Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society has dedicated much of this year to sharing awareness and appreciation for the field of social work with the rest of the UW-Madison campus.


Phi Alpha, an honors fraternity associated with the UW-Madison School of Social Work, celebrates academic achievement and fosters the formation of close bonds between students pursuing an education in social work.


For the 2015-16 academic year, Phi Alpha’s initiates involved advocating for better prominence of social work and social welfare across campus. The group recently hosted a panel on student social justice activism, featuring panelists from around Madison who spoke regarding social justice on campus and in the community.


Megan Wendt, a member and event coordinator in Phi Alpha, says that Phi Alpha strives to be a resource for students around UW-Madison interested in social work and social welfare....

Friday, April 29, 2016

This spring, the School of Social Work honored three field supervisors with the Distinguished Field Supervisor Award and an instructor with the Director’s Service Award.


The Distinguished Field Supervisor Award honors recipients for providing quality field opportunities for students, providing quality field supervision, promoting social and economic justice, and demonstrating the ethics and values of social work. 


This year’s recipients include Ellen Higley, John Kenneally, and Mary-Jo Olsen.


Ellen Higley of Eau Claire, Wisconsin has been a school social worker for 18 years and has provided field supervision for Part-Time MSW Program students since the program began.


According to her faculty nominator, “Ellen’s commitment to the MSW Program and to furthering the advancement of school social workers in Wisconsin is unwavering....

Monday, April 25, 2016

When a video showed up on Katie Nachman’s Facebook feed that showed an act of racism, she couldn’t stay silent.


The video depicted two young white girls opening gifts of black American Girl dolls, and showed the mother responding with laughter while the daughters tossed the dolls aside and cried.


Nachman, a master's student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, was incensed, and posted a video of her own daughters in response. The video went viral, reaching over 3 million views within a few days.


Nachman was widely praised for her initiative and for demonstrating how white parents can incorporate positive messages about race into parenting....

Monday, April 25, 2016

Students enrolled in Social Work with Communities and Organizations will be exhibiting social problem themed photography projects on Tuesday, April 26 in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda. The exhibit is free and open to the public.


PhotoVoice is an innovative method which sheds light on social issues and problems through the medium of photography. Photos create narratives examining the issues with the intent of sparking community action. 


Student exhibits will address issues that include: racial disparities in Madison, accessibility of the UW-Madison campus, homelessness, childhood obesity and food deserts.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Education has selected a project submitted by professors Lawrence Berger and Nora Cate Schaeffer (Sociology) to support through the first funding round of the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative.


The initiative supports highly innovative and groundbreaking research projects that "could transform a field, solve a long-standing problem, contribute to social policy or launch a key new techology," said Vice Chancellor Marsha Mailick.


The Wisconsin Study of Family Complexity and Public Policy is a pilot project designed to document the reality of complex families and examine how well our current safety net policies are aligned with the reality of the families that the policies were designed to help.


Most American children do not spend their entire childhood living with both biological parents, and yet social and family policies are rooted in the era when that was still the case.


Professors Maria Cancian, Marcia J....

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