Wild Bill’s is open! But it's no longer a coffee shop. As of Fall 2021, we are excited to be operating as simply "Wild Bill's," a learning lab, community space, and classroom.
Wild Bill’s is reopening in Fall 2021 as a learning lab, community center, and classroom—no longer a coffee shop, but still open to the public. In Wild Bill's, University of Iowa students will:
-Learn hands-on social worker skills through labs, discussion groups, and practicum seminars.
-Build community, advocacy skills, and leadership in a social-justice-focused meeting and event space, availab
Operating as usual
The Systems Unlimited, Inc Art Program looks super cool--and don't miss former Wild Bill's staffer Steve Oulman and his art featured in the photo gallery! 👨🎨
'They help me with anything I need': Iowa City program for artists with disabilities looks to expand The program serves 18 artists, but is hoping to work with more individuals and move into a new space, complete with a gallery.
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"It’s really important to recognize that building a more equitable, more inclusive culture requires all of us working shoulder to shoulder.”
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Lots of opportunities to participate in Unity Week at Iowa and expand your understanding--Check out https://mlk.uiowa.edu/ for info! #IowaUnity2022
Wild Bill's will be closed for Winter Break until January 18, when classes start for the University of Iowa spring semester. In the meantime, please enjoy these warm memories of Bill Sackter playing Santa Claus at Christmas time!
And no matter what you celebrate, or how, this time of year, we wish you health, comfort, and joy with your chosen loved ones.
The new Iowa Magazine is out--and we're in it!
Check out the story for our latest news, info about how to support our work, and links to our new "Wild Bill's Cup of Social Justice" podcast and the full documentary about Bill Sackter.
Thanks to The UI Center for Advancement for sharing our story with Iowa alumni and friends!
University of Iowa School of Social Work Relaunches Wild Bill's as a Learning Lab | University of Iowa Forty years ago, an Emmy award-winning TV movie introduced the world to Bill Sackter, a harmonica-playing fixture of the University of Iowa community whose inspirational story helped open doors for people with disabilities.
Social Work students, faculty, and staff-- Celebrate the accomplishments of first-generation Hawkeye social workers today with treats in Wild Bill's!
Donuts, cider, and coffee all day, as long as supplies last.
Listen to the newest episode of Wild Bill's Cup of Social Justice podcast! www.cupofjustice.org
Episode 2: The Big Pivot! Imagine that in the first episode we were facing one direction—looking toward the past. We are going to start there—and during the course of this episode, we are shifting our view and orientation t…
Thank you, Senator Tom Harkin, for visiting the The University of Iowa School of Social Work and for your lifelong work advancing the rights and wellbeing of Americans with disabilities! We are grateful for your service and leadership.
THANK YOU, The Englert Theatre and Jen Knights for helping to tell the amazing story of Wild Bill’s! Now, everyone go see Esteban and the Children of the Sun this weekend!
TODAY! Come to Wild Bill's (or hop on Zoom) at 3:30 to learn "How to Library" from the friendliest librarian on campus! Open to any UI student. Masking is strongly encouraged for in-person attendees.
Details and Zoom link on the @uiowa events calendar at events.uiowa.edu/54289
Happy birthday to Systems Unlimited, Inc! They have been great partners over the years, and we look forward to more collaboration and friendship in the future!
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Welcome, University of Iowa Class of 2025! 🤩
Welcome, University of Iowa Class of 2025! We are so happy you're here! Now, wear your masks and think about a Social Work major! 😍
Thank you, The Gazette, for helping to tell the story of Wild Bill’s “pivot”!
Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop drops the coffee, keeps its mission After 46 years of coffee service from men and women with disabilities – starting with Bill Sackter in 1975 – the University of Iowa’s “Will Bill’s Coffee Shop” has brewed its final cup.
Wild Bill’s is open again! We reopened with the start of the Fall semester, but we're no longer operating a coffee shop in North Hall. We are updating its function as a learning lab for social work students and a community space for all, with a focus on social justice. All are welcome here!
In our initial announcement, we were calling ourselves "Wild Bill's Workshop"--but, in consultation with our colleagues in the disability advocacy community, we have made the decision to drop “Workshop” from the name and simply call this new venture Wild Bill’s.
This approach gives us more flexibility going forward as we develop the new format and adjust programming as we go.
Learn more: socialwork.uiowa.edu/wild-bills
We are on the radio today! Let us know if you heard The University of Iowa School of Social Work staffer Jen Knights on your radio talking about the updated model for Wild Bill’s! Thanks, Radio Iowa, for the coverage. 🎙️📻🎧😁
Wild Bill's Coffee Shop in Iowa City making way for workshop - Radio Iowa A coffee shop created nearly five decades ago to provide work for an Iowa City man with disabilities is changing with the times. Jen Knights is part of the University of Iowa’s School of Social Work, and says they’ve decided to transition “Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop” to “Wild Bill’s Works...
