Student Involvement

The Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work students are invited to join social work or UW-Madison student organizations, organize their own student organizations (visit the Center for Leadership and Involvement for more information), and to join standing committees of the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work.

Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work Committees

At the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, most new ideas and decisions about how to improve the School start out with discussions in committees before being vetted by our various stakeholders, and before final decisions are made. New ideas that individual faculty, staff, or students have are often referred to discussion in committees first. For example, ideas for the curriculum are referred to the Curriculum Committee for first discussion, and new ideas for diversity and inclusion efforts are discussed in the Committee on Diversity. Committees discuss options and, when appropriate, reach out for input from various stakeholders before implementation or recommendations for change are made. Below you can find the current roster of committee assignments, including the student representatives on committees. Regardless of whether you participate in a committee, your student committee representatives are the best people to reach out to with ideas and suggestions.

Committee Assignments

Below is a table describing the roles of various committees in the School. Note that not all committees/teams in the Committee Assignments document are listed below. Also, not all committees/teams may accept student representation. Contact the Director if you have questions about participating in School committees.

Committee Committee Description
Assessment & Outcomes Assessment of professional programs' performance in meeting competency benchmarks. Development and administration of the CAPE.
Curriculum All matters pertaining to the content and requirements of the Social Welfare BA/BS, BSW, and MSW programs.
Student Grievance Review of official student grievances.
Field Education Matters pertaining to the delivery of field education for BSW and MSW students.
Title IV-E Admissions Review of applications to the Title IV-E Training Program.
Admissions Develops standards and processes for review of BSW and MSW applications. Reviews BSW and MSW applications.
Committee on Diversity Discuss, recommend, coordinate, collaborate, and/or implement efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in the school, consistent with our Strategic Plan for DE&I.
Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference Coordinates the annual Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference.
Student Awards Administers School- and donor-funded scholarships and awards for undergraduate and MSW students.
PhD Program All matters pertaining to the content and requirements of the Social Welfare PhD program.
Professional Consultative Committee Team of community social workers providing advice and recommendations to the Director of Field Education.
Interprofessional Education Committee Provide BSW and MSW students with educational opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for effective collaborative interprofessional practice.
Part Time Program Oversight Committee Faculty oversight of the administration of the Part-Time MSW Program.
Graduation Committee Sets the programming of the School-run graduation ceremonies.
Building Committee Forms recommendations to School administration on decorations and renovations of the Social Work Building.
Title IV-E Advisory Committee School and community stakeholders provide recommendations to the Title IV-E Program Coordinator on standards and practices.
P4P Committee Exploring the feasibility of payment for placement (P4P) within SRSSW.

UW-Madison Shared Governance

We encourage students to participate actively in shared governance at all levels. Below is a link to UW-Madison Shared Governance with more information on how to get involved and participate in university affairs.

Shared Governance

Social Work Student Organizations

Below is a list of current Social Work student organizations. The Social Work Student Union has a vote at All School Meetings where policies are voted upon. It is an important first step to students’ involvement in academic and student affairs.

Students who are interested in joining a School Committee (Curriculum Committee, Field Education Committee, Professional Consultative Committee, Diversity Committee) should attend the Social Work Student Union meetings. The Social Work Student Union is tasked with presenting to the Director of the School nominations for student representatives to the committees. Students have full voting rights on standing committees. Committees are often charged with making policy recommendations for faculty and student representatives to vote on at All School Meetings.

Student Groups and Resources

Name Student Leaders School Liaisons/Faculty Advisors
Access and Accommodation Resource Coordinator Russ Portier
Faculty Diversity Liaison Amanda Ngola and Lynette Studer
Sexual Harassment Liaison Tracy Schroepfer
Students for Social Welfare Jenelle Devries (jgdevries@wisc.edu) and Haley Polzin (hpolzin@wisc.edu) Tracy Schroepfer
Radical Social Work Jenny Braunginn and Laura Dresser
Veterans Liaison Gerald Eggleston
Phi Alpha Honor Society Paja Charles
Social Work Student Union Emma Portnay (eportnay@wisc.edu), Kassandra Gossens (kgossens@wisc.edu), Katie Goldish (kgoldish@wisc.edu) Lara Gerassi
Social Work Christian Fellowship Group Katherine Magnuson
Social Work LGBTQ and Allies Lynette Studer and LB Klein
Social Workers of Color Student Coalition Yolanda Shelton-Morris

Campus Student Organizations and Services

Multicultural Student Center

The primary mission of the Multicultural Student Center is to collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, are engaged and can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience.

International Student Services

International Student Services (ISS) offers a wide variety of services and programs to international students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The ISS staff provides information and programs to international students about the campus and community and provide support and assistance concerning visas and related immigration issues.

Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

The LGBTQ+ Campus Center provides education, outreach, advocacy, and resources for UW-Madison student communities and their allies to improve campus climate and their daily intersectional experiences. The LGBTQ+ Campus Center envisions a University of Wisconsin-Madison that actively addresses oppression in all its forms and affirms, includes, and celebrates people across the spectrum of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, including their intersectional experiences and perspectives.

McBurney Disability Resource Center

The McBurney Center mission is to utilize our expertise in disability and higher education, and work in partnership with the University of Wisconsin community to deliver innovative and high quality services and classroom accommodations to UW students with disabilities, facilitate and advocate for reasonable accommodations so that students have equal access to the programs, activities and services of the institution, cultivate opportunities for students to articulate their strengths and advocate for necessary accommodations, and identify and respond to the dynamic nature of student needs and learning environments.