Shaping Our Society

The Helen Bader School is committed to improving lives and strengthening communities through research, education and community partnerships

Improving Lives

Educating social work and criminal justice students since 1965

Essential to social welfare in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare promotes excellence in its degree programs and develops well-rounded, thoughtful individuals who can positively impact society.

The school supports an array of community-based research initiatives through collaborations with local agencies and offers extensive experiential learning opportunities for students.

Woman at podium speaking about caregiving.
Black male social work student on an assignment working with unhoused individuals.
Social Work Associate Professor David J. Pate Jr. (black man) teaches to a packed lecture hall. There are ASL interpreters in the front of the room.
Portrait of young white woman with brown hair and deep gold sweather sitting on campus.
James "Dimitri" Topitzes (white man), from the school of social welfare presenting in front of a group of people
Latinx female student standing in brightly lit modern building.
School of social welfare Professor Colleen Galambos sharing a book with two older adults on a porch
Portrait of Garret Knuth (white man), graduate of the Criminal Justice and Criminology program working at a computer