Happy Thanksgiving from GSSW!

GSSW Community!

GSSW wants to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you get some quality time with friends, family, partners, and individuals that you are thankful to have in your life.

Just a friendly reminder that GSSW & the University of Denver will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2013 and Friday, November 29, 2013.

See you in December!



GSSW exploring South Africa

Dean James Herbert Williams, faculty, staff, and some students are currently in South Africa exploring Social Work practice!

They are blogging about their experiences while traveling. Please visit: http://gsswblog.du.edu/globalpractice/.

We wish them a successful trip and a safe return to the states soon!

GSSW Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and Community Friends.

New GSSW Blog about Faculty Scholarship

GSSW is pleased to announce a new blog, Facebook “like” page, and Twitter handle to help promote the amazing work our Faculty are doing!

To visit the blog please visit: gsswscholarshipproject.blogspot.com

Our Facebook Page is “GSSW Scholarship Project” (https://www.facebook.com/pages/GSSW-Scholarship-Project/662832730402868) and our Twitter handle is @GSSWScholarship (https://twitter.com/GSSWScholarship).
Please like, follow, and read these postings!

“Surviving the Srebrenica Genocide” a first-person account by Hasan Hasanović

The Graduate School of Social Work in partnership with the University of Denver is pleased to announce Mr. Hasan Hasanović to the Graduate School of Social Work for this unique visit.

2014 marks the University of Denver’s Sesquicentennial and “Surviving the Srebrenica Genocide” a first-person account is one of many events honoring the university’s anniversary.

Hasan Hasanović is currently the Curator and Interpreter of Bosnia’s Srebrenica-Potočari Cemetery and Memorial Centre.

This remarkable event will be happening on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 starting at 4:30pm in the Boettcher Foundation Community Room of Craig Hall, home of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.

RSVP and further event details can be seen by visiting: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/hasan.html

Craig Hall is located at: 2148 South High Street, Denver CO 80208.

Questions can please be directed to Ann Petrila, Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Field Education, and Director – ISL BiH by email to Ann.Petrila@du.edu or phone (303)-871-2863.


Field Education team presented at CSWE Conference “Field Director’s Survival Guide: The First Two Years”

Several of our Field Education team presented on October 31, 2013 to the CSWE Conference.

Our presentation was entitled:  Field Director’s Survival Guide: The First Two Years.


It was designed for relatively new field directors who need to learn the nuts and bolts of field education.  This was a presentation as part of the FDDI (Field Director Development Institute) which is a pre-conference workshop for field directors and field staff.  It is a very competitive process where we had to anonymously submit our proposal and two were chosen—each for a half day presentation.  We presented in the morning.  The initial registration was for 35 people but the waiting list became so long that they raised it up to 65.  This is the 3rd time that we have been chosen to present an FDDI session.

Congratulations to Ann, Michele, Kim, and Kathy on a presentation well done!

Questions about the presentation can please be directed to Ann Petrila via email to Ann.Petrila@du.edu.


From left to right: Kathy, Kim, Ann, Michele

Ann Petrila, Director of Field Education, Clinical Associate Professor

Michele Sienkiewicz, Associate Director of Field Education, Clinical Associate Professor

Kim Yuskis, PROGRESS Program Coordinator & Field Education Program Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor

Kathy Johnson, Field Education Program Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor

Be(A)ware Campaign & Queer Equality Alliance

A recent event here at the University of Denver have brought the campus community together in the support of students of color and members of the LGBTIQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer & Ally) community.

Below is the email that was sent out to the GSSW Community. Further below the response that our own GSSW students have created in support of all students at GSSW and here at DU.

On October 28th at the University of Denver, an extremely hurtful message was written on a mirror within a multicultural floor in a first year residence hall.

In an effort to combat this issue and bring awareness to our entire Pioneer community, the Be(A)ware campaign hopes to highlight and celebrate the incredible diversity on our campus.

You can submit a photo here <http://beaware-du.tumblr.com/submit>. Feel free to contact us at: be.aware.du@gmail.com

To view student responses and pictures, visit:


The Queer Equality Alliance (QEA) here at GSSW made their own responses by posting many messages around the building. Below are just a sample of some of the messages left in the hallways, on a microwave, in the restrooms, and on the vending machines in the building.

Thank you QEA for showing your support!

The GSSW Community


Exploring Denver for Less

As a graduate student I have taken full advantage of the free light rail/bus pass to explore the city.The freedom of this pass has allowed me to explore the downtown area without having to worry about driving or parking. There are multiple free or low cost opportunities to find out what Denver is all about. Once a year the city of Denver hosts a free museums night. Free museum night is fully funded by the city which has coach buses take you to and from multiple museums. Aside from just the one night of the year there are other opportunities to go to museums for free throughout the year. Aside from the museums a must do is going to the monthly art walk on Santa Fe. The art walk occurs the fist Friday of the month in the art district which has a wide array of studios, galleries and shops to brows through. Aside from the unique art work there are also many other venders  who come and provide food via food trucks, sell drinks and hand made local items.