Monday, March 16, 2015

Once a leader in pro-transgender initiatives, Wisconsin is now a follower, a University of Wisconsin study uncovered.


The study on the experiences of transgender high school students revealed that despite some gains made for students in schools implementing protective transgender policies, transgender students still face challenges.


The Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools requested the study, released in February, to add to the currently lacking body of research on transgender experiences.


UW professors Maurice Gattis and Sara McKinnon co-authored the study...


Read the full article in the Badger Herald

Monday, March 16, 2015

Three UW-Madison faculty members presented ideas and potential solutions to counter material poverty Friday and Saturday during an annual conference on the subject held in Mazatlán, Mexico.


The third annual Mazatlán Forum: Platform for Cross-Border Collaboration invited scholars from across the United States and Mexico to present their ideas. The invitees’ studies and specializations vary from fields like sociology and philosophy to economics and business.


UW-Madison had the second most representatives at the forum, aside from Stanford University, which co-organized the event. UW-Madison sociology professor and Institute for Research on Poverty Director Lonnie Berger, public affairs and economics professor Timothy Smeeding and philosophy and educational policy professor Harry Brighouse said UW-Madison’s dominant presence at the conference is telling of the university’s reputation...


Read the full article from the Daily Cardinal

Thursday, March 12, 2015

By Meghan Chua

“To us, it felt so absurd.”


Meg Diestelmann was a leader in the School of Social Work’s LGBTQ Allies Group last fall when she and her fellow co-chairs heard the Council on Social Work Education wanted to remove the definition of diversity from its accreditation standards.


The nation’s main accrediting body for schools of social work has defined diversity as a number of components that make up an individual’s identity. In its latest revision of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards – set to go into effect in 2015 – the CSWE took up a proposal to remove that list of characteristics...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

By Meghan Chua


Alumna Marcia Bradley (MSW '93) has always felt strongly about giving back to the UW School of Social Work. Recently, in addition to annual support, she made a legacy gift to the School as part of her estate planning.


School of Social Work alumni and friends can support the School through a legacy gift – a planned, or deferred, gift that will benefit future generations of social work students and faculty.


To Ms. Bradley, her charitable bequest is one way to contribute to the field of social work.


“It feels good to be giving back in a concrete way to something that I feel will benefit both social work students and the people they serve,” Ms. Bradley said.


After 13 years as a social worker at Meriter Retirement Services, Ms. Bradley retired in 2003. Though she has given annual contributions throughout her lifetime, she thinks legacy gifts have a great potential to help the School.


“I insisted on doing this because generally, social workers aren’t that well-paid during their careers,” she said. “It’s more likely that they might have some assets in their estate that they could contribute.”


Ms. Bradley said her gift could...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

By Meghan Chua


Since her 2007 retirement from teaching in the School of Social Work and heading the American Indian Studies Department at UW, Ada Deer has stayed busy advocating for social change and improving people’s lives. As Deer says: “I am proud to be a social worker, and that’s very central to my identity and my participation in the world.” Deer was an instrumental leader in grassroots organization that led to the Menominee Restoration Act in 1973, protecting her own tribe’s sovereignty and setting a precedent for federal restoration of tribal rights. She served as the Assistant Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton administration, and was the first Native American woman to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Recently, Deer has been featured as a remarkable woman and social worker in Alice Lieberman’s book, “Women in Social Work who have Changed the World.” As she looks toward planning her 80th...

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