Thursday, October 10, 2013

The School recently recognized outstanding social work and social policy scholar Professor Martha Ozawa (MSSW ’66, Ph.D. ’69) with its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. After receiving her BA in Economics in 1956 from Ayoma Gakuin University in Tokyo, Martha, knowing that UW-Madison and Wisconsin played a pivotal role in crafting the U.S. Social Security Act, came to UW-Madison and completed her doctoral research on the background of U.S. income maintenance programs.


Most of her career was spent at The George Warren Brown School of Social Work, in St. Louis, where she remained until her recent retirement. In 2005, Martha became the Director of the Martha N. Ozawa Center for Social Policy Studies at George Warren Brown. Professor Ozawa built an extraordinary record of scholarship based on empirical studies of the effects of income security, health, long-term care, disability and other public benefit programs. Much of her work has had an international focus....

Thursday, October 03, 2013

A clarification on the Cap Times article:  A new faculty hire has been made in conjunction with Asian American Studies and the School of Social Work to teach Hmong American studies courses.  These courses are offered through the aforementioned departments; a new program has not been created.


By Pat Schneider, The Capital Times


Yang Sao Xiong’s new position teaching Hmong American Studies at UW-Madison is the first tenure-track post in that subject area in the United States, he says.


Much of Xiong’s work will look at the experience of Hmong refugees and their descendants in the United States through a lens of power differentials like those which have shaped the experiences of other immigrant groups, he says.


The Madison Hmong community gathered Saturday to celebrate the milestone of Xiong’s appointment to a position that some of them...

Thursday, October 03, 2013

For the eleventh year, a group of students, faculty and staff from the School of Social Work will walk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Dane County on Sunday, October 6, raising funds to fight the stigma of mental illness and advocate for services and programs for persons with serious mental illness.


This year’s team will again join with Occupational Therapy to walk together and reach a combined fundraising goal of $2000. 


Over the past decade, Social Work’s team has grown from around 7 members to over 50 members, as the NAMI Walk has increased from around 50 walkers to over 800.


To sponsor a student with a donation for the team, please visit the NAMI Walks website.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Dr. Muthoni Imungi, a Kenyan native, recently stepped into the role of director of field education at the School of Social Work.  Imungi comes to UW-Madison with over nine years of field education experience in field programs at Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University.  She has a passion for field education, and her enthusiasm has come across clearly in her first two weeks at the School.


We sat down with Imungi this week to find out a little more about her background, and what she thinks of Midwestern winters:


Q:  Can you tell us how you were called to do social work?


Imungi:  I grew up in Kenya when 50% of the population lived in poverty....

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pleading Insanity cover art

Pleading Insanity on Amazon

A recently published book by alumnus Andrew Archer (MSW, '09) explores life with bipolar disorder. In his poignant personal narrative, Andrew invites others inside a hellish prism that left him the victim of substance abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, mania, and delusions-and in a psychiatric unit with a mind separated from reality and a body confined to a jail cell.


As Andrew reveals the details of his harrowing journey through mental illness and subsequent treatment, he helps to demystify common misperceptions, build awareness, and provide hope to others suffering from bipolar disorder.


Whether you have no knowledge of bipolar disorder or are an expert in the mental health field, the earnest nature of Pleading Insanity begs you to listen.

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