2017 Field Practice Institute Summit focused on social justice in action, “Creating Pathways to a Diverse Workforce."
Dr. Katharine Hill's classes put policy into practice
Ikram Koliso BSW '17, one of six Valedictorians in this year's graduating class, earned a standing ovation from the audience for her commencement speech at the St. Catherine University College for Women ceremony Sunday
Carol Kuechler was commended for serving as the first program director of the Doctor of Social Work program that was launched in 2014...
...professor emeriti honors were bestowed on Mary Ann Brenden...Brenden was honored as a passionate teacher who prepares students for engaged, ethical citizenship and participation in the profession, community, and world with an emphasis on social justice.
Dr. Barbara Shank, who is retiring as dean of the School of Social Work at St. Thomas and St. Catherine, received the St. Thomas Distinguished Service Award Saturday at graduate commencement exercises.
The Newsroom kicks off its series of stories about seniors and their plans for after graduation with Hannah Rudkin, a social work major with a Spanish minor, who plans to put both areas of her study to use as full-time international volunteer at NPH Mexico.
Congratulations to MSW alumna Carmeann Foster, MSW/JD ’12, 2017 recipient of St. Catherine University’s prestigious Rising Star Award!
Ikram, a Social Work HEALS scholar and member of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, received the Mary E. McCahill Award, which is presented annually to a senior who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership, academic excellence, loyalty and service to the University. Congratulations Ikram!
Michelle Mullowney shares students' perspectives on anti-sex trafficking advocate Rachel Lloyd's visit as St. Kate's 2017 Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Distinguished Visiting Scholar, April 4 & 5
Dr. Carvalho currently serves as executive adviser to the president at the University of St. Thomas. She is also the proud parent of a St. Kate's - St. Thomas BSW graduate.
Anti-trafficking advocate Rachel Lloyd discussed the root causes of human trafficking and how to address them in a riveting lecture that concluded the 2017 Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Distinguished Scholar in Residence program. The SSW was proud to coordinate Rachel's visit and promote her message of support for ALL social justice issues and services that support vulnerable communities.
The University of St. Thomas has received the distinctive honor of being named a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, a global consortium working to inspire a culture of social innovation in higher education. St. Thomas becomes the first in MN and the 40th Changemaker Campus in the consortium.
Yesterday, Dean Barbara Shank announced her intention to step down as Dean at the end of the spring semester. We hope you will join us in congratulating her and wishing her the best in her “retirement” (because we all know she will continue to contribute to the School and the profession for many, many years to come)!
Shaunequa James ’17 is one of two St. Kate's students selected for the Minnesota Capitol Pathways internship, aimed at diversifying state policymaking. The social work major was paired with NAMI-MN for the internship.
Brenden’s story, illustrated by numerous photos, was produced by St. Catherine University and proceeds from the book will support preservation of the Chapel. Learn more and order the book at the Chapel book site.
Emily Titus BSW '16, with the help of associate professor Ande Nesmith and a Collaborative Inquiry Grant, set out to find an answer. She outlined the barriers for refugees and how they can be overcome.
Rebecca has been employed with BSU since 2014 as a fixed-term faculty member and prior to that served as an Adjunct since 2010. As Assistant Professor of Social Work she will serve as the Director of Field Education and teach macro social work practice courses.
Susan Schmidt, DSW class of 2017, has accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work at Luther College in Iowa. Congratulations Susan!
MSW alumnae Emily Alewine ’08 and Rachel Walstad ’93, work for MN Adopt, a St. Paul-based organization that provides support services for adoptive families of all kinds in MN. These days, Walstad (MN Adopt’s executive director) and Alewine (MN Adopt’s HELP program manager and clinical specialist) are changing their organization’s way of operating. In recent years MN Adopt has expanded beyond its original focus of just foster care advocacy and support – and may now lead the entire nation forward with a new model for adoptive services.
Marcus, an Area of Emphasis in Military Practice (AEMP) Scholar and 2015 NASW-MN Graduate Student of the Year, highlights his call to social work in "Injured Minnesota Soldier Helps Vets Get Lives on Track"
As one of 10 schools that received the Social Work HEALS grant in 2015, four St. Kate's - St. Thomas students attended this policy summit in October - a phenomenal experience!
Prof. Katharine Hill and Sarah Breyette, MSW '14, publish in Journal of Technology in Human Services
Article titled, "The Impact of Electronic Communication and Social Media on Child Welfare Practice."
Beginning this year, mental health professionals have been added to the Minnesota Loan Forgiveness Program, which was developed to ease the debt burden of health-care workers and encourage them to work in an underserved area of the state.
The SSW's 2015 Room at the Table event focused on our annual theme of Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking with "Trafficking in Minnesota: Protecting Sexually Exploited Youth"
Associate Professor of Social Work Catherine Marrs Fuchsel has found her life’s calling addressing the needs of some of society’s most vulnerable women: Latinas living in the U.S. with no immigration status, unfamiliar with the language and culture and being physically and verbally abused by an intimate partner.
MSW Field Director Lisa Richardson and others share how St. Kate’s is preparing students in numerous disciplines to meet the needs of the “silver tsunami” — and in ways that focus on the strengths, not just the disabilities, of older people.
