Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Upon graduating from college, Alejandra Ros Pilarz' first job was coaching parents on ways they could support their young children’s early literacy development and school readiness. Drawn to UW-Madison by the reputation of the School of Social Work, she is a runner who likes solving puzzles and traveling.


Read the Q&A with Assistant Professor Ros Pilarz from UW News

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Improving Health Outcomes for Older Adults

Challenges and Opportunities for Social Workers

Thursday, October 27, 2016 • 5:00 PM • Fluno Center (map it)

Free and open to the public | No registration required | View poster

.1 CEU/1 CEH Offered


Sponsored by Oak Park Place


Drawing from more than 25 years of work at the national level, Dr. Joan Levy Zlotnik will address the challenges and opportunities of a growing population of older adults, and highlight how, where and why a well-prepared social work profession can play important roles in improving health outcomes.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Maria Cancian, a professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and School of Social Work and former director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, was tapped by President Obama in 2014 to join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The professor reflects on her time as deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Obama administration before returning to UW-Madison this fall.


Read the story from the College of Letters & Science

Friday, September 30, 2016

Celena Roldan / Photo by Eileen T. Meslar, Chicago TribuneCelena Roldan, B.A. '98, MSSW '00, has vivid childhood memories of her dad, head of the Hispanic Housing Development Corp., dragging her to ribbon-cuttings at affordable housing projects, and of her mom, now a psychotherapist, working with students at a Chicago public school as she pursued her degree in social work. Their example made her want to serve communities as well.


Now, Roldan, 40, an Oak Park native of Puerto Rican descent, has a new challenge. In March, she was named CEO of the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois.


Read the article in the Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the nation’s longest standing center for poverty research, has been awarded a five-year, $9.5 million cooperative agreement to serve as the national Poverty Research Center.


The award from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on development of policy and legislation, strategic planning, policy research and evaluation, and economic analysis, comes as IRP marks its 50th year of examining the causes of poverty and inequality in the United States and approaches to reduce them. The award establishes IRP as the nation’s sole federally funded Poverty Research Center, an honor that IRP has shared with the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis, and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality for the past five years.

Read the full article from UW News

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