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There has never been a better time, or a greater need, for professionals educated in Social Work.

News and Announcements

News and Announcements

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Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop in Iowa City drops coffee, keeps mission

After 46 years of coffee service from men and women with disabilities — starting with Bill Sackter in 1975 — the University of Iowa’s “Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop” has brewed its final cup.

Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop in Iowa City making way for workshop

A coffee shop created nearly five decades ago to provide work for an Iowa City man with disabilities is changing with the times.

Wild Bill's Coffee Shop is now just Wild Bill's

For 46 years, Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop provided employment for persons with disabilities, while also offering the opportunity for UI students to gain experience and understanding working with persons with disabilities. “More than just coffee,” Wild Bill’s has always functioned as a learning lab for the University of Iowa School of Social Work.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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BUILD: Understanding & Intervening Effectively in Micro-Aggressions

Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:00pm to 4:00pm
The Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity initiative is an opportunity for UI faculty and staff to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. By completing a series of workshops, participants will earn a certificate demonstrating their commitment as leaders for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and classroom. Positive change can be accomplished when skilled, engaged bystanders have the ability to safely and…
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Wild Bill’s Library Workshop: Research, Ethics, Citations, and Not Getting In Trouble

Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:30pm to 4:30pm
North Hall
Learn “How to Library” from a friendly UI librarian! Dan Gall, the UI Librarian for Social Work & Distance Education, takes time to help you understand the myriad resources (and people) available at the UI to help you find the information you need. From finding the right books and how to check them out, to research concepts, ethics, and citations, Dan is your personal guide to the UI Libraries system. Open to all students, regardless of major. Sessions meet in Wild Bill’s (321 North Hall)…
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Let's Talk, Hawk! (Open to all UI students)

Friday, October 22, 2021 11:30am to 12:30pm
Let's Talk, Hawks! is a drop-in consultation service offered by the University Counseling Service (UCS) typically at various campus locations, but is now virtually during the Fall 2021 semester.  It provides you with an opportunity to have an informal, confidential, anonymous conversation with a UCS therapist.  You can share your mental health concerns, work on problem solving together, learn about useful campus and community resources, or ask questions about counseling and UCS. Let’s Talk,…

Quad Cities Social Work Alumni + Professional Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday, October 22, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Call to order - Noon Welcome / Introduction Mercedes Bern-Klug, MSW, PhD Professor and Director, School of Social Work Cohort update / Notes on Recruitment Stephen Cummings, MSW, ACSW, LISW Clinical Associate Professor, MSW Program Director, and Distance Education Administrator Overview of new MSW curriculum Carolyn Hartley, PhD Associate Professor and Curriculum Committee Chair (video) Discussion of MSW Curriculum and topics from survey Kate Kemp, MSW, LISW Program & Admissions…

Career Trek: Summer of the Arts

Friday, October 22, 2021 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Join the Pomerantz Career Center for a trip to Summer of the Arts' office on Friday, October 22 from 1-3:30pm to visit the organization, learn about what they do, the industry and specific job functions. Whether you are still exploring career interests or seeking internship, job or networking opportunities, this Trek will be a great experience for all school years & experience levels! Get an office tour, learn about what they do and opportunities available, gain hands-on experience and…
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Iowa City

Iowa's Center for Intellectuals, Artists, Scientists Philosophers and Activists is the the central campus for The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, It has made many top ten lists of great places to, live, work, do business and retire.

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Des Moines

Des Moines is geographically the heart of Iowa and of our nation--the state capital, offering an urban environment focused on the well being of the entire state in a culture that exemplifies typical Midwest friendliness.

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Quad Cities

The Quad Cities is actually a group of five cities bridging the Mississippi River on the Iowa-Illinois boundary. The largest of these cities, Davenport and Bettendorf (in Iowa) and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline (in Illinois), are the center of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, which has a population of almost 400,000.

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Sioux City

Sioux City and the surrounding areas of northwestern Iowa, northeastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota are sometimes referred to as Siouxland. Our part time, 3 year MSW program, based at Briar Cliff University is preparing for its fifth cohort of graduate students.

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This cohort-model program strives to build strong connection and engagement by keeping class sizes small, creating learning communities of students living in similar geographic regions and matching these communities with a local mentor. Students meet with their learning communities twice each year and with all students in the summer at the Summer Institute, held at the University of Iowa main campus in Iowa City, Iowa.

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