UW School of Social Work E-news
October 2010

A Welcome from the Dean

Dean Edwina Uehara
Edwina Uehara

This year we look forward to sharing information with you about the ways our students and faculty are connecting with others to solve persistent and pressing social problems. Our Annual Report (formerly known as The Forum alumni magazine), will feature some of the groundbreaking work under way in the School of Social Work community. More...

In the Spotlight

Roberto Maestas

Remembering Roberto Maestas
Roberto Maestas, one of Seattle's earliest social justice organizers and founder of El Centro de la Raza, passed away on Sept, 22 at age 72. Perhaps best known as one of the "Four Amigos," a multiracial alliance of Larry Gossett, Bob Santos and the late Bernie Whitebear, Roberto’s grassroots activism had helped shape Seattle since the 1970s. More...


Ashlei Brooks

MSW Grad Tries Social Work Abroad
After completing her MSW in 2005, Ashlei Brooks (now a Social Worker at Children’s Hospital) seized an opportunity to work in the field and gain a different perspective on social work. She took a job in England working with children with disabilities. More...

In the News

See which alums, faculty and SSW students are making news.

Community Engagement

Field Education Update
Prior to the beginning of the school year, field instructors and professors came together at the 2010 Field Education Kickoff to share information and discuss new ways to integrate learning opportunities for students between the classroom and practicum. More...

SSW Community Spoke ... and We Heard You!
In response to requests from Social Work students, faculty, staff, alumni and other visitors, the Social Work Building will now be secured outside of normal business hours, providing an extra measure of security for our constituents. More...


Faculty Lecture Series
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Learning to Be Illegal: Undocumented Youth and the Confusing and Contradictory Routes to Adulthood

Assistant Professor Roberto Gonzales will talk about what happens to the children of undocumented immigrants who, upon turning 18, suddenly lose their services and protections. Admission is free but RSVP is requested.

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. Send e-mail: sswalum@u.washington.edu.

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Pride Point

In the latest world university rankings by The Times of London the University of Washington ranks 23rd worldwide and fourth among U.S. public universities. What does this mean for you?

Upcoming Events

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