Professional Programs Social Work

Social Justice Summit

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From Inclusion to Equity

June 2, 2022

UW-Green Bay Union

Phoenix Rooms ABC, 1965 Room, Alumni Room & Christie Theater
Cost: $30 In-Person Event, $20 Virtual (Keynote Only)


The mission of UW-Green Bay’s professional programs in social work is to promote social justice in a diverse and evolving world by engaging in practices that elevates human and community well-being.  This summit is focused is designed around current issues of social justice in Northeast Wisconsin. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Denise O'Neil Green

Growing Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Decentering Whiteness

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Dr. Denise O’Neil Green is a visionary and inspirational leader and one of the nation’s recognized experts in transformational and strategic diversity and inclusion leadership, student access and development, community engagement, talent management and organizational change.

Known for her courageous, inclusive leadership, Dr. Green brought the first White Privilege Conference (WPC) Global to Toronto in 2018 and convened the first University and Research Funding Agencies’ Equity Officers Roundtable the same year.

Dr. Green has worked with many senior and executive leaders from postsecondary, government, business and nonprofit sectors, as keynote speaker, innovative strategist, educator and changemaker.

She has received numerous awards, including the 2017 Association for the Study of Higher Education Council on Ethnic Participation Founders’ Service Award and the 2016 Pioneers for Change Award for Excellence in Women in Leadership.

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Breakout Sessions

Racism and Microaggressions Against African Americans

Corey King will continue the conversation from the keynote address.  Using his experiences in student support, Dr. King will highlight strategies that can be helpful in recognizing and responding to the needs of individuals of color, particularly African Americans.

Speaker Bio: Corey King, Ph.D., is the UW-Green Bay Vice Chancellor for Inclusivity and Student Affairs. With over 27 years of higher education experience in student affairs, student services and enrollment management, Dr. King has been recognized by regional and national student affairs associations for his work as a student affairs leader. Throughout his career, Dr. King has been a champion of diversity and inclusion through his leadership.  Dr. King received a Bachelor’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs from Florida State University. He received his Doctorate in Educational Administration & Leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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Indigenous Erasure in Social Work Education
A Framework for Uncovering Ongoing Colonization

Participants will explore theories of colonization, which provides a framework for uncovering ongoing colonization and Indigenous erasure in social work education. Participants will understand how Indigenous scholars and the social work profession are imagining and practicing decolonization in social work education in partnership with Indigenous Nations. 

Speaker Bio: Cary Waubanascum Hewpetoss, Ph.D., is a proud member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Wakeny^ta (Turtle Clan), with ancestral roots in the Menominee, Forest County Potawatomi, and Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Nations of Wisconsin. She is a wife to Lance and Aknulha to a son and daughter. In July, 2021 she earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in Mni Sota Makoce. Her dissertation titled, “This is how we show up for our relatives”: Understanding how Indigenous relative caregivers embody traditional kinship to resist the colonial child welfare system”, uncovered ongoing colonialism perpetuated by the modern child welfare system and how Indigenous relatives continue to reclaim and live their traditional kinship amidst ongoing colonialism. Her work focuses on identifying and challenging ongoing colonialism and Indigenous erasure and reclaiming Indigenous lifeways. She was previously a social worker for 10-years with Tribal communities in Northeastern Wisconsin. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Professional Programs at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. 

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Desperate Journeys
Asylum Seekers, Refugees & Immigrants

Desperate times call for desperate measures. This session offers a foundation of the migration process for asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants. Participants will review legislation that impact resettlement while gaining insight on refugees’ experiences and psychological well-being.  Activities in the training are designed to assist providers in understanding the complexities related to migration while improving outcomes for this population through skills and integration.  

