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Fall 2008

A Welcome from the Dean

Dean Edwina Uehara
Edwina Uehara

Greetings from the School of Social Work! Another exciting and productive year is well under way. We were especially pleased this fall to receive a prestigious national award for academic excellence in providing innovative programs to strengthen services to children and families. This is just one arena in which the School excels and why we continue to rank among the top schools of social work in the nation. Read more ...

In the Spotlight

Zynovia Hetherington with award

School of Social Work Cited
for Academic Excellence
The School of Social Work has won the American Public Human Services Association's 2008 Academic Excellence Award. Leadership in the Partners for Our Children program and the contributions of the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program were cited as specific examples of the School's achievements. Read more ...


Angenie McCleary Is New County Commissioner
At 31, she's Idaho's youngest county commissioner. So how did Angenie McCleary, MSW ’07, get where she is today? “A social work education gives you appropriate skills ... to handle crises and resolve conflicts,” she said. Read more ...

Marlinda Quintana-Jefferson

NASW Publication Shines Light on Marlinda Quintana-Jefferson
Marlinda Quintana-Jefferson, BASW ’80, MSW ’86, (Ph.D., Barry University), one of several outstanding Hispanic social workers featured in a recent NASW publication, was asked to discuss why she chose the profession and the challenges she's encountered. Read about her fascinating career.


Mark Courtney

Fall Lecture: Improving Outcomes for Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood
Nov. 13, 5:30-7:45 p.m.; UW Club
Lecturer Mark Courtney, executive director of Partners for Our Children and Ballmer Endowed Chair for Child Well-Being in the School of Social Work, will present lessons from his more than 20 years of research on the transition of foster youth to adulthood. More details ...

Jennifer Stuber

Seminar Series Explores Tobacco Use
Smoking and Socioeconomic Status: What Explains the Relationship

March 11, 2009; School of Social Work Commons, Room 305
Jennifer Stuber, SSW assistant professor, is among the presenters during this yearlong series of seminars, "Health Disparities: The Case of Tobacco." The series is offered as a one-credit elective that Stuber teaches, but everyone is welcome to attend the seminars. More details ...

Taryn Lindhorst

West Coast Poverty Center Seminar Series: Poverty and Public Policy
Dec. 1; Taryn Lindhorst, presenter

WCPC’s fall seminar series brings prominent national and local faculty to the UW campus to present cutting-edge research on poverty and public policy. SSW Associate Professor Taryn Lindhorst will address implementing domestic violence policies in the public welfare office. More details ...

In the News

Allison Armstrong, MSW student in the School of Social Work, writes about King County's proposed Mental Health and Drug Dependency Action Plan and advocates for improved mental health care services for all in this letter to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. (Note: Scroll down to "Social Services.")

So Young Chung, MSW ’02, is a program director at the Center for Urban and Community Services, a social services organization in New York City.

Erika Hansen, MSW ’06, was honored by OMB Watch, a watchdog on the federal Office of Management and Budget, in September. She was recognized as one of five Public Interest Rising Stars during the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C.

Read about more newsmakers from the School ...

Of Note

Get Ready for Our 75th Anniversary!
We invite you to participate in the School’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2009-10. This celebration begins in Fall 2009, but we’ll be sending more information long before then. Read more ...

Dalin Meng & Len Montiel

New Department of Social Work
Opens in Cambodia

With SSW-educated faculty, a new Department of Social Work at the Royal University of Phnom Phen (RUPP) welcomed its first cohort of students this fall. It is the only program of its kind in Cambodia. Read more ...

Extended Degree Program Invites Your Inquiries
The School of Social Work’s flexible and accommodating MSW Extended Degree Program recently published a brochure introducing the program. It explains the option to earn an MSW in the evenings or on weekends. Read more ...


Alums Reflect on the School of Social Work

Donna LaFrance
My experience at the UW School of Social Work has been an amazing adventure. ... I’m now in a strong position to make a significant difference in the lives of children and families and advocate for those experiencing marginalization and discrimination.Donna LaFrance, MSW Extended Degree Program ’08. Read more ...

Nicole Aquilar
Having transferred from a human services program at a small school, I was amazed by the endless opportunities that the School of Social Work offers. Because faculty and staff are experienced in the field and continue to serve in their communities, students have an abundance of available resources and mentors.Nicole Brittney Aguilar, BASW ’08. Read more ...

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