On August 4, the SSW Field Practice Institute held their fourth annual Summit on Emerging Issues in Social Work Practice. The event tackled "Trafficking in Minnesota" and highlighted the perspectives of survivors, practitioners, organizations, policy makers, and law enforcement.
St. Kate's - St. Thomas is proud to be the only private school selected to participate in the HEALS program, which will be used to educate and train social workers to improve delivery of health care in the United States.
Marilyn Cooper, MSW '04, featured as a Case Manager who makes a difference in Catholic Charities' March/April VOICE publication
..."when [Ruth] looks at her case manager a slight smile forms on her face and she utters three simple, yet powerful words. "I am thankful."
Erica Gerrity, MSW '05, and her organization, Isis Rising, featured in UST Newsroom article and accompanying video
"The Power of Restorative Love: Supporting Moms in Prison"
This front-page Star Tribune article highlights the work of the Mental Health Workforce Summit workgroup, which Dean Barbara Shank and Director of MSW Field Education, Lisa Richardson, sat on during the past year representing the MN Private College Council
The Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Svcs: a Model of Interprofessional Collaboration
Ande's article, "Factors Influencing the Regularity of Parental Visits with Children in Foster Care," can be viewed and downloaded on the Springer Press website.
In it, she describes the “Intergenerational Retreat,” a two day event that brought Hmong men and women together to discuss gender issues within the family system and in the community to learn to be more intentional about addressing intergenerational conflict.
Erica Gerrity, MSW '05 alumna and Program Director of the Isis Rising prison doula program, featured in Women's Press for her work as a "changemaker"
Erica was a leader in the coalition to pass legislation to support pregnant women and new mothers in Minnesota prisons and jails that went into effect July 1. Congratulations!
MSW Student, Carl White's, story of "Learning a New Way to Live, With Pain" featured on Sharing Mayo Clinic site
Carl White is completing his master's of social work and has a job as a health unit coordinator at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Mary's Campus. Read about his journey since 2009, when he was consumed by chronic pain from two accidents, and how far he's come since being referred to Mayo's Pain Rehabilitation Center.
‘Allowing Spirituality in the Room.' Newsroom article about Richelle Amundson's, '14 MSW, clinical research project focused on the role of spirituality in post-traumatic growth after sexual assault.
As Richelle Amundson ’14 M.S.W. began to explore topics for her clinical research project, a requirement of her final year in the Master of Social Work program, she recalled her volunteer experience at the Center for Victims of Torture, which included working with many women who had experienced rape. This problem prompted Amundson to ask: Can spirituality help people build those relationships needed to heal?
The changing status and growth of social work education worldwide: Process, findings and implications of the IASSW 2010 census
Prof. Pa Der Vang publishes "Hmong and Acculturation" chapter in Acculturation: Psychology, Processes and Global Perspectives.
Vang, P.D. (2014). Hmong and Acculturation (pp. 115-136). In Jack Merton (Ed.) Acculturation: Psychology, Processes and Global Perspectives. NY: Nova Publishers.
Prof. Pa Der Vang publishes,"Teenage marriage among Hmong American women" in the Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Vang, P.D., & Her, P. (2014). Teenage marriage among Hmong American women. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 24, 138-155.s
Congratulations to Field Instructor, Cheryl Leavitt, for being named Minnesota School Social Worker of the Year!
Cheryl has been a school social worker in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 14 years. Her award will be presented at the Minnesota SSW conference on November 3rd in St. Paul.
MSW alumna, Margaret Kelly, is an ordained Lutheran pastor. Her vision of "radical hospitality" has come to life as a "church on wheels that drives to where people are, offering free food and prayer to the poor, homeless and near-homeless."
Perceived Admiration and Transition to Parenthood for Black and White Married Couples
Dean Barbara Shank gave the Graduate Commencement Address at St. Kate's on May 23, 2014
Using Technology in Peer Role-Play Assignments to Enhance Competency in Clinical Dyadic Treatment: A Pilot Study
Sondra Payne Elizondo, a Benson, Minn., native, is University of St. Thomas Humanitarian of the Year for her contributions to the betterment of the spiritual and material welfare of the less fortunate. She is co-founder and director of VIDA (Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures), a nonprofit volunteer program which offers pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary college students the chance to work with local doctors in underserved areas of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.
BSW Student, Helen Garcia, participates in St. Kate's Hilton grant to raise profile of Catholic sisters
Catholic sisters were always a bit of a mystery for Helen Garcia, BSW student. She passed them in the hallways at St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) in St. Paul, but never had a personal conversation — until this month.
Now Garcia and new friend Sister Vicky Larson are pioneers in a national movement to make the public more aware of the work of America’s Catholic sisters — and in the process, encourage young women to consider the calling.
St. Kate’s is the national hub for an initiative to let the world know about nuns’ contributions. Thanks to a $3.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, St. Kate’s has launched a project that will pair sisters and students across the country, record nuns’ oral histories and build school curriculum. It also has built a website called SisterStory.org that will be a national repository of oral histories and other materials to demystify nuns and highlight their many contributions.