Important announcement about the future of Wild Bill's:
For 46 years, Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop provided employment for persons with disabilities, while also offering the opportunity for UI students to gain experience and understanding working with persons with disabilities. “More than just coffee,” Wild Bill’s has always functioned as a learning lab for The University of Iowa School of Social Work.
Since Tom Walz created the North Hall establishment in 1975 to provide a vocation for Bill Sackter, the number of local coffee shops and kiosks has multiplied and people with disabilities have achieved fuller integration into all parts of the community. Because of this, the University of Iowa School of Social Work in recent years has initiated strategic discussions about how Wild Bill’s can best serve its students and the school’s mission.
As a result of these developments and conversations, Wild Bill’s will not reopen as a coffee shop.
Instead, the space is being reimagined as "Wild Bill's Workshop," a community space, makers' space, and classroom where students will:
• Learn hands-on social worker skills through labs, discussion groups, and practicum seminars.
• Build community, advocacy skills, and leadership in a social-justice-focused meeting and event space, available to campus and community groups.
• Create multimedia projects in a dedicated studio space, to advance understanding of social justice issues, and advocate for the rights and inclusion of marginalized and oppressed people through storytelling. The first of these projects, a new podcast called “Wild Bill’s Cup of Social Justice,” has just launched. (Listen at www.cupofjustice.org or wherever you get podcasts.)
The space also will accommodate CEU learning opportunities for social workers and an exhibit of Wild Bill’s artifacts and photos. UI Libraries Special Collections will ensure proper archiving of historical materials that won’t be on display.
While the space’s purpose may change, the School of Social Work will continue to honor Bill Sackter’s memory, collaborate with the disabilities community to include people with disabilities in the school’s social justice advocacy, and carry on the legacy of innovative social work faculty who came before.
Additionally, Wild Bill’s is expanding its hours and will be open to the UI community and the public for meetings, study space, and other events 8-5 M-F or by appointment, whenever classes are not being held in the space. The coffee shop had previously been open just three days a week.
For more information, please contact Jen Knights, Marketing and Community Engagement Specialist at the The University of Iowa School of Social Work: [email protected]
Wild Bill's has a long history, and we look forward to a bright future!
The University of Iowa School of Social Work has just launched a new podcast, named after "Wild Bill" Sackter. Episode 1 is all about the origin story of Wild Bill's Coffee Shop, Bill Sackter, Barry Morrow, and the School’s learning lab—and we touch a little on the new Wild Bill’s format that we are also announcing soon.
Join co-hosts Jen Knights and Stephen Cummings on "Wild Bill's Cup of Social Justice"--at www.cupofjustice.org or wherever you listen to podcasts.
And stay tuned for more news about what's happening this fall!
Did you know that Diversity at Iowa is hosting monthly virtual discussion opportunities for UI employees that focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion--and that there's a series about Ability? Check it out here, and sign up through your Employee Self-Service dashboard! https://diversity.uiowa.edu/virtual-discussions
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Sorry we forgot to make the official announcement when school started!
To protect our staff from the risk of COVID and do our part to reduce community spread, Wild Bill's will remain closed for the fall semester.
Stay safe, everyone, #MaskUpIA, and we hope to see you again soon!
As you may have heard, our cross-town cousin Uptown Bill's Coffee House has made the difficult decision to close their physical location at this time, due to the financial impact of coronavirus.
Here at Wild Bill's Coffee Shop, we are always closed during the summer, since we are housed within the University of Iowa--but we, too, have some difficult decisions to make about reopening in the fall. We will keep you posted!
thegazette.com After nearly 20 years of supporting various communities in Iowa City, Uptown Bill's Coffee House and Neighborhood Art Center will vacate its Dubuque Street location.
Check out this FREE COVID-19 Summer Webinar Series, offered to help community providers share their experiences in maintaining services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to share information with self-advocates and their families. The next webinar in the series (linked below) is tomorrow at 1:00 CDT!
Presented by the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, through continued partnership with Project SEARCH, and funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, Grant # 17CH03FA20 and Aspire.
healthmattersprogram.org View COVID-19 Webinar Series on the HealthMatters Program YouTube Playlist. Where’s the Outrage: COVID-19 Response Now and Moving ForwardNicole T. Jorwic, J.D., Senior Director of Public Poli…
Stuck at home for a bit? You and your family can still participate in autism research! The University of Iowa is pleased to partner with SPARK, the largest study of autism ever with over 20,000 families participating. SPARK can be done entirely online! Register at SPARKforAutism.org/uiowa.
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