Speaker Bio: Sheng Lee Yang, MSW, LCSW is a first-generation immigrant who arrived in the United States as a refugee at a young age and has remained a resident of The Fox Valley since. Today, she is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker, President and Executive Director for Us 2 Behavioral Health Care Additionally, in her position of lecturer at UWGB, she teaches graduate courses in Clinical Mental Health and Diversity & Inclusion, and most importantly, is a proud mother of two young girls. Her previous professional experiences include direct care and leadership positions in public, private, government and nonprofit institutions. Her vast personal and professional experiences, both at a micro and macro-level, has helped her cultivate a vision to integrate social justice and cultural humility into mental health.

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Social Media & Sex Trafficking of Youth

Workshop provides an overview of the use of social media in domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), providing special attention to grooming practices, popular platforms, and intervention strategies.

Speaker Bios: Jolanda Sallmann is Associate Professor of Social Work and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Her dissertation work explored the lived experience of women in the commercial sex trade and she teaches an undergraduate, general education (Global Studies) course on Human Trafficking. Her primary interests center around violence against women across the life course, including its broader effects on mental health, substance use, criminal justice involvement, poverty, and homelessness.

Shelby Mitchell has worked in the anti-sexual violence movement for 15 years. Throughout that time, Shelby has advocated on a variety of issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, internet crimes against children, stalking, and harassment to name a few. Currently, Shelby is an Anti-Trafficking Victim Advocate in Northeast Wisconsin.

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Queer Advocacy
What Can We Do to Support LGBTQIA+?

This breakout session will focus on a few of the current issues that affect queer individuals' quality of life in our society. Participants discuss how they can be advocates and assist in creating change towards equity and inclusivity for LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Speaker Bio: Stacie Christian, Ph.D. started her professional career in health care administration as a licensed clinical social worker and a nursing home administrator. For over 20 years Stacie was an executive director and administrator in four health care systems and in 2005, Stacie left health care to teach at UW-Green Bay full time as an adjunct which lead to other opportunities at UW-Green Bay. Dr. Christian has served the university in many roles and  is the Director of Inclusive Excellence and Director of the Pride Center of the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. Stacie has provided many hours of SAFE Ally Level 1 and 2 training, Inclusivity and Equity Certificate Level 1 and 2 training for staff and faculty, co-facilitated Inclusivity and Equity Student Leadership training, and has provided many hours of career development training at conferences within and outside of Wisconsin. Stacie is the co-chair for the Council of Diversity Equity and Inclusivity for the UWGB campuses.

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Time Event/Speaker Description
8:30-9 a.m. Registration  
9-10 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Denise O'Neil Green Growing Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decentering Whiteness
10-10:30 a.m. Break / Networking  
10:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout #1
  • Dr. Corey King - Racism and Microaggressions against African Americans
  • Dr. Stacey Christian - Queer Advocacy - What Can We Do to Support LGBTQIA+?
  • Dr. Cary Waubanascum Hawpetoss - Indigenous Erasure in Social Work Education
  • Sheng Lee Yang - Desperate Journeys - Asylum Seekers, Refugees & Immigrants
  • Dr. Jolanda Sallmann with Shelby Mitchell, Family Services - Social Media & Human Trafficking of Youth
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Breakout #2
  • Dr. Corey King - Racism and Microaggressions against African Americans
  • Dr. Stacey Christian - Query Advocacy - What Can We Do to Support LGBTQIA+?
  • Dr. Cary Waubanascum Hawpetoss - Indigenous Erasure in Social Work Education
  • Sheng Lee Yang - Desperate Journeys - Asylum Seekers, Refugees & Immigrants
  • Dr. Jolanda Sallmann with Shelby Mitchell, Family Services - Social Media & Human Trafficking of Youth
1230-1:15 p.m. Lunch  
1:15-3 p.m. Panel Discussion Takeaways and Next Steps
3-3:30 p.m. Networking Opportunity (Optional)
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Continuing Education

Attending the summit in-person will award continuing education credits 5 CEHs/.5 CEUs. Attending virtually will award continuing education credits 1 CEHs/.1 CEUs.


If you have any questions or would like to request free admittance, please contact Teri Zuege-Halvorsen, Executive Regional Manager, Continuing Professional Education at 920-465-2862 or