Welcome alumni and friends!

Message from director John Bricout

Dear alumni and friends of the school of social work,

Welcome! Let this new publication, and these new pages serve as connections to your past, as well as a springboard to new relationships. It is said that if you want to learn something about a person, look at the circle of friends. You—our friends and alumni—make us look very good. We count ourselves fortunate to have a circle of supporters that is by all accounts generous, caring and committed to living out the values of our School: equity, diversity, social justice, and a passion for promoting human rights while mitigating human suffering.

The circle you form around us creates a space where our students can learn, challenge themselves, stretch and contribute in the presence of fine role models, advocates and supporters. That circle can also be a place where you can make new connections, and as a circle looking outward as well as inward, take in new sights and grow alike. I will be glad to meet you, please do reach out as well.

John Bricout, director and professor

SSW alumni
Clockwise from top left: PhD grads 2011; Youth Studies grads 2017; YDL grads 2015; MSW grads 2014

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We are looking for alumni to be ambassadors for our school! There are many ways to be engaged as an ambassador:

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  • Participate in panels, presentations, information sessions, events, etc.

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SSW alumni spotlight

Read what these alumni and students are up to!

Katie Schoeppner

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MSW alum

Trumanue Lindsey

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YDL alum

Lindsay Walz

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YDL alum

Payton Jordahl

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YDL current student

Erin Sugrue

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PhD alum

Salma Hussein

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Youth Studies and MSW alum

Continuing education discounts for alumni

Alumni of the University of MN School of Social Work receive a 10% discount to classes offered through our Continuing Education program, which provides three certificates (Supervision in Social Work, Interdisciplinary Trauma Studies, and Trauma-Effective Leadership Certificates) and over 45 one and two-day classes each year. More information regarding our certificates and classes can be found at our website. Please email Kayla Simmel, Program Manager, at ceseries@umn.edu for information on receiving your alumni discount.

Alumni News

MSW Alumna Brenda Hartman is using her Bush Fellowship to write a curriculum to help health professionals talk about death with their patients. Read more.

Angie Hirsch, American Indian Mental Health Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is Social Work Alumni of the Year. Read more.

YDL graduate Jenny Collins, Executive Director of University YMCA, is spotlighted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Read more.

Alumni Events

MSW Alumni Career Panel Recording Available
Alumni of the Master's of Social Work program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities participated in a career panel in November 2018. The panelists, Tracy Crudo, manager of the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System for the Child Safety and Permanency Division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services; Christina Gonzalez, director of Student Support Services at Richfield Public Schools; Michelle Ness, executive director of PRISM, a nonprofit social service agency in Golden Valley, and Angela Lewis-Dmello, Family Services director at CornerHouse in St. Paul, shared what they have learned from their years of experience recruiting, interviewing, and hiring social workers. Watch the one-hour presentation.

CEHD Alumni–Graduate Student Networking Event
Heidi Presslein, senior teaching specialist and MSW field coordinator, took part in the CEHD Alumni & Graduate Students Networking Reception & Panelist Event on September 27. The topic was Balancing Career and Family Life. MSW graduate Anna Lifson, is vice president of the CEHD Alumni Society Board that organized the event.