School of Social Work Video to Premiere at October 2 Milestones Celebration

August 28, 2015
“Women’s Work: Women in Leadership in Social Work,” video project focused on three prominent women leaders: Dr. Barbara Shank, Dr. Angeline Barretta-Herman and Dr. Janice Andrews-Schenk.
Dr. Barbara Shank, Dr. Angeline Barretta-Herman, and Dr. Janice Andrews-Schenk

The “Women’s Work: Women in Leadership in Social Work,” video project is funded by the 2014 UST Women’s History Project grant and will document the long-held leadership roles that women have played in the School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas; specifically focused on three prominent women leaders: Dr. Barbara Shank, Dr. Angeline Barretta-Herman and Dr. Janice Andrews-Schenk.

Greta Cunningham, an adjunct professor in the UST department of Communication and Journalism, who is an award-winning journalist and former reporter and program host for Minnesota Public Radio, is producing the video. Below is a brief description of the 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 1960s, 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, master’s and doctorate levels.

We are excited to premiere this video during the “40-25-Launch” Celebration portion of our October 2 Milestones Celebration.

Special thanks to Carey Winkler for her amazing leadership on this project!