Message from the Dean
theme for this year’s scholarship breakfast— social work as social innovation —
could not be timelier in today’s increasingly interconnected and complex world.
But what exactly is social innovation,
and why does it resonate so deeply with our mission?
Historical sources of
financial support have diminished, and traditional methods of translating
research into real world results often take years or even decades. The urgency
of emerging social problems requires an innovative model for social change. We need to harness broad cross-sector support that connects
social work expertise with business acumen, grass roots nonprofits and philanthropic
Social workers are uniquely prepared for this kind of bold collaborative action.
They know how to raise awareness of emerging problems, leverage local
resources, work in marginalized communities, and evaluate results to ensure meaningful
and sustainable change.
I hope you will join with me this year in supporting our 3rd Annual Scholarship Breakfast. Your generosity makes it possible for us to educate the next generation
of groundbreaking social innovators.
Professor and Ballmer Endowed Dean in Social Work
In the spotlight
Student organization recognized
for outstanding work with homeless women
The 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Volunteer Award
goes to the School’s Organization of Student Social Workers (OSSW). Sponsored
by the Health Sciences Administration and UW Medical Center, the award
memorializes Dr. King’s principles of empowering all individuals and serving low-income
communities. This year, our undergraduates mounted an impressive effort to lift
up the lives of women in a local shelter with carefully selected clothing and
homemade desserts. Their work focused on respecting the women's dignity while making a difference in their lives.
Jill Dziko (MSW '94) helps families from start to finish with adoption process
Jill Dziko, mother of three adopted children, has opened her own adoption agency near her home on Vashon Island, Wash. Overwhelmed by information and red tape during her first domestic adoption,
Jill committed herself to making the process easier for prospective parents.
Today, her licensed nonprofit agency guides and supports couples from start to finish
when adopting.Your Adoptive Family strongly encourages an open outlook that promotes
diversity when building a new family. Jilll, who focused on social work management while at the University, says: "My first love has always been working with kids."
Sarina Behar Natkin's (MSW '02) new nonprofit focuses
on parent education
Sarina Behar Natkin joined forces with friend and colleague Melissa
Benaroya to establish Grow Parenting, a family-education, parent-coaching and
public-education nonprofit. Both Sarina and Melissa share a passion
for providing parents with the skills needed to raise confident and capable
children. In addition to one-on-one support for individual families, the two
certified professionals teach classes on positive discipline, child development
and self-care for moms.
Erika Giles (MSW '75) wins
nonfiction literary award
Erika Giles of Mercer Island, Wash., won the 2011 John Guyon
Literary Nonfiction for her essay “Flight from Hungary.” The annual competition is sponsored by the
Crab Orchard Review, published by the University of Illinois at Carbondale.
Williams awarded Hartford dissertation fellowship
Graduate student Mark Williams is one of only twelve doctoral
fellows nationwide to receive $25,000 a year for up to two years through the
Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative. The funds will support his dissertation
and research on social work and aging. Mark is one of several outstanding doctoral students recognized for their achievements in 2011.
2012 distinguished alumni award — call for nominations
year the School spotlights a remarkable graduate with the School of
Social Work Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna award. Now is your chance to nominate our 2012 award
winner for his or her outstanding and innovative contribution to the social
work profession. Find out more about the award criteria and how to submit your
choice. The deadline for nominations is
April 18, 2012.
In the news
School of Social Work tops UW professional schools in minority enrollment
A recently released UW Graduate School report on diversity
shows a distinct gap in undergraduate and graduate school enrollment with one
exception, the School of Social Work. "The
University has a very diverse undergraduate population, but our graduate
students and faculty are not very diverse at all,” says Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange,
vice president for minority affairs and vice provost for diversity at the
Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity.
The School of Social Work was the only exception to the rule. The
average across all UW schools and colleges is 22.8 percent for minority enrollment as
compared to the School’s 40.6 percent
enrollment. Lange attributes the lack of greater diversity among our graduate
schools to a scarcity of generous fellowships that other universities
offer. Read The Daily’s full story.
continues the conversation on joyful aging
School lecturer, distinguished alumna and noted author Wendy Lustbader was a recent
guest on KUOW Weekday to discuss her book Life
Gets Better, which refutes the myth that life loses its luster when we age.
Quite the contrary, contends Lustbader; as relationships deepen, life grows
richer. "Intimacy is where the action is,” says the author in her radio spot. Hear
the full conversation or order the book online.
pens Seattle Times opinion piece on
sales tax hike
Most argue that an increase in the sales tax
is regressive and hurts the poor more than the rich. The School’s Diana Pearce
argues that the tax hike may not be such a bad idea when you take a look how
spending patterns of low- and higher-income people differ. Read all about about her surprising take on
the proposed legislation.
March is National
Social Work Month with message of why social work matters
National Social Work month is a great opportunity to build
awareness about the work we do and why we do it. Visit the
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) website for topics, toolkits,
messages and more to celebrate this annual recognition event. This year’s theme, Why Social
Work Matters, features local, national and global examples of how
social work has transformed individual, families and communities in eight core
areas ranging from nonprofit management and heath care to youth development and
Connie Ballmer, POC co-founder, is keynote for 2012 scholarship breakfast
The excitement around this year's School’s annual
scholarship breakfast on March 13 demonstrates the commitment of our community to the
future of our talented and dedicated students. Keynote speaker Connie Ballmer,
co-founder of Partners for Our Children, will highlight how social innovation is
critical to solving persistent social problems in today’s complex world.
Marcia Meyers and Ken
Weinberg on causes of Seattle poverty, April 3
Coast Poverty Center director and professor Marcia Meyers joins Ken Weinberg (MSW '77), CEO of Jewish Family Services of Seattle, to discuss why poverty
persists in an economic powerhouse such as Seattle and the actions needed to eradicate income inequality. Early registration is
recommended for this event, sponsored by the Jackson School of Public Affairs
and held at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union at 7:30 p.m.
Esteemed social work educator, Dr. Lawrence Shulman, to lead three learning opportunities
Lawrence Shulman, retired professor and former dean at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, will lead three life-long learning opportunities as part of the Henry W. Maier Practitioner-in-Residence Program. They include a keynote address, Science and Art in Social Work Practice, on April 26; practicum training, The Dynamics and Skills of Field Instruction, on April 27; and a student workshop, Working with the Hard-to-Reach Individual, Family and Group, on April 28. All events are open to the School of Social Work community. Please contact Jennifer Maglalang for registration information and program details.
Gifts and giving
Diane Morrison makes gift in memory of her mother
Marie Morrison, the mother of professor Diane Morrison,
passed away in August, 2010. Diane remembers her single mother as a devoted and untiring champion of her children, community and the power of education. Marie’s legacy of family commitment and community
engagement will live on in a gift from Diane to the School’s vibrant partnership
with Cambodia’s Royal University in Phnom Penh (RUPP).