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Silhouette of a hiker on top of a mountain
August 12, 2022 | Simone Sawyer
My first blog, "Finding Balance in Supervision," was my call to action for the justice system to refocus its efforts and create more individualized case plans for people on supervision. As I reread it now, I realize how lofty a goal that is from where I sit. As a third party, I only see the aftermat…
Close-up of three hands, one on top of the other, with a child's hand at the top.
August 2, 2022 | Evident Change
Last summer Evident Change launched an exciting effort: our first nationwide recruitment of bachelor’s-level interns through doctoral candidates to join us as research assistants. Our aim was to enhance Evident Change’s role in growing new researchers in the social justice space and to support the o…
Speranza Gonzalez headshot
July 28, 2022 | Speranza Gonzalez
As a developing researcher at Evident Change, I’ve been focused on Team Decision Making® (TDM™) and child and family team (CFT) meetings. As a former foster youth, I have always thought of TDMs as a safe haven, so when I was given the opportunity to begin my research within TDM/CFT meetings, I jumpe…
Sue Gramling, Wayne strong headshots
July 6, 2022 | Evident Change
Evident Change mourns the loss of two wonderful colleagues and friends: Susan Gramling, JD, and Wayne Strong. Both Sue and Wayne were tirelessly dedicated members of their communities: Sue in Milwaukee and Wayne in Madison. They brought so much to the people around them through both their profession…
Wayne Strong headshot
July 6, 2022 | Evident Change
Evident Change mourns our friend and colleague Wayne Strong, who passed away on June 20, 2022. Wayne Strong joined Evident Change in 2019, working as part of the organization’s justice team on CAIS™ and JAIS™ for adult and youth until 2021. Both within Evident Change and outside of it, Wayne was ded…
Sue Gramling headshot
July 6, 2022 | Evident Change
Evident Change mourns our friend and colleague Susan M. Gramling, JD, who passed away on June 1, 2022. Sue joined Evident Change in 1998 as a senior program specialist. She retired from Evident Change in November 2021 after a long and accomplished career with the organization. Sue is most remembered…
Smiling African American girl swinging on a swing.
May 31, 2022 | Evident Change
Our SafeMeasures® Tips and Tricks webinar series is attracting hundreds of people per session and great feedback from attendees. With its brief format and straightforward approach, each 30-minute webinar packs in a lot of useful information about navigating and using SafeMeasures. The series is gear…
A group of people sitting in a circle, having a discussion.
May 31, 2022 | Deanna Jones
Can you remember where you were 30 years ago? Fashion has changed a bit since then—some things are even back in style! The field of social work has also changed, due in part to a transformative meeting process that was created 30 years ago to benefit all parties at the table. The meeting process mad…
A colorful graphic that says Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May 20, 2022 | The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The term AAPI is generally used and includes all people of Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander descent. Why May? May 7, 1843, marks the first arrival of Japanese immigrants to the United States, and May 10, 1869, recognizes complet…
Simone Sawyer in her office showing off her many tattoos.
May 4, 2022 | Simone Sawyer
Who decided tattoos, piercings, and colorful hair aren't acceptable in professional spaces? Why should I cover up my tattoos, remove piercings, or tone down my hair to work with a client population that often looks just like me? Even at the executive or administrative level, why should my appearance…