Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By Meghan Chua

In his new book, Browsing Through My Candy Store: Selected Reflections of a Policy Wonk, School of Social Work Professor Emeritus Tom Corbett, Ph.D., reaches out to current policy students and policymakers with reflections upon, and advice from, his career in social policy.


Corbett tells of the challenges and joys he had in tackling policy issues and working to create a more just society in a thoughtful and humorous narrative that hits on the different issues as if they are counters at his own “policy candy store.”


“In my experience, a lot of young promising policy types shy away from the challenges because they assume that doing policy will be as dry and boring as waiting for paint to dry or watching a curling match,” Corbett says in the preface. “This book should paint a very different picture of what policy is all about....

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

UW-Madison alumna Laura Klunder’s (BSW '06, MSW '07) newest tattoo runs down the inside of her left forearm and reads “K85-160,” a number that dates to her infancy. Klunder was 9 months old when her South Korean mother left her at a police station in Seoul. The police brought her to Holt Children’s Services, a local adoption agency, where a worker assigned Klunder the case number K85-160. It was only two weeks into 1985, but she was already the 160th child to come to the agency that month, and she would go on to be one of 8,800 children sent overseas from South Korea that year. Klunder became part of the largest adoption exodus from one country in history...

Read the full article from the New York Times

Friday, January 16, 2015

Professor Maurice Gattis, in collaboration with two UW-Madison Communication Arts professors and GSAFE, created the Safe Schools for Wisconsin’s Transgender Youth project to research the experiences of gender-nonconforming youth in Wisconsin public schools.


Ultimately, the researchers would like to see the creation and implementation of school nondiscrimination policies at the statewide level for trans* and gender-nonconforming youth, to work with the schools to implement the policies, and then to assess the implementation.


“My hope is that the results of the study will inform conversations regarding policies and practices that will create meaningful change for full inclusion of transgender and gender-nonconforming students in schools throughout the state, as well as inform the development of best practices for policy formulation and implementation,” Gattis says.


Read the full story from Our Lives Magazine

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Roy Campbell

Alumnus Roy Campbell, second from right, answers phones at an Easter Seals telethon in the 1980's, where he spent his career working to provide innovative programming for individuals with disabilities

Roy Campbell, the first male graduate of the master’s program at the UW-Madison School of Social Work, passed away on December 19, 2014 at age 88. He was one of the first students to receive a graduate degree after the school became accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 1952. 


Born in Ewen, Michigan, a small town in the Upper Peninsula, Roy was a pilot during World War II. Following...

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

By Meghan Chua

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 conference in January.


This year’s conference takes place Jan. 14-18 in New Orleans. With a focus on “The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity,” the conference provides a variety of presentations and workshops on topics that are vital to contemporary social work research.


Additionally, Dr. Sarah Font, who received her Ph.D. from the School this summer, will receive an award for an honorable mention in the SSWR’s Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award recognizes the significance of her dissertation topic, “Child Outcomes in Out-of-Home Placement: The Role of Placement Type.”


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

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