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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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Amandla DanielsWhere is Amandla Daniels now?
Amandla Daniels is the school social worker at the Vel R. Phillips School, located in Milwaukee’s Juvenile Detention Center.
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Antwayne Robertson, MSWWhere is Antwayne Robertson now?
Antwayne Robertson was director of the Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services for 16 years prior to his retirement. He now works at Cardinal Stritch University in the Master’s in Educational Leadership program.
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Cathleen Pollack, MSWWhere is Cathleen Pollack now?
Cathleen Pollack is a school social worker for Milwaukee Public Schools.
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Dawn Shelton-Williams, MSW, LCSWWhere is Dawn Shelton-Williams now?
Dawn Shelton-Williams is a quality specialist at Aurora Family Service, which is part of the Advocate Aurora Health system. She’s also in private practice at Sebastian Family Psychology Practice, LLC.
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Derek L. Tyus, MSWWhere is Derek L. Tyus, MSW now?
Derek L. Tyus is a Senior Therapist at the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). He holds an LCSW and SAC certification.
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Edith Brown, ACSW, LCSWWhere is Edith Brown now?
Edith Brown retired from Children’s Wisconsin in 2005 and continues to do volunteer work. In October 2019, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
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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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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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