UW-Green Bay Social Work Program referenced in article about difficulty of Wisconsin schools to hire social workers | WPR

UW-Green Bay’s Social Work Program was referenced as a Wisconsin university that offers certification for becoming a social worker in Wisconsin. The article discusses how Wisconsin schools are struggling to hire social workers due to some of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s administrative rules. More via Some Wisconsin Schools Are Finding It Difficult To Hire Social Workers To Help Kids | WPR. 

UW-Green Bay sponsors Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

As it has for years, UW-Green Bay is set to play a fundamental role in Saturday’s (Jan. 18, 2020) Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). See photos from last year. The University is a major sponsor for this highly-regarded annual event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon at NWTC’s Student Center. Interim Chancellor Cheryl Van Gruensven will present prizes for grades K-3 in the annual MLK poster, poetry and essay contest. A keynote speaker (Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.), local DJ, t-shirts, cereal drive, photo booth and community service projects will make the 25th annual Brown County MLK Celebration one to remember! A delicious luncheon is served at the program’s end. The event is free and open to the public.

More details are available at: http://browncomlk.org/index.html. Several UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members serve on the MLK event planning committee, including Associate Profs. Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work), Prof. Gaurav Bansal (Business Administration) and Associate Prof. Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration) and Diversity Director Mai Lo Lee (Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs). For more information, please contact Prof. Sallmann (sallmanj@uwgb.edu).

Social Work kicks off the new year with international collaboration

UW-Green Bay’s Social Work Professional Programs in the College of Health, Education, & Social Welfare (CHESW) are ringing in the New Year with an official international agreement with the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. Effective January 1, 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been approved between the two institutions which will allow for student, faculty and staff exchanges between the Master’s of Social Work Program and the Master’s Program in International Social Work and Human Rights in the University of Gothenburg Social Work Department. It is anticipated that two students from each institution would participate in the exchange which is set to kick off in the January 2021 semester. Faculty and staff exchanges are yet to be determined.

This “Scandinavian Interdisciplinary Initiative,” was developed with the support of Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Social Work faculty and staff, the assistance of MSW Program Chair, Prof. Gail Trimberger and Democracy and Justice Studies Associate Prof. Andrew Austin. The initiative emerged from the sabbatical research of Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins (Social Work) who conducted sabbatical research on the social welfare state at the University of Gothenburg in 2018. This initiative will progress with the 2020 sabbatical research of Prof. Austin who has been invited as a faculty scholar in the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg. It is hoped that these efforts, over time, will broaden to other academic units at both UW-Green Bay and the University of Gothenburg. The photo above depicts the final phase of the exchange project with a formal signing of the MOU on December 9. Left to right: Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Provost Michael Alexander, Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins, and Brent Blahnik, director of the Office of International Education.

The University of Gothenburg is the third-oldest of the current Swedish universities with 38,000+ students, 6,000 faculty and staff, and 190+ degree programs. The Department of Social Work hosts 1,400 students in several undergraduate and graduate majors, and holds 130+ faculty and staff. The Social Work department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg, one of the largest in all of the Nordic countries. Gothenburg’s population is approximately 600,000 residents, with a metro area exceeding 1 million.

UW-Green Bay graduate student receives honors achievement of LGBTQ+ advocates and their allies

UW-Green Bay graduate student Isaac Kabacinski (Social Work) is one of 13 honorees of the 2019 Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People, an annual honor given to LGBTQ+ people or their allies who have helped to create a safer and more inclusive climate for LGBTQ+ people. The award celebrates the memory and legacy of Dr. Paula B. Poorman, a highly regarded faculty member at UW-Whitewater dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people. Recipients will be honored on Nov. 7, 2019. The ceremony will be hosted by UW System President Ray Cross, and will be done in conjunction with the 2019 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award ceremony. More information about the award can be found here.

Lecturer Sheng Lee Yang featured in Post Crescent

UW-Green Bay lecturer Sheng Lee Yang (Social Work) was recently profiled in the Appleton Post Crescent. Her story is about her non-profit to improve care for diverse people needing mental health care. Here is an exerpt: “When Soua Lee’s son was 15, his school identified him as at risk for thoughts of suicide. She remembered not knowing how to react — but she didn’t know what questions to ask, what terms to use or how to comfort him. ‘In the Hmong community, they don’t see (depression and suicide) as an illness,'” Soua said. “‘It’s not diagnosed.'” Read the full story, here.

Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption holds first public hearing at UW-Green Bay

A bipartisan group of state representatives hopes to learn more about the barriers that make child adoption challenging in Wisconsin. The committee’s first public hearing was held Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at UW-Green Bay. UW-Green Bay faculty provided feedback.

“Children need their parents. The question is how do we protect a child who may think developmentally that’s my mom even if mom is doing something abusive? They’re not necessarily going to protect themselves, and that becomes our job,” said Joan Groessl, Chair of UW-Green Bay’s Social Work program. See more via Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption holds first public hearing at UW-Green Bay, WBAY.

Alumnus Doug Wirth named to the 2019 Pride Power 100 | CSNY

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues efforts to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Doug Wirth ’89 (Social Work) tells Gay City News that preventive health care should be expanded to reach vulnerable populations. Wirth served on Cuomo’s Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York state by 2020 and was senior health policy adviser to former New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and David Dinkins. In the 1980s, he ran several homeless shelters in the Midwest. Wirth made The 2019 Pride Power 100 | CSNY recognizing New York’s 100 most powerful members of the LGBTQ community.

Video: UW-Green Bay 2018 Alumni Award recipient, Doug Wirth, shares his Phoenix story

Doug Wirth ’89 (Social Work) entered UW-Green Bay feeling good about who he was, but unsure about who he would become. According to Wirth, a degree from UW-Green Bay prepares you well for the world of work. Wirth is the president and CEO of Amida Care, a Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan in New York City. More on Wirth.

Social Work Symposium

Photos: Celebrating Social Work in 2018-19

Student posters, students, community members and faculty/staff filled the Weidner Center foyer on Friday May 10, 2019 to celebrate Master of Social Work (MSW) capstone projects, induction into the Phi Alpha Honor Society, and completion of the Social Work program for 32 Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and 55 MSW students. More than 60 posters were on display illustrating the community issues and Social Work practice models that students have researched and will bring to their agencies when they enter the workforce. Project topics included evidence-based interventions, emerging programming, policy issues impacting inclusivity, funding and access to care.

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Social Work Symposium 2019

– Photos by Daniel Moore, Marketing and University Communications