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November 2018
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#GivingTuesday: Support Student Success
158th Birthday Challenge

Our focus on #GivingTuesday will be support for our students, to ensure they complete their education and graduate to advance social justice for marginalized individuals, families and communities.

Such support certainly includes scholarships, but also includes our new Student Emergency FundContributions to this new fund will support students who experience unexpected financial hardship. Examples of past JACSW students who might have benefited from an emergency fund include:

  • A student who lost everything in a fire: the emergency fund could have helped buy new textbooks.
  • A student who was forced to suddenly leave home because of family conflict: the emergency fund could have helped cover the additional costs of transportation to and from classes and field placements.

This #GivingTuesday, please give to our Student Emergency Fund or Scholarship Fund.

Keep your eyes open for #GivingTuesday emails in the coming weeks!

Alumni Award Nominations - There's Still Time!
 Alumni & Friends Celebration

The next Alumni & Friends Celebration will be May 2, 2019 and we need your award nominations!

It's no secret that JACSW alumni are passionate and dedicated social workers, so please nominate deserving alumni (or yourself) in the following categories:

  • Jane Addams Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: presented to an alumnus who has achieved outstanding success and national/international distinction in his or her chosen field of social work.
  • Jane Addams Rising Alumni Award: recognizes an alumnus who, within 10 years of receiving his or her highest JACSW degree, is doing innovative work in his/her career, demonstrating influence within his/her field, and making a notable impact on the social work profession.

Be sure to read the criteria and submission process for each award.


Award Criteria & Submissions >

News for Alumni & Friends
Generosity Recognized at the Dean's Scholarship Reception
 Scholarship donors with recipients

Scholarship recipients, donors and JACSW faculty and staff joined together on October 18, 2018 to honor the hard work of the deserving students, and the generosity of the donors who made the scholarships possible.

Among the donors in attendance were Nancy Alexander, MSW '84, Carol Goldbaum, PhD '88, Katie Livingston-Brock and Dr. Kenneth Schmidt of the Chicago Foundlings Home, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., retired JACSW professor Jim Gleeson, MSW, PhD ’84, and Linda Gleeson.

Scholarship recipient Jasmine Steele gave a moving and inspiring reflection on what scholarships mean to her and other students like her, as they prepare themselves to work for social justice in Chicago communities.

Overall, 16 students received endowed or named scholarships, and 10 received Dean's Awards from the General Scholarship Fund. Dean Hairston presented the scholarship awards to the 23 students who attended the event.

Many thanks to our donors, and congratulations to the deserving students!


More Photos from the Event >

Alumni Updates

Kenny E. Miller, MSW '85:  Kenny recently published a chapter in a book that deals with models of treatment for developmental trauma entitled Attachment Theory in Action. The title of the chapter he authored is "Delight In Me: Repair of Developmental Trauma and the Birth of the Self."

Dr. Anna McPhatter, PhD '88:  Anna is the Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD). The Division of Academic Affairs supports and promotes innovative teaching and learning (face-face and online), cutting edge research, scholarship and creative activity and collaborative community engagement.

Steven Narowetz, MSW '02:  After graduation, Steven relocated to Minnesota. He recently started working as an LGSW at Global Healthcare in Minneapolis.

Sheila Sewe, MSW '14:  Sheila has been working in the United Kingdom as part of a Child Protection Team for Dorset County Council. She primarily works on the front lines with children in need and looked-after children, as well as presenting children in court alongside their solicitors and preparing assessments and court reports. She says, "I feel like my education and field placements at UIC were an added advantage to help me succeed in my field of work here."

News from JACSW
Faculty Updates

Edward Potts, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, announced that he will retire at the end of January 2019. Beloved by students, faculty and staff, he has directed the college's MSW admissions for 14 years, and he will be missed. Mr. Potts says that in retirement he will continue to help the college with fundraising for scholarships.

Assistant Professor Jennifer Geiger presented "How are Foster Care Alumni in the United States Financing Postsecondary Education?" at the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF) 2018 conference in Porto, Portugal. 

Assistant Professor Charles Hounmenou continued expanding his work in human trafficking and sexual exploitation:

  • He published a new Fact Sheet for the Jane Addams Center on Social Policy and Research: Scope of Human Trafficking in Illinois and Beyond, and
  • In September, he was honored with an Influential Scholar Award at the 2018 Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference.


JACSW Co-Sponsors International Conference
 Asst. Profs. Jack Lu & Karen D'Angelo
 Dr. Jack Lu and Dr. Karen D’Angelo presenting at the conference

September 24-26, 2018, the college co-sponsored the international Participate! conference at UIC, in partnership with the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Participate! brought together a variety of perspectives on creating inclusive public spaces and increasing equitable participation for the promotion of social justice. JACSW Professors Alice Butterfield and James Swartz, and Asst. Professors Karen D’Angelo and Jack Lu presented on their experiences with community participation and development.

Conference participants also visited Chicago community organizations, Pilsen Alliance, Austin Coming Together and the Westside Health Authority.


Learn More About Participate! >

JACSW Rallies at "March to the Polls"
 JACSW at women's march

Social work means advocacy, and advocacy means voting!

On Saturday, October 13, JACSW students and faculty participated in the Women's March Chicago "March to the Polls," to make their voices heard on behalf of all who experience inequality, discrimination, or oppression. Our thanks to Jane Addams Advocacy Initiative and Jane Addams Student Government for organizing JACSW’s participation in this important march.


More Photos from the March >

Make Your Impact
Connect & Engage

We are proud of our alumni and want to know what you're up to! Update your information and explore volunteering opportunities to stay connected and engage with current JACSW students!

Update Your Info >

Learn How You Can Support the College
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There are many ways you can support the college and it's mission of social justice.

Learn More >

Services for UIC Alumni

Need a job? Got a job to post?
Alumni are welcome to use

Need a gym membership?
UIC graduates are eligible for a discounted UIC fitness membership.

Need a good read?
Alumni are welcome to visit and check out materials from any of UIC’s five libraries.

Need an official transcript?
The Office of the Registrar can issue your complete academic record.


Contact Us

If you have general questions, concerns or feedback, please contact our director of advancement:

Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, MA, CFRE
Director of Advancement
Jane Addams College of Social Work, MC 309
1040 West Harrison Street, Room 4018
Chicago, IL 60607-7134
Telephone: (312) 413-2305
Fax: (312) 996-1802