Department of Social Work
Western Connecticut State University
181 White St
Suite 101, White Hall
Danbury CT 06810
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Welcome to the Department of Social Work
The Department of Social Work at Western Connecticut State University, in keeping with the Mission of the University, seeks to educate a diversified student body, and serves as an accessible, responsive, and creative intellectual resource.
The Department of Social Work provides a quality of education that prepares informed, culturally sensitive, skilled generalist social workers, who will provide services that promote and strengthen the well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, and that are consistent with the values and ethics of the profession.
The program operates dynamically in the context of the broad liberal arts education and the particular social service needs of the region.
Spring Semester 2014
The Department had an incredibly busy Spring semester. March’s Social Work month activities included Phi Alpha Honor Society providing a “Coffee Break” for DCF workers in the Danbury office, the Annual Beatrice K. Nemzer Social Work Social Work Symposium featuring The Honorable Rep. Christopher Lyddy, and the Department taking leadership in the School of Professional Studies Poverty Simulation.
Additionally, in coordination with the Super Bowl, the Social Work Club, sponsored a souper bowl- collecting spare change to provide bowls of soup at a local soup kitchen. The Department also hosted a Significant Others Dinner for seniors Social Work majors and their invited guests.
The School of Professional Studies Honors Convocation was the venue for bestowing upon Everett Redente the Beatrice K. Nemzer Outstanding Senior Award, and Megan Silver the Beatrice K. Nemzer Outstanding Junior Award. Tamires DaSilva received the Alice Fales Service Award, and 3 new awards were given this year: the Dr. Rob Veneziano Research Award which went to Paul Wyble, the Professors Marjorie and Richard Steinberg Outstanding Field
Award which went to Victor Vilar, and the Unsung Hero Award which went to Lauren Campbell. Congratulations to all of the awards recipients!
Field Instructors were feted at the annual Field Instructors Appreciation Breakfast, seniors at the Department’s Senior Dinner, and of course at Commencement.
In addition to all these activities, students and faculty were engaged in good and hard work in courses, research, and professional development. Dr. Sharon Young presented her research on Veteran’s at a conference in Tampa, Florida, Dr. Kit Hinga attended a Social Policy Conference in Austin, Texas, and Professor Patti Ivry, presented her paper on the CSWE accreditation process at the Baccalaureate Program Directors Conference in Louisville, KY. Professor Rebecca Wade-Rancourt participated in a training for responding to trauma, and Dr. Deneen
Harris was an invited participant and spent 10 days in Japan continuing her studies of Japanese culture.
This year, 42% of our social work graduates are going directly to graduate school. Other members of the class of 2014 are becoming professional social workers, employed at nursing homes, youth serving agencies, and a variety of human service settings.