Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A number of UW-Madison School of Social Work doctoral students and faculty will present research at the annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference in January.


This year’s conference takes place Jan. 14-18 in Washington, D.C. With a focus on “Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future,” the conference provides a variety of presentations and workshops on topics that are vital to contemporary social work research.


Additionally, awards will be presented to several School of Social Work faculty members. Professor Jan Greenberg will be honored as a SSWR Fellow for his individual accomplishments, leadership and contribution to SSWR as a scientific society. Professors Stephanie Robert and Lawrence Berger will be presented with fellowships in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare for their dedication to achieving excellence in the field of social work through high-impact work that advances social good.


See the schedule below for highlights from School of Social Work...

Saturday, January 09, 2016

When MSW student Katie Nachman viewed a viral video on Facebook showing little girls upset with the color of their doll's skin, she knew she had to take a stand. Her statement resonated with millions and hit national news.


"I was hoping other white people would see it and realize that talking about and exposing your children to race is something you have to purposefully do," Nachman says. "Parents will often teach kids that all races are equal and we should love everybody, which is great in theory. But that's not enough."


Taking her activism a step further, Katie is now petitioning for American Girl to name their first African American Girl of the Year doll.


Read the coverage by NBC News and Upworthy.

Monday, January 04, 2016

The School of Social Work is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015-2016 scholarships and awards competition. Thanks to the generous gifts of alumni and friends of the School of Social Work, five new scholarships were awarded this year. Each awardee is selected after a committee of faculty and staff undertake a rigorous review process, resulting in the selection of the following highly qualified candidates:


Alumni & Friends of the School of Social Work Scholarship - Molly Jones, Clara Kincaid, Elizabeth Lupo, Jenna Roberg, and Samantha Wall


Kathryn Becker Norman Scholarship - Ericka Wild


Debra Beebe Scholarship - Katie Duggleby, Cedarose Keeley, and Brook Klemp


Donald G. Benn Scholarship - Lauren Shimanovsky...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

WisCARES – Wisconsin Companion Animal Resources, Education and Social Services – provides basic veterinary care for pets in Dane County, Wisconsin, whose owners are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. But it also does much more, putting a group of underserved individuals in contact with services that address housing, health care, food instability, and more. Read the full article.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Left: Heather Southwick, MSSW '53, poses with her daughter Karen

A new scholarship for master’s students in social work has been established by Heather Milne Southwick, a 1953 alumnus of the School of Social Work.


Ms. Southwick, a resident of Boulder, Colorado, values her social work education. After graduating from UW-Madison, Ms. Southwick spent fifty years living and working internationally with her husband Charles, also a UW-Madison alum. They spent time in India, Indonesia, and other countries, where Ms. Southwick volunteered as a social worker. Upon returning to the United States, Ms. Southwick worked in Athens, Ohio as a social worker with the Department of Welfare.

The scholarship will provide an annual award to an MSW student who has excellent academic credentials, is interested in direct practice, shows potential for future leadership, and is passionate about social work.

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