Monday, March 09, 2015

A first-of-its-kind UW-Madison study has dug deep into the lives of transgender high school students in Wisconsin, finding both hopeful signs and dire circumstances.


Students spoke glowingly of teachers who went to bat for them and schools where they felt safe, but also of humiliating and sometimes dangerous situations that undercut their educations.


One student was made to leave the school grounds to use a gender-neutral bathroom at a restaurant across the street. Another said the school’s principal pulled her out of a class during an exam and told her to stop her gender transition because it was making others uncomfortable.


Almost all spoke of challenges, though the seriousness varied, said Sara McKinnon, who undertook the study with fellow researcher Maurice Gattis....


Read the full article in the Wisconsin State Journal

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Is your church in favor of same-sex marriage?


Maurice Gattis, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is studying the effects of pro-LGBT stances held by religious institutions.


Maurice Gattis has engaged in research activities regarding health disparities, GLBT populations, homelessness, and adolescent risk behaviors in the United States and Canada.  His primary work focuses on the role of contextual factors (e.g. family, peers, school, stigma, and discrimination) on negative psychosocial outcomes (e.g. mental health, substance use, sexual risk taking).

Listen to this story at Academic Minute


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Roberta Gassman, Senior Fellow at the UW-Madison School of Social Work Senior, has been appointed to the United Way of Dane County Delegation to Create Economic Stability for Young Families.


The delegation, co-chaired by UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and former Madison Chief of Police Noble Wray, includes, according to the United Way, "40 members representing local and nationally recognized poverty-reducing and equity-building stakeholders to understand poverty in Dane County, evaluate successful solutions, and build a plan to mobilize the community around most effective local strategies to help young families become self-sufficient." The delegation will present recommendations in November 2015.


Gassman has also been appointed by the United Way of Dane County to the Leadership Team of the HIRE Initiative, a $1 million, three year project that was recently established to help reduce poverty and unemployment in the area by assisting 240 individuals and 45 families with training, housing,...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A new research report has been released by UW-Madison faculty Drs. Maurice N. Gattis and Sara L. McKinnon for open community use. “School Experiences of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students in Wisconsin” addresses knowledge gaps about the unique needs of trans* students, culminating from research that systematically documents the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming students in Wisconsin.


The report addresses six themes: learning environment, physical facilities, health and wellness, safety, institutional and social support, and acceptance and respect.


The study is the first of its kind in Wisconsin and was supported by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health through the Wisconsin Partnership Program, and in collaboration with GSAFE. Download a free copy of the report

Friday, February 20, 2015

In this new series, we interview School of Social Work alumni to learn about the unique and inspiring paths graduates have taken through the world of social work.


Melissa Mennig was inspired from a young age to empower people living in oppressive situations. A 2008 graduate of the master's program, she is the lead case manager for The Road Home Dane County, where she works with families in the Housing & Hope program.


Read Melissa's story -->>

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