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.


Read the full article from Fortune

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....

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jan Greenberg, a UW-Madison professor of social work, has been named associate vice chancellor in the Office of Research and Graduate Education. Greenberg will lead the area of social studies.


Following UW-Madison search processes, the appointment, announced this week by Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) Marsha Mailick, is effective immediately. Greenberg has been serving in the role on an interim basis.


Read the full article from UW News

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Perhaps she’s served you pancakes at the Kiwanis breakfast or greeted you at the Personal Essentials Pantry. Or maybe you’ve heard her address topics of homelessness, underage drinking or affordable transportation and housing at meetings for Stoughton Area Resource Team, Stoughton CARES or Stoughton United Ministries.

This is just a sampling of the many volunteer activities Sharon Mason-Boersma has been involved in since she moved to Stoughton in 1981. More than just a familiar face, she’s earned the trust of and helped thousands of struggling families in the Stoughton, Cambridge and Deerfield areas as a Joining Forces for Families (JFF) social worker.

Read the full article from Connect Stoughton

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