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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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Daniela ImigWhere is Daniela Imig now?
Daniela Imig is vice president of communications and network initiatives at The Difference Principle.
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Karyn BehlingWhere is Karyn Behling now?
Karyn Behling works as a Door County assistant corporation counsel.
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Michaela LawrenceWhere is Michaela Lawrence now?
Michaela Lawrence is a cryptologic linguist for the U.S. Army.
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Niel L. ThoresonWhere is Niel L. Thoreson now?
Niel L. Thoreson is regional chief for region 3 (Milwaukee County) of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections.
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