday, August 03, 2015

By Meghan Chua

The School of Social Work facilitated dialogue on the role of social workers in overcoming racial inequity in Wisconsin by bringing together area social workers and community leaders for a one-day conference in April.


Over 200 social work practitioners and students attended the conference, called “Confronting Racial Injustice: Social Workers Moving Beyond Neutrality.” The conversation was contextualized by community-wide interest in the topic that spans from the 2013 Race to Equity project report detailing racial disparities in Dane County to the officer-involved shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson in Madison March 9.


Jalateefa Joe-Meyers, who helped to organize the conference, said it “challenged social workers to reflect and think about their own role in mediating racism.”


“I deeply believed that there was a need for the African American community to come together on one platform to discuss advocacy around the issue of racial disparities in the black community,” Joe-Meyers said of organizing the event.


Speakers throughout the day included leaders in Madison’s African American community and in county government, many of whom are life-long...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Two of the most salient economic trends today are the declining share of first-time homeowners, and the sharp increase in student loan debt outstanding.


Given the fact the housing market has slow to returning to normal (though things seem to be turning around of late), it’s natural that economists and journalists would assume that it’s student loan debt that’s been holding it back.


To test just how student loans are affecting the behavior of potential home buyers, researchers Jason Houle of Dartmouth College and Lawrence Berger of the University of Wisconsin drew on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth’s 1997 cohort.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Stephanie A. Robert, MSW, Ph.D.

The School of Social Work will open the academic year with a new set of leaders at the helm. Professor Stephanie A. Robert was recently named director, and Professor Betty J. Kramer has been appointed as associate director.


Robert stated: “Given the many challenges in the current political and economic environment that affect the communities we serve, the mission of the School of Social Work is more important than ever.


“I am pleased to have a chance to work closely with our dedicated faculty, staff, community partners and alumni. Together, we will launch the next generation of social work practitioners and researchers who will be at the forefront of creating positive change....

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