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Student Recognition Award

2016: Coalition of Community Social Workers, Wayne State University

Nominator: Judith Wineman, Wayne State University

Comment from nomination letter:

The Wayne State University School of Social Work Coalition of Community Social Workers (CCSW), a group of BSW or MSW students, focuses on local social justice efforts. The CCSW emphasizes the importance of collaborating with local human service agencies to advocate for change in our communities and its members are passionate about advocating for social justice, especially because of the urban mission at the school. The Coalition sponsored three key events in 2015-16, including a presentation of “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" video and panel discussion.


2015: Jason Ostrander, MSW (Nominator – Dr. Scott Harding, University of Connecticut)

As a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut, Mr. Ostrander has worked on several research projects with different faculty. A number of article manuscripts from this research are currently in process, and he will present the results from one of these studies at CSWE’s Annual Program Meeting this year. Mr. Ostrander also has significant teaching experience, both at the university level and in different professional capacities. Of note, at the University of Connecticut he has been recognized by the Provost for excellence in teaching; and he worked (with faculty) to help redesign one of two required research courses for MSW students.

Already a talented, dedicated teacher, Mr. Ostrander brings a distinguished practice background that informs his commitment to policy practice and community-focused research. Mr. Ostrander’s scholarship is poised to make a significant impact to the professional knowledge base on voting, political participation, and the political empowerment of historically underrepresented groups. In his work, Mr. Ostrander is particularly interested in the role social workers can and should play in promoting greater involvement in “politics” by both client groups and the social work profession. Mr. Ostrander’s dissertation, “To Participate or Not to Participate, that is the Question,” promises to make a major contribution to an understanding of some of these issues.

2013: Macro Social Work Student Network (Nominator - Dr. Terry Mizhati – Hunter College)

The Macro Social Work Student Network (MSWSN) is an growing network of students, alumni and faculty supporters of macro practice across the country. In three years, it has grown and strengthened and innovated under the leadership of some extraordinary students who have devoted more time than required as one of several course projects. Most importantly, it has gone beyond Silberman School of Social Work and is taking hold in dozens of MSW schools or departments. The MSWSN has hosted a conference that attracted about 80 students from 17 different schools in the region and beyond. They are developing other innovative strategies to attract and engage students and faculty at this most significant time for macro social work.

2008: Patricia Oh, Maria Glisson, LaTonya Washington

2004: Sarabeth Kossove

2002: Eileen Newman