Social Work student wins Spring 2021 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest

Cheri Branham (Social Work) and her project Technology Literacy Training for Older Adults has won the Spring 2021 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest. Branham pitched her idea in a 90-second video. First prize is $500 cash. Her project, influenced by her grandmother, provides free technology help to older adults at locations such as the ADRC. The teacher/mentors? College students. Branham recently placed first in the 2021 Innovation in Aging competition (see her presentation here) and will be competing May 20, 2021 in the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament. Register to attend.

Prize money was furnished by Dental City’s Competitive Spark Endowment.

See the Spring 2021 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest overview.

  • The second place winner of $400 was John Dyer (Business Administration) and his pitch for his very own Dyer Brewing Company.
  • Third place of $300 went to a team of six students working on Empowerment Through Diversity.
  • Fourth place, and $250, went to the team pitching their Support Local Subscription Box idea.
  • Fifth place, and $200, went to the team with the Healthy Snax Box idea.
  • Sixth place went to COLORSTOP, an idea pitched by a team of MS Management students. They earned $150 cash. COLORSTOP was the third place winner of Innovation in Aging 2021.
  • Seventh place and $125 cash went to eSec, another team of MS Management students. This team recently pitched at The Pitch (https://thepitchfoxcities.com/the-event/2021-st-norbert-college/) at St. Norbert College against teams from Lawrence University, UW 0shkosh, and St. Norbert College.
  • Eighth place, and $75, went to Joe Bezio (Undeclared) who pitched his idea, Flex-Holder.

UW-Green Bay students create podcast highlighting members of the Latino community

See a problem. Solve the problem. See a need. Fill the need. That’s part of the Wisconsin Idea. It’s also what drove three compassionate, UW–Green Bay students to start a podcast highlighting members of Northeast Wisconsin’s Latino community. Kelly Lamas (Spanish, Social Work), Mario Huarota (Spanish Education) and Kory Brunette (Spanish) told an NBC26 reporter that they were allowed to “create what we thought would be best for our school and our goals and our mission for this project and spread awareness to the community.”

They say this podcast allows them to both practice their Spanish comprehension and showcase real people in their community that may be otherwise overlooked. To date, the students have interviewed members of the community who are bilingual therapists, DACA recipients, restaurant owners, and others.

Assistant Prof. Mario Jimenez Chacon (Humanities) is the faculty member who proposed the idea. As the project is not tied to a particular class, but the Spanish program, he hopes it will continue into the future as a long-term digital humanities project.

You can listen to the podcast, here.

UW-Green Bay Social Work Students Attend Anti-Racism Virtual Summit

The Social Work Professional Programs became a bronze sponsor of SW Helper’s Anti-Racism Virtual Summit held during spring break. Forty social work students and additional faculty members spent the three days during spring break attending a series of sessions focused on anti-racism, advocacy, and support for communities of people of color. As a program, Social Work has a goal of developing leaders in social work advocacy for people across all identities. The emphasis of the Summit is another step in UW-Green Bay Social Work’s efforts to promote social justice in a diverse and evolving world by engaging in strengths-based generalist practice that elevates human and community well-being. The faculty plans to offer a summit of their own for students and community partners in summer 2022.

BSW application deadline approaching

Interested in majoring in social work? Apply now. The social work major, which results in a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, operates in a cohort model. Each fall a new group of students starts the major. The application deadline for the Fall 2021 cohort is 4 p.m. on Monday, March 22, 2021. To guarantee your application is reviewed, all application requirements must be submitted by that time. To read more about the application process and access the application, please go to: https://www.uwgb.edu/social-work/bsw-program/admissions-procedures/. Questions? Please contact socialwork@uwgb.edu.

UW-Green Bay graduate Josh Andreini featured as ‘Hometown Hero’

UW-Green Bay alumnus Josh Andreini ’17 (Master’s of Social Work) was recently featured as a Hometown Hero by WFRV-TV.

“Appleton’s Josh Andreini needed a sense of purpose when he decided to join the U.S. Army in 2007. “I didn’t have a lot of direction or discipline in my life, and that’s where I really turned to look into joining the military,” Andreini said. It was when United States was increasing it’s troop involvement in Iraq, that Andreini decided to enlist in the Army.

“I thought maybe someday there could be a draft or maybe my neighbors, my friends, other people would have to be called to serve, and so if I could volunteer and serve my country maybe that’s one less neighbor or buddy or friend who had to go do that,” he said.

Source: Hometown Hero: Josh Andreini joined U.S. Army in search of purpose, later found his passion | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Faculty note: Prof. Akakpo publication

Associate Professor Akakpo (Social Work and Global Studies) and Assistant Professor and Associate Dean Adrianne Fletcher (Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Social Work) have published a jointly authored article “We Can Do Better: Mitigating Negatively Racialized Attitudes in Child Welfare through Self-awareness Training.” in the Child Welfare League Journal.  The study focuses on social worker attitudes toward caregiver race, which is a known influence in the removal of children who are African American from their biological home into foster care, and on how attitudes about race can be altered through the educational, self-awareness experience called Knowing Your Lens-Cultural Humility Awareness Training (KY-CHAT). This focus is significant because children who are African American continue to be removed from their homes at rates disproportionate to their percentage in the population. The importance of the article was highlighted by editor “Black and Brown Children’s and Familied Live Matter: Addressing racial bias and oppressive policies and practice in the U.S. Child welfare system.”

 

Francis Akakpo Advising

UW-Green Bay Master of Social Work (MSW) program expands to Wausau

The UW-Green Bay Social Work Professional Program is pleased to announce it has received the Higher Learning Commissions (HLC) approval to offer its Master of Social Work (MSW) program in central Wisconsin. Through a generous and unique partnership with UW-Stevens Point, the MSW Program—classes and advising—will be offered at the UW-Stevens Point-Wausau campus. This additional location will allow current and future social workers living and working in central Wisconsin counties to access an MSW degree without the burden of traveling to Green Bay for in-person courses. The MSW Program will offer the same curriculum and areas of emphasis in the Wausau location as that of Green Bay, including the school social work certificate and the child welfare stipend. Leaders of the MSW Program anticipate accepting applications for the Wausau location in January of 2021 for the 2021-22 academic year. Learn more about the Master of Social Work program.

MSW degree applications are now open

The admission cycle for UW-Green Bay’s Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree is now open and accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. An MSW degree provides a significant opportunity for graduate students seeking a career in human services. The program prepares students for advanced level professional practice applicable to a wide range of positions in human services, with a special emphasis on multi-cultural practice, social justice, leadership, and advocacy. To learn more about the program, check out the UW-Green Bay MSW Program website, https://www.uwgb.edu/msw/

To schedule a personal advising session, https://www.uwgb.edu/msw/admissions/contact-us/

Virtual or telephone advising meetings are available, upon request, every Tuesday between the hours of 8:00am and 5:30pm through the end of November.

If you would like to schedule a personal advising appointment to discuss the MSW Program, please email Dr. Gail Trimberger, trimberg@uwgb.edu, with your telephone number and available times on any of the following Tuesdays.

  • October 6, 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24

 

 

MSW Program Admission Cycle Now Open

The admission cycle for the Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from UW-Green Bay is now open and accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. A MSW degree from UW-Green Bay provides a significant opportunity for graduate students seeking a career in the human services. The program prepares students for advanced level professional practice applicable to a wide range of positions in the human services, with a special emphasis on multi-cultural practice, social justice, leadership, and advocacy. To learn more about the program, check out the UW-Green Bay MSW Program website. Or, schedule a personal advising session. Please share with anyone interested!