UST Women's History Project


Congratulations to Social Work faculty members Carey Winkler, Jessica Toft, Sarah Ferguson and Mary Ann Brenden, who have been awarded the 2014 UST Women’s History Project grant for their proposal "Women’s Work: Women in Leadership in Social Work.”

Below is a brief description of their project:

As a historically male-orientated institution, the impact of women in leadership at the University of St. Thomas is noteworthy. Traditionally, the profession of social work has had far more women than men in its ranks. However, leadership in social work has been male dominated, with few women serving as agency administrators, professors and deans of schools of social work. The School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas did not follow this trend. Since its inception in the late 1960’s, the Social Work program at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University has been led by women throughout its development from a small undergraduate major to the comprehensive, successful and influential School of Social Work that now offers degrees at the Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctorate levels. The proposed project will document the long held leadership roles that women have played in the School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas through the creation of a video and a companion article focused on the oral histories of three prominent women leaders: Dr. Barbara Shank, Dr. Angeline Barretta-Herman, and Dr. Janice Andrews-Schenk.