Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A $5 million gift honors two UW-Madison alumnae and supports graduate students pursuing careers in social work

By Katie Vaughn


BermansIn honor of his late wife’s and his mother-in-law’s dedication to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, Joel F. Berman has announced a gift of $5 million to support the School’s graduate students. It is the largest gift the school has ever received.


Ethel Sandra “Sandy” Rosenbaum received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology in 1972 and a master’s degree in social work from the university in 1976. Her mother, Harriet Abelson Rosenbaum, was a 1948 graduate of the university.



“Sandy pursued social work because she saw people in need growing up in New York City and wanted to help them, and because of her mother Harriet, who, as a social worker in New York, exemplified the transformational impact one can have on a person's life through this work,” Berman says. “This gift fulfills Sandy’s dream of honoring her mother by encouraging more students to pursue social work, thereby bringing more social workers into our communities.”


Friday, September 08, 2017

School of Social Work students, faculty, and staff:


The School of Social Work stands with our students in the face of President Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Any of our social work students feeling unsafe or experiencing distress can reach out to our social work advisors for support and resources. In addition, Chancellor Blank's public statement lists good university and community resources for DACA students and allies. We support our National Association of Social Workers (NASW), which strongly opposes President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program and will work with allied organizations and Congress to continue protections for these young immigrants. As a social work community, we have a responsibility to make sure that Congress is held accountable for swiftly developing an effective policy for DACA recipients that will avoid chaotic disorder in the lives of DACA recipients and their families, and that upholds the value and dignity of their previous and ongoing contributions to this country and world.


Stephanie Robert

Professor and Director


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tamara GrigsbyThe School of Social Work is proud to announce the development of a new fund, named after an alumna, legislator, and advocate for social justice, to advance the School’s priority goals of diversity and inclusion within the School and in our social justice work with the community.


The Tamara Grigsby Memorial Fund for Diversity and Inclusion, named after Tamara Grigsby (MSSW 2000) and seeded by an anonymous alumni donor, will be used to recruit students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds; increase programming to promote an inclusive environment; provide training for students, faculty, and community members on new approaches to improve diversity and inclusion in the classroom and in our communities; and to emphasize through action the School’s training and commitment to diversity and inclusion in its many forms.



Monday, August 28, 2017

New facultyThe School of Social Work is excited to welcome four new faculty members to campus this fall whose knowledge, experience, and efforts will benefit our students and drive the School’s work to achieve an equitable, healthy, and productive society through social work education and research. We’re thrilled to have them all here!


Earlier this summer, they each took a few moments to answer questions for University Communications. You can a read a short Q&A about each of them here:

Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor

Pajarita Charles, PhD, Assistant Professor

Lara B. Gerassi, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor

Lynette Studer, MSW, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor


Welcome to campus! 

Monday, August 28, 2017


Name: Lynette Studer
Title: Clinical Assistant ProfessorName: Lynette Studer
Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
Hometown: Monroe, WI
Hometown: Monroe, WIName: Lynette Stude


Name: Lynette Studer

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor

Hometown: Monroe, WI


Professional background:

I am licensed as a clinical social worker in both WI and MN. I have worked primarily in the community with individuals with severe mental illnesses in a model called Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). I have also worked as a social worker in an emergency department of a hospital, and my most recent...

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