Friday, May 13, 2016


Pet owners Clarence (right) and Kelly wait with their dogs Ike (left) and Tina to see the vet at a WisCARES clinic in Madison.

Wisconsin Companion Animal Resources, Education, and Social Services (WisCARES), a partnership between the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) and the UW-Madison School of Social Work that assists homeless and housing-unstable individuals with pets, has received a grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.


The project will receive two years of funding for a full-time social worker who will provide direct educational support to social welfare, BSW and MSW students in the School of Social Work and help expand services for WisCARES clientele.

Friday, May 06, 2016

The School of Social Work is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 doctoral student award and scholarship recipients. The following competitive awards are made possible by generous donations from alumni and friends of the School of Social Work, and allow the School of Social Work's students to receive critical funding to support their development as scholars and teachers.


Alfred Kadushin Dissertation Research Award - Yonah Drazen


Research Paper AwardAndrea Larson


Irving Piliavin AwardEun Ha Namkung


Sheldon D. Rose Memorial ScholarshipJune Paul


Teaching Assistant Excellence AwardMichelle Turner


Arthur P. Miles School of Social Work Scholarship - Emily Warren            


Many of the...

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....

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