UW School of Social Work E-news
Winter 2009

In the Spotlight

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson Receives MLK
Community Volunteer Award
On Jan. 15, Karen Johnson, admissions program coordinator in the School of Social Work, received a Martin Luther King Jr. Community Volunteer Recognition Award at the University's annual celebration of Dr. King’s life of service. Every year one recipient is selected from each of the UW Health Sciences schools. Johnson has worked at the SSW for nearly 20 years. Read more ...

Perry Wien

Help Put an Alum in the Spotlight
Do you know of an alumnus/alumna who deserves recognition for his or her significant contributions to the field of social work? If so, please nominate the alum for the University of Washington School of Social Work’s Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award 2009! Read more ...


Erika Hagensen

Erika Hagensen Wins OMB Watch Award
Erika Hagensen, MSW '06, MPHc, has received a Rising Star Public Interest Award from the OMB Watch, a nonprofit organization promoting open government, accountability, and citizen participation, for her effective advocacy for disability rights. Read more ...

Leana Pastores

Leana Pastores Empowers Teen Girls
Leana Pastores, BASW '07, MSW '08, who trains teen peer advocates at the Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS), speaks about the program in a recent Seattle Times article illustrating the outcomes of her work. Read more about this exemplary alum.

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Of Note

Purpose & Possibility

'Purpose & Possibility' Is Theme
for 2009 Social Work Month

NASW describes the thought behind the theme for Social Work month in March:

“Social Work: Purpose and Possibility defines the social work profession. People who become social workers do so because they seek a purpose for their career, and recognize that there are many different paths where a social work degree might lead. Social workers have the unique training and education to see the purpose and possibility in the lives of those they serve.”

Keep an eye on the SSW events calendar for upcoming news about Social Work Month activities here at our school.

Our 75th Anniversary Celebration Is Coming!
Planning for the school’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2009-10 is well under way. Expect special events, lectures and other celebrations to observe this important landmark. If you’d like to participate in the planning, please contact Jee Young Kim, assistant director for advancement, at jeeykim@u.washington.edu or call 206-543-7704.

Stay tuned for upcoming news about the celebration in E-news, invitations and on our Web site, which will include a link to a site devoted exclusively to the annniversary.



Students and Alums Reflect on the School of Social Work

Karen Hope Bancroft
The School of Social Work has shaped me into a more stable and responsible person. It demands that I open my mind to new ways of thinking. It has shown me a door out of homelessness and into a new beginning.
Karen Hope Bancroft, doctoral student. Read more ...

Kevin Kawamoto
On many occasions I thought, “Where else would I be able to find a gathering of people in any one place who are so committed to social justice?” I felt I had discovered my spiritual tribe. When I began specializing in multigenerational social work, I also discovered a gold mine of expertise in the school.Kevin Kawamoto, MSW ’06. Read more ...

Share Your Good News

Please send word about your professional activities and accomplishments, an award, a new job, or other news you'd like to share with the School of Social Work community in the next issue of E-news. Just e-mail your news to jeanjp@u.washington.edu.

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