student, staff & faculty recognition

MSW Student Presents at National Men of Color Summit

Levi Soto (second from left) with his colleagues at the Men of Color National Summit, 2019.

MSW Student Levi Soto presented at the  Clemson University Men of Color National Summit on April 25-26, 2019. In partnership with the WMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Levi and his colleagues, Lauren Carney (Director of KPSP), and Irving Quintero (Kalamazoo Promise Senior) presented a workshop titled, “Somos El Futuro” “We Are The Future”-Effectively working with Hispanic/Latino students. Levi Soto, who facilitated the workshop, grew up as a migrant, first generation college student and minority which inspired him to advocate for those who are often unheard. Congratulations on your outstanding scholarship and contribution to our profession!

CHHS Committee Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Faculty member Marian Tripplett was honored alongside her fellow  College of Health and Human Services Diversity & Inclusion committee members, with the University Rising Star in Diversity Award. The committee has worked dilligently to promote an inclusive environment, and hosted a diversity and inclusing convference for the university and community members. Thank you for your work towards promoting diversity at WMU! Learn more about the award and read the story in WMU News.


Highlighted in the News

MSW internships with social workers in Small and Rural Libraries Program featured in two local newsources!

Not the Usual Information, Libraries hosting social workers - The Herald-Palladium
Cassopolis District Library offers onsite social workers - Cassopolis Vigilant

Updates from the School of Social Work

Study Abroad course course offered spring 2019 in Guatemala with Jennifer Harrison
Travel to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and create transformational connections in Meso-America. PRINTABLE FLYER

Congratulations, Dr. Jennifer Harrison! Celebrating global engagement
Congratulations to our very own Dr. Jennifer Harrison, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Harrison was a 2018 recipient of the WMU Global Engagement Award.

Congratulations to School of Social Work Scholarship Recipients
2018 Scholarship Recognition Dinner was October 9, 2018.  Recipients were presented with award certificates for BSW and MSW awards.

Robert Barstow Scholarship awarded to Morgan Rooy and Da'chelle Burnett
Rebecca Ann Binkowski Memorial Scholarship awarded to Koby Gillespie and Haley Trimmers
Charlene Cove Russel Endowed Scholarship awarded to Dana Scott
Nathaniel McCaslin Scholarship awarded to Jonathon Anthony 
John P. Mellein Endowed Scholarship award to Jayla Smith
Victoria and Willie H. Pickard Endowed Scholarship awarded to Jazmine Marsh
Deloris J. Phillips Memorial Scholarship awarded to Timothy Liggins and Gerson Reyes
Gale Strutz Memorial Endowed Scholarship Amal Mohamed
Elena Thomas Scholarship awarded to Mary Crawford and Tracy Rudi 

WMU alum named NASW Social Worker of the Year
Thom McNally, a 1978 graduate of Western Michigan University's Master of Social Work program, was awarded Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. WMU School of Social Work Students met with Thom at the NASW's annual LEAD Day Conference in Lansing.

NEW licensing requirements - Changes to the Michigan Social Work General Rules - January 2017

Both Sides of the Fence

Social work professor selected for service learning award
WMU School of Social Work Associate Professor Dr. Barbara Barton was selected by the Michigan Campus Compact to receive the 2014 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award.

Social work graduate assistant honored as WMU student employee of the year
Congratulations to Demetria Jones, a graduate assistant in the School of Social Work field education office, who has been selected from among 66 nominees and more than 3,900 student employees as the 2012-13 Western Michigan University Student Employee of the Year.