Student Social Work Association

Our purpose is to increase students’ knowledge about the social work profession through connecting student with resources and networks in the professional field of social welfare, and provide a social environment in which to volunteer and enrich the community.

Who can be a member?

Any graduate or undergraduate student enrolled at UWM in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.


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Benefits of SSWA Membership

SSWA holds monthly events. Join us for one or all of our upcoming events. Events include social activities, volunteer opportunities, and informational sessions about topics in the field of social welfare.

Criminal Justice Student Association

The CJSA serves as an organizational forum for students interested in criminology and criminal justice. More specifically, the CJSA cultivates a network among and between undergraduate and graduate students at UWM, as well as connecting members with practitioners working within the criminal and juvenile justice systems in Milwaukee and neighboring areas. In addition to establishing a presence on campus, CJSA members focus significant attention on community engagement and service in accord with the mission of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and UWM.

The CJSA holds monthly meetings scheduled throughout the academic year and welcomes all interested students regardless of major. If you are interested in more information about the CJSA, please contact Dr. Kimberly Hassell ( who serves as the faculty advisor for the group.

Fall 2019

This semester, the CJSA has adopted and is supporting the U.S. Army 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade currently deployed to Afghanistan. One of our local police sergeants has a son serving in this Army Battalion. He informed us that many of the 100 soldiers never receive mail. The CJSA is committed to sending each soldier a card and/or letter. Please consider contributing by writing letters and/or cards for the soldiers and establishing ongoing correspondence relationships.

The CJSA is also currently accepting donations for care packages to send to the 100 soldiers. Requested items include: chips and other snacks (snack packs packaged in boxes for safe mailing), flavor packets for water, nuts and seeds, games, magazines, books, candy (that does not melt, e.g., no chocolate), gum, and other non-perishable items.

There is a donation box located in Enderis Hall, 11th floor just outside and across from the elevators. We will send out the first care package on October 15th.

President: Joey O’Neill
Vice President: Craig Richter
Treasurer: Bethany Jennerjohn
Secretary: Brooke Moder
CJSA Academic Advisor: Dr. Kimberly Hassell


Trauma Studies Association

The Trauma Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization at the University of Milwaukee intending to promote the knowledge of and advocacy for the field of trauma studies. Education, community building and advocacy are the goals of the association. Students, faculty and the community will learn and share innovative approaches. UWM is at the forefront of Trauma Studies and the TSA will provide students an opportunity to augment their education by exploring current developments in this flourishing area of mental health.

Community Building Workshop

September 6-8, 2019

Join the Trauma Studies Association for a three day community building workshop (CBW): Friday, Sept. 6 – Sunday, Sept. 8 at UW-Milwaukee.

CBWs are structured group processes that facilitate positive communication and authentic community. This event is open to 15 UW-Milwaukee BSW and MSW students. We will accept students on a first come, first served basis.

Friday, September 6, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 7, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 8, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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The workshop offers opportunities for students to deepen: communication skills, group process knowledge, and authentic peer relationships. It also provides a window into a unique course option that is offered in the spring titled, “Community Building and Mindfulness” (Social Work 591/791). Students who take that course participate in a CBW and earn three general elective credits toward their MSW degree or three elective credits toward the Trauma-Informed Care Graduate Certificate. Those who have completed the course have described it as the culmination of their social work training due to its experiential nature.

Others in attendance will include UW-Milwaukee MSP – Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding students and MSW students from Mount Mary.

Completion of the workshop could also potentially contribute to field hours, if approved by your field liaison and supervisor.

Feel free to email Prof. Dimitri Topitzes ( or doctoral student Sarwat Sharif ( if you have questions.

Who can be a member?

Any undergraduate or graduate student at UWM can join the TSA.


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