Criminal Justice Student Association

Our purpose is to help students develop relationships with criminal justice agencies and advance their knowledge of the field outside of the classroom. We also serve as a resource for students, bridging the gap between students, professors and criminal justice agencies.

Interaction with other members and various guest speakers give students the opportunity to learn more about the different areas of the criminal justice field.

Who can be a member?

Any graduate or undergraduate student enrolled at UWM can be a member.

Current officers

  • President: Blake Laufenberg
  • Vice-President: Jacob Apazeller
  • Secretary: Elizabeth Hinrichs
  • Treasurer: Sophie Chavez


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Benefits of CJSA Membership

The CJSA plays a pivotal role in expanding students’ understanding of the various agencies working within the criminal justice system. This can help students facing graduation who enter their job searches unsure of what types of positions suit their interests, skills and aspirations. By inviting persons working in the criminal justice field to speak with our members and organizing tours of local agencies, CJSA further assists students in understanding the roles and responsibilities of working in these agencies.

Last term, for example, we hosted representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshals Service and the Milwaukee Police Department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit.

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.

Current Co-Chairs

  • Susan Ardnt
  • Amanda Herbert
  • Brittany Kerr
  • Rachel Niyonsaba
  • Keyona Reed


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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. If you would like to become a member, please send us an email at and we will add you to our e-mailing list. Becoming a member allows you to get all notifications of our activities — come for one or all!

We have Super Social Worker T-shirt for sale for $12. The back is a quote by Gandhi: We must become the change we wish to see in the world. Proceeds directly benefit SSWA and help fund our events. Contact us if you’d like to purchase one!

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.

  • Faculty Advisor: Dimitri Topitzes
  • Graduate Student Liaison: Maria Brelis Schirmer

Who can be a member?

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


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