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After graduation, most of our alumni live and work in Wisconsin. Whether you graduated recently or long ago, you’re an important member of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare community.

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There are many opportunities to continue your involvement with the school. Each fall, the school raises money for student scholarships at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Prowl. We invite you to join our school’s Panther Prowl team the Asphalt Kickers and enjoy time back on campus while networking with alumni.

As an alum, we encourage you to join us at informal gatherings throughout the year, including the alumni basketball game and social justice events. Professional development classes and graduate certificate programs also present opportunities for you to keep learning.

Noble Wray Receives Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare Degree

Originally from Milwaukee, Noble Wray graduated from UWM in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He went on to serve on the Madison Police Department for nearly 30 years, rising in the ranks from patrol officer to chief. A nationally recognized consultant for law enforcement organizations, he has lent his expertise to cities like Ferguson, Baltimore and New York. He presents around the country on topics like implicit bias, Blue Courage and procedural justice.

Wray has served in leadership roles at the national, state and local levels. In 2015, Wray was asked by the U.S. Department of Justice to help lead an initiative to implement President Obama’s 21st Century Policing recommendations. In 2019, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers appointed Wray to serve on the Governor’s Pardon Advisory Board, and in 2007, Wisconsin Gov. James Doyle invited him to co-chair the State Commission on Reducing Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System. He also served as president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison in 2014. Wray has received numerous awards, including the UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare’s Alumnus of the Year in 2011. – UWM Report

Noble Wray received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at its May ’22 commencement ceremony.

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Autumn Decker, MSWhere is Autumn Decker now?
Autumn Decker is a doctoral student in Prevention Science at Washington State University. She completed the Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology along with a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Kinesiology in Spring 2020.
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Eric Engelbart, MSW, APSWWhere is Eric Engelbart now?
Eric Engelbart is a clinical case manager for the Milwaukee Center for Independence’s Whole Health Clinical Group.
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Portrait of Jessica Hickman (black woman), a Masters in Social Work and Applied Gerontology Certificate Alum
Jessica Hickman, MSW, CAPSWWhere is Jessica Hickman now?
Jessica Hickman is a medical social worker. She completed the Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology along with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in December 2019.
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Portrait of Megan Lacke (white woman), a Master's in Social Work Alum
Megan Lacke, MSW, APSWWhere is Megan Lacke now?
Megan Lacke is a care manager in the Family Care program at Community Care. She completed the Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology along with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in Summer 2019.
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