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FALL 2013

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Course Catalog

Our Board of Governors

Anita Bohn '88, President

Hazelette Crosby-Robinson '08,

Vice President

Mary Ortega, Secretary 


Blanca Almanza '86

Bill Cabin '04

Debbie Cohl '08

Linda DeVries '92

Dan Fischer '84

Stephanie Francois '07

Alan McBroom '77

Nan Richter '09

Randall Ross '94

Gayle Shier '08

Erica Solway '05

Jonathan Stern '84

Jamila Weathers '04



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Letter from the Dean

Over the last several weeks, I have had the opportunity to talk to current students and alumni about SSW's commitment to increase financial assistance for MSW students, and our concern that the financial aid program must do more to meet the rising costs of tuition. Our School's increase in financial aid has continued to exceed the increase in tuition, and 75 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. However, we need to do a lot more to increase the amount of assistance available to our students as they prepare themselves for life-long social work careers.  


In November, the University of Michigan and the School of Social Work will launch our next major fund-raising and development campaign. In the next print issue of Ongoing, I will provide you with the details of our plans and goals for this campaign. Students are the heart of SSW and fostering their talent and intellect is our highest calling.  


Laura Lein



Making History with Peace Corps

Colleen Huysman wanted to be a Peace Corps volunteer since she was in the eighth grade, and today, she's doing exactly that while working toward completing her MSW at U-M School of Social Work.

The Safety of Minors on College and University Campuses: 

A Social Justice Challenge

The Penn State Case
December 10, 2013, 5 to 8 p.m.


Academic institutions and state legislators are in the process of creating a safety net for minors in response to incidents of child sexual abuse on University and College campuses.  The Family Assessment Learning Laboratory for Education and Research seminar series will build on existing case studies with the goal of developing new responses and answering critical questions for academic institutions.  Continuing education opportunities and academic credit are available.


The series is free and open to all faculty, students and staff at the University of Michigan. 


Debra Schilling Wolfe, Executive Director of the Field Center for Children's Policy Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

Frank Vandervort, University of Michigan Law School, Clinical Professor of Law


Community Service Day


The James and Grace Lee Boggs School had many volunteers from U-M SSW on Community Service Day.


Social Work students spent a day to help make finishing touches on our building by putting together furniture and finishing many other projects throughout the entire building.  The collaboration amongst all those involved in the process of opening this school has been amazing!  We are so thankful for the hearts, hands, and creative minds that went into making this dream come true.  This placed based education school has already had a community of support to lift it up, and we are very thankful for the many people who have helped! 

-Ms. Christina Smith, Rainbow Room Class Teacher, Boggs School

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Timing Impacts Transition



Nancy Brennan, MSW Candidate, Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health


Nancy Brennan, MSW candidate, hoped for a placement, which would provide a broad and rich experience, great supervision and an opportunity to cultivate clinical skills. 


She feels as though she has gotten all of that and more at a newly offered placement at the University of Michigan Health System's Comprehensive Gender Services Program (UMHS-CGSP), a multidisciplinary program providing a variety of services for gender-variant individuals.


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 Fortitude Results in a Life Best Lived



Kristina Lopez, PhD '13, Social Work and Psychology 


Kristina Lopez, PhD '13 has been referred to as the comeback kid. Today she is known as Assistant Professor Kristina Lopez, at California State, University Long Beach, where she'll be applying her social work degree, analyzing national autism data to identify the needs of Latino children with autism and their families.


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Welcome New Lecturers 

Daphne Brydon 

Colleen Crane

Barbara Hiltz

Not Pictured: Linh Song



John Longres, PhD '70

"I went to Michigan during a very heady time... I have a great love of that time in my life."



Read John's Story

Thank you for all you do to support our students and strengthen our school.