Title IVE Admissions Committee

Chair/Co-chairs: Alice Egan 

Fall 2021 Committee Members: Committee or Group: Ellen Smith, Audrey Conn, Jessica Pac, Cindy Waldeck, Michael Hoffmeister, Nancy Ortegon-Johnson (Dane Co), 2 additional county representatives (pending)  

2021-22 (December) Report Out 

2 Goal Areas 

#1 Increase the diversity of our students, staff, faculty, and other governing bodies  

Objective(s):  Diversify the Title IV-E Program’s student body through recruitment and admissions while simultaneously addressing inclusivity within the program by purposeful building of connections and programming on anti-racism and equity in child welfare. 

Action Steps/Timeframes: 

  • Move admissions deadline up to be in line with other school funding sources, increasing the potential applicant pool (January 2022) 
  • Move admissions review process up to prior the students needing to give the School admissions decisions, so that students know whether they are funded by IV-E prior to accepting admission to the School (February 2022) 
  • Increase classroom outreach and recruitment within the School and in other departments (November/December 2021) 
  • Focus fall book club on a Native American author (including hosting her attendance), and on a book relevant to the Indian Child Welfare Act (Fall/December 2021) 
  • Continue with networking/partnering opportunities with alumni, with the aim of pairing current students with professionals in the field (ongoing) 

 

#2 Equip our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and social work community partners to be social justice leaders who can address diversity, equity, and inclusion in their lives and careers. 

Objective(s): Ensure students, alumni, and community partners have concrete tools to affect change that supports diversity, equity and inclusion at their local agency. 

Action Steps/Timeframes: 

  • Increase purposeful partnering with Wisconsin tribal child welfare agencies for recruitment and retention needs (began summer 2021, ongoing) 
  • Hold Fall and Spring Public Child Welfare Dialogues via Zoom to ensure accessibility across the state. (November 2021 and April 2022) 
  • Invite Fall Public Child Welfare Dialogue speaker from National Native Children’s Trauma Center to equip Wisconsin workers with practical tools for trauma-informed care with Native American Families (November 2021) 
  • Poll students, alumni and community partners for needed skill-building topics for the spring dialogue (January 2021) 
  • Hold a “part 2” to the Spring 2021 LGTBQ+ Youth in Out of Home Care training provided last spring (Spring 2022) 

 

Strategic Plan Progress Report Out April 2021

Committee Name: Title IVE Admissions Committee

Committee Members:  Alice Egan, Audrey Conn, Ellen Smith, Jessica Pac, Cindy Waldeck, Nancy Ortegon-Johnson, & Michael Hoffmeister

Strategic Plan Goal(s) written out and identified as either Goal 1, 2 or 3

Goal 1: Increase the diversity of our students, staff, faculty, and other governing bodies.

Goal 3: Equip our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and social work community partners to be social justice leaders who can address diversity, equity, and inclusion in their lives and careers.

Progress since February 2021

Goal 1 was: “Diversify the Title IV-E Program’s student body through recruitment and admissions while simultaneously addressing inclusivity within the program by purposeful building of connections and programming on anti-racism and equity in child welfare.”

  1. Held a zoom recruitment panel, where current Title IV-E students as well as IV-E alums spoke to prospective students about their experiences in the program and in the field of public child welfare.
  2. Title IV-E Program Coordinator participated in a financial resources panel presentation for the “visit day” held by the School of Social Work, to inform students about Title IV-E admissions and to answer questions.
  3. Recruitment efforts have increased our overall number of applicants by 12%, as well as the racial diversity in our applicant pool. This year, 28.5% of our applicants identified as BIPOC, as compared to 20% of our applicant pool last year.

Goal 3 was: “Ensure students, alumni, and community partners have concrete tools to affect change that supports diversity, equity and inclusion at their local agency.”

  1. In February, we held a Title IV-E Book Club meeting following the Racial Injustice Conference, where we discussed this year’s IV-E Book Club book by Patrice Cullors, in relation to her presentation at the conference. Child Welfare faculty were also invited to read this book and participate.
  2. In early March, the IV-E Program invited two PhD candidates to attend an SMT Meeting with IV-E students to discuss their research in crucial areas of diversity and intersectionality in child welfare.
  3. Co-sponsored a training in March entitled, Practice Skills for Working with LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care. This training had 237 registrants, and was very well-received, including participants asking our school to bring them back for a “part 2” of this training.
  4. On April 16th, we held our Spring Public Child Welfare Dialogue with national expert Ruth Paris to discuss her compassionate, strengths-focused work and research with parent clients who struggle with opioid addiction. 290 people registered for this training, including students, faculty, and community members.