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Division of Social Work

College of Health Sciences

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3632

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: (307) 766-6112

Email: sowkmail@uwyo.edu

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Division of Social Work

Research and Community Engagement

Students with the UW Division of Social Work actively pursue opportunities on the UW campus and surrounding communities to both assist with volunteer and humanitarian effort, and as part of their academic assignments, to do research to better understand circumstances that can impact communities.

 

Community Safety Network 

MSW student Liana MoskowitzLiana Moskowitz’s work with the Community Safety Network –a non-profit that provides shelter and support services to victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Jackson, Wyoming -- informed her thesis work titled, “An Analysis of Safety Messages for Prevention of Sexual Assault on a University Campus: Sources of Victim Blame and Reframing the Discourse.” Ms. Moskowitz’s study won her the second place in the Competitive Student Research Oral Presentation at the annual College of Health Sciences Research Day 2018. The study, chaired by Neely Mahapatra, is the first in addressing safety messages internalized by the campus community and to identify how these safety messages might be contributing to a culture of victim blame. A total of 131 administrative, faculty & staff members and 196 students (N=327; Males 73 & Females 254) completed an exploratory quantitative online survey.

Results reveal that the UW community has a high level of female-focused safety messages that put the burden of safety on women. This finding was reinforced by the response to the scenarios where respondent’s increasingly allocated blame to the victim as the situations became more divergent from rape scripts. When asked, vast majority of respondents stated that they listen to a partner’s wishes (obtain consent), yet conversely, the majority also stated that they could tell if a person felt comfortable, even if they did not say so. This suggests some disconnect between the understanding of consent and the practice of obtaining it. The university community indicated a high degree of readiness for bystander intervention models. The study could be used by the university to reframe the discourse surrounding sexual assault and implement progressive messages that do not ascribe to victim blame. Liana Moskowitz is a MSW student with the Division of Social Work. 

 

Restorative Justice in the School Community

"My Plan B evaluation focused on the preliminary steps of bringing restorative justice practices into the school setting. Utilizing the exemplary research of restorative practitioners in states like Minnesota, Colorado and California, I implemented a six-week educational series focused on restorative theory and practice to a select group of administrators, counselors, security staff and teachers. The study was designed to evaluate my effectiveness in improving their knowledge of what restorative justice was, strengthening their attitudes and beliefs regarding why restorative practices can be transformative for at risk students, and building their self-efficacy regarding their own actions with students on campus. In the end, one of the most inspiring comments made to me was: 'Well, you sure taught this old dog some new tricks.' Such an amazing opportunity!” – MSW Graduate Student, Michael Holland.

 Social Work students working a Plan B project.

Members of Dr. Diane Kempson's Plan B Masters class: front row from left: Diane Kempson, Mary Ryan, and Livvy Gerrish, Back row from left: Brandon Bishop, Michael Holland, and Jamyn Gavello.
 

If you are interested in supporting the efforts of the UW Division of Social Work and its students in staying connected to their learning and local communities, and providing needed support of scholarships to help students achieve their academic goals, please contact sowkmail@uwyo.edu.
Would you like to help now? Go to Support the Division of Social Work to learn how you can provide financial support and where that support is needed.

 


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Division of Social Work

College of Health Sciences

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3632

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: (307) 766-6112

Email: sowkmail@uwyo.edu

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