Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Alumna Katy Sorenson, MSSW '80, former commissioner of Miami-Dade County, has led a ground-breaking program, the Good Government Initiative, for the past 6 years, training elected officials to become better leaders. As she moves into the next chapter of her life, she shares her perspective on making change and contributing to society.


Read the op-ed at the Miami Herald

Friday, June 17, 2016

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work graduate student Caroline Miller was selected in November by the Research Society on Alcoholism to receive the 2015 John T. and Patricia A. O’Neill Addiction Science Education Award.


The award acknowledges graduate, postdoctoral, and medical trainees who exhibit excellence in community education regarding addiction research. Miller’s project, titled “Social Support Theory and Stigma: Examining Social Support and its Efficacy for Stigma Reduction for Recently Deployed Veterans”, will receive $2,500 in support from the Texas Research Society on Alcoholism.  


As the recipient of the O’Neill Addiction Science Education Award, Miller will present her project on June 29 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the 39th annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism....

Monday, June 13, 2016

The horror of Sunday morning’s mass shooting gives us pause to try to make sense out of the senseless; to cope with the magnitude of such a violent act. Faculty at this School of Social Work condemn this action and all forms of violence whether they be perpetrated on an individual or a community. In the days ahead, families and friends will grieve and struggle with the loss of a child, a partner, a spouse, a parent, a friend. We offer our deepest sympathies and support to all who are affected by this terrible act in this time of great sorrow.


Across the country June is Pride month; a time when GLBT people and their friends and allies gather in solidarity to celebrate the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and the accomplishments of their quest for equal rights. We stand with the LGBT community in this time of great celebration and great loss. No doubt this act of violence will trigger yet again discussions about gun control and hate speech and other forms of xenophobia directed at Muslims and homophobia directed at gays and lesbians. Hopefully, the way forward will be guided by the humanity in each of us and with the memory of our brothers and sisters who perished Sunday.

Monday, June 06, 2016

For crime victims and witnesses of traumatic events, the criminal justice system can be bewildering and frightening. That’s why Julie Foley, who manages the Crime Response Program in the Dane County District Attorney’s Office, goes to work every day.


Foley, 55, who has led the program since 1996, says it’s a vital job, giving a voice to people who otherwise might become lost in the system.


Read the story from the Wisconsin State Journal

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Yang Sao Xiong, assistant professor of social work and Asian-American studies, has been accepted into the Health Equity Leadership Institute class of 2016.


The Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) was established in partnership with the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health with the goal of supporting and advancing the career development of underrepresented minority investigators who engage in health disparities research.


During HELI's intensive, week-long “research bootcamp”, Xiong and his cohort will have the opportunity to engage with researchers hailing from institutions across the country, to practice community-engaged research, and to hone their skills in research development and writing....

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