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M.S.W. Grad Partners with Community to Study Sex Trafficking Concerns

Since graduating with a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work in 2015, Christina Melander has worked as a research fellow at Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) to identify sex trafficking trends throughout Minnesota. She hopes to expand her work to lead independent research … Continue reading M.S.W. Grad Partners with Community to Study Sex Trafficking Concerns

Marion Barber Jr., Gophers Hall-of-Fame running back, earns his degree at age 57

Marion Barber Jr. is persistent. As an All-Big Ten running back for the Golden Gophers football team in the late 1970s, Barber was a record-setting player. In 2017, at age 57, Barber’s determination off the field culminated May 11 when he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota as part of the commencement … Continue reading Marion Barber Jr., Gophers Hall-of-Fame running back, earns his degree at age 57

M.S.W. graduate named 2017 Bush Fellow

Brenda Hartman (M.S.W. ’89), a St. Paul therapist who provides counseling to adolescents, adults, and couples, was named a 2017 Bush Fellow this week. She and 23 other people were selected from nearly 650 applications for the fellowships. Applicants described their leadership vision and how a Bush Fellowship would both help them achieve their goals … Continue reading M.S.W. graduate named 2017 Bush Fellow

Audit by Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking has big impact on St. Paul police-community relations

Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking played a big role in audit, community meetings that resulted in removal of officers from police-civilian review board.
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School of Social Work December 2016 Research E-Newsletter

New Faculty Member Waid Working to Prevent Need for Foster Care Jeffrey Waid, who joined the School of Social Work as an assistant professor this fall, began his journey into social work as a child welfare caseworker. Working with families in their communities, he sought to prevent the recurrence of child maltreatment and placement of … Continue reading School of Social Work December 2016 Research E-Newsletter

SSW Outlook Fall 2016 magazine available online

The Fall 2016 Outlook features articles about our 100th anniversary, some of our retirees and the Pet Away Worry and Stress program. We hope you enjoy reading it.

MNCAMH director’s work featured in news

Those with schizophrenia are underserved, and that the access to mental health treatment is something that isn't talked about enough.
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Gao receives Grant-in-Aid for research on Smartphone Exercise Apps for breast cancer survivors

Zan Gao, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab, was recently awarded a research grant totaling $47,620 from the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research for his work on Smartphone Exercise Apps. He will be collaborating with Dr. Hee Yun Lee from … Continue reading Gao receives Grant-in-Aid for research on Smartphone Exercise Apps for breast cancer survivors

Hollister wins President’s Award for Outstanding Service

David Hollister, professor in the School of Social Work, is one of 12 people at the U of M to be awarded the 2016 President’s Award for Outstanding Service. The award recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of … Continue reading Hollister wins President’s Award for Outstanding Service

Social work student earns Outstanding Community Service Award

School of Social Work doctoral student Tanya Bailey recently won the U of M Outstanding Community Service Award, the highest honor given to a student for service to the University and community. She received the award at a ceremony on March 31. Bailey established the PAWS (Pet Away Worry  & Stress) program, which involves over … Continue reading Social work student earns Outstanding Community Service Award


Join the SSW Team for NAMI Walks

September 23, 2017
12:00 PM

Please join our SSW team for a day of fun to support a great cause. SSW is sponsoring a team of walkers at the annual NAMI Walks fundraising event. The walk enables NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to raise the public's awareness of mental illness and to break down the stigmas surrounding it. The walk begins at 1 p.m. at Minnehaha Park, but the SSW team will meet around noon in front of the outdoor stage. Bring partners, kids, dogs, etc. All are welcome. Join our team or contribute to our walkers . Our fundraising goal is $3000.

Is Health Social Work at a Crossroads?

September 27, 2017
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Is Health Social Work at a Crossroads? Education and Practice for Social Work in Health Care
Join us for an interactive discussion on this timely, provocative, and important topic
Keynote speaker: 
Barbara F. Brandt, Ph.D.
Dr. Brandt is the director of the NEXUS: National Center for Inter-professional Practice and Education ( at the University of Minnesota. 
Community experts: 
A panel of community experts will comment on Dr. Brandt’s remarks, and help us engage in a lively dialogue about the future of social work practice in health care in our state:
Melanie Heu, LICSW, LADC, Former Clinical Director, Pangea Care Behavioral Health Services
Nora Wallin, M.S.W., LGSW, Supervisor- Medical Social Worker, Essentia Health, 
St. Mary’s Medical Center 
Stacy S. Remke, LICSW, ACHP-SW,  Senior Teaching Specialist at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, Board Member of the Social Workers in Hospice and Palliative Care Network
2 free continuing education units to those in full attendance
Space is limited, so reserve your seat today!


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

October 6, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

These afternoon workshops will be presented by four of School of Social Work Ph.D. alumni whose research makes direct connections to practicing professional social workers and youth workers.

The presenters and their topics are:

  • Valandra, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW, Assistant Professor and Program Director of African & African American Studies, University of Arkansas: The Use of Culturally-Responsive Assessment Approaches in Work with African American Families Experiencing Poly-victimization.
  • Jennifer Simmelink McCleary, Ph.D., LMSW, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth, Department of Social Work: Ethical Frameworks for Social Work Practice with Muslim and Arab Refugees.
  • Annette Semanchin Jones, Ph.D., M.S.W., Assistant Professor University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Social Work: Promoting Well-being and Relational Permanence in Child Welfare.
  • Iris PrettyPaint, Ph.D., M.S.W., Vice President for Indigenous Knowledge Transfer, Kauffman & Associates, Inc.: Best Practice in Community Based Indigenous Research on Trauma and Resilience.

Find out more and register for the workshops.

School of Social Work 100th Anniversary Gala

October 7, 2017
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The School of Social Work is holding a gala to celebrate our 100th anniversary! The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres, followed by a buffet dinner. The program will include a discussion about social justice facilitated  by Tavis Smiley, with a panel comprised of Sheldon Danziger, Alan Dettlaff, Michelle Fine, Winona LaDuke, and Representative Ilhan Omar. Cost is $40; parking is complimentary. Come and help us celebrate! Register for the gala.

U of M Job & Internship Fair 2018

February 26, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Students: For all undergraduate and graduate U of M students. It's the largest career fair in MN with 300+ employers. Great for students who would like to explore a variety of industries. Register on GoldPASS

Employers: Visit to register.