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100th Anniversary Celebration

The University of Minnesota School of Social Work is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016-2017, and we want you to join us!

Events to Come—2017

August 22 & 23

CEUs on a Stick 2017

For the 11th consecutive year, CEUs on a Stick will offer two days of morning and afternoon workshops that cover a variety of topics taught by experts from our faculty and community. Details and registration information.

September 21

Community Practice Reception/Open House

Community Practice Reception/Open House in the Peters Hall Courtyard, 4-7 p.m.
To celebrate the SSW’s 100th anniversary and community practice contributions, as well as to connect the local CP community (alumni, current students, CP agencies & field instructors, etc.)

October 6

Continuing Education Workshops Celebrating the Work of Our Ph.D. Alumni

These afternoon workshops will be presented by four of our Ph.D. alumni whose research makes direct connections to practicing professional social workers and youth workers. Registration information coming soon.

Social Work Educators and Field Instructors Celebration

4:45–6:30 p.m., Paul Whitney Larson Art Gallery, St. Paul Student Center. Watch for your invitation!

October 7

100th Anniversary Gala Celebration

The schedule for this celebration at the McNamara Alumni Center on the East Bank campus:

Informal reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
Welcome and introduction of SSW Director, Dr. John Bricout
Closing remarks

We will continue to add details as well as information about cost and registration as they become available. To ensure you receive further information, sign up for our 100th Anniversary events contact list.

Events to Date


August 23

Kickoff Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Peters Hall courtyard

Our year-long celebration kicks off with a free lunch! Plan to join the school's faculty, staff, alumni and friends from noon to 1 p.m. in the Peters Hall courtyard. Music will be provided by Steve Maxwell’s band Stealin’ Home. (Steve is the former director of MSW field education.

August 23 and 24

CEUs on a Stick

For the 10th consecutive year, CEUs on a Stick will offer two days of morning and afternoon workshops that cover a variety of topics taught by experts from our faculty and community.

September 16

Conversations with the Community

Title: Conversations with the College: Diversity and Equity Efforts in CEHD and You

Na'im Madyun is the associate dean for Undergraduate Programs, Diversity and Outreach in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. In this role, Madyun is responsible for the quality of undergraduate programming as well CEHD's presence in diversity and equity efforts.

September 24


SSW will have a team in NAMIWalks, which raises funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

October 14

Conversations with the Community, Hennepin County Child Protection Services

A team of social workers from Hennepin County child protection services be our guests.

November 3–6

Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting

The anniversary celebration will receive some national attention when the school hosts a special reception at the CSWE meeting in Atlanta, GA.

November 18

Conversations with the Community: The Importance of Adoption-Informed Support: The MN ADOPT HELP Program

Presenter: Emily Alewine, M.S.W., LISW

Since 1980, MN ADOPT’s mission has been to promote and support successful adoptions for all Minnesota children and families. The HELP Program is an innovative initiative MN ADOPT developed with funding from the MN Department of Human Services to provide post adoption clinical support and resource linkage assistance to the Minnesota adoption community.


February 10

Conversations with the Community, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis

Ruth Paley, MSSW, LICSW, clinical services director, will talk about how the agency was founded more than 100 years ago on values that still dictate its work and its relevancy today as it provides essential services to both Jewish and general communities.

March 3

Conversations with the Community: Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

A disproportionate number of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ), so four nonprofits (Avenues for Homeless Youth, The Link, RECLAIM!, and Point Source Youth) formed ConneQT to address the issue in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Their innovative project focuses on three interventions: individual therapy, short-term host home, and rapid rehousing. Presenters are Ryan Berg, ConneQT program manager, and Kelly Brazil, case manager.

April 21

Conversations with the Community: Wilder Foundation's Asian Services

Responding to the large and growing population of Hmong, Vietnamese, Cambodian and other Southeast Asian residents, this Wilder program combines western mental health with traditional healing methods to provide culturally appropriate mental health services.