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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.

 

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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...

Monday, August 28, 2017

Name: Lara B. Gerassi

Title: Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work & Affiliate with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
Hometown: Long Beach (New York) but I moved here from St. Louis (Missouri).

Title: Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work & Affiliate with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

Hometown: Long Beach (New York) but I moved here from St. Louis (Missouri).

 

Educational background:

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), New York University

Master of Social Work (MSW) and PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

 

How did you get into your field of research?

I earned my clinical license (LCSW) while working with women who were survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence. In my direct practice work, I heard some recount stories of intimate partners or close friends pressuring, coercing, and/or forcing them to sell sex for money or drugs as well as many exchanges of sexual acts for basic needs (known as survival sex). I realized that my colleagues and I were seeing sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation on a daily basis...

Monday, August 28, 2017

Name: Pajarita Charles

Title: Assistant Professor

Hometown: Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico; grew up in New York City and Huntington, NY

 

Educational background:

State University of New York at Stony Brook, BA, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Columbia University, New York, NY, MSW, Social Work Columbia University, New York, NY, MPA, Public Administration University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, PhD, Social Work

 

Previous position:

Research Scientist, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

 

How did you get into your field of research?

My longstanding interest in family and child wellbeing stems from my own experience growing up in a large urban environment among an incredibly diverse community of individuals with various backgrounds, assets and needs. My interests later narrowed to focus on prevention efforts that promote stability among high-risk families in low-income communities. Today, my work is concentrated on supporting healthy child development among children of formerly incarcerated fathers.

 

What attracted you to UW-Madison?

Many things attracted me to UW-Madison but among the most important were: the caliber and genuineness of faculty and students; the academic rigor and richness of research being...


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