On Jan. 18, the Child Welfare Training & Advancement Program (CWTAP) will receive the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Volunteer Recognition Award. The tribute recognizes the distinguished service of community members in the six health science schools: dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, medicine and social work. This event is part of a series of UW MLK Week celebrations and performances. 

CWTAP, which began in 1992, promotes training excellence for Washington state’s child welfare workforce and provides financial support to social work students and professionals. The state-funded partnership links the resources of the School of Social Work, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence and the state’s Department of Social and Health Services’ Children’s Administration. Since its inception, the program has graduated more than 300 MSW professionals.

 “CWTAP has diligently worked to meet its goals of educating and training a culturally humble, racially diversified, equity-focused committed workforce,” noted Nancy Farwell, associate professor, in her nominating letter. “CWTAP is committed to a multi-systemic collaborative approach, serving students, communities, the welfare of children and families, and the social work profession. The CWTAP team itself is an example of excellence in the profession of social work and the field of child welfare…with a combination of more than 100 years of experience.”

The CWTAP team will be honored at a breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at the School. Staff and faculty are invited to attend. The UW health sciences award ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. in the lobby of the UW Health Sciences Center. This year's keynote is by Jorge Barón of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, a local leader on immigration issues.​

The annual event, sponsored by the UW Health Sciences Administration and the UW Medical Center, commemorates Martin Luther King Jr., and his legacy of strength, resilience and compassion that has sparked civic responsibility and action around the globe.

During MLK Week 2018, you can roll up your sleeves and serve, be inspired by performances, learn about race and democracy, bear witness to artifacts of injustice and justice, and more. Learn all about all MLK Week here.