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Our Social Work Student Association (SWSA) hosted a meaningful, connective conversation last night with social workers / alumni from our community.

SWSA Director Barbara Nicholson, who led the event, said, "Feeling very proud of the SWSA board for planning and hosting this panel event to celebrate National Social Work Month! I had a blast connecting with and meeting all the social workers from the Iowa City area. They had amazing words to share and solidified that I am in the right place for how I want to impact the world we all live in🤍 We are working on formatting the recording to be shared for others to hear their inspiring and helpful words!"

Thanks to all who participated and to Wild Bill's for welcoming the group in a cozy, cheerful space!
Just a reminder to our Social Work community that our Social Work Student Association is inviting you to take part in a Social Work Month panel discussion tomorrow afternoon:

Thursday, March 24th, from 4pm-6pm. Join our SWSA sponsored panel of Social Workers and MSW students from the University of Iowa and neighboring area! There will be prompted questions as well as a discussion.

Join via Zoom Link: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/97918042527 or join in person in Wild Bill's in North Hall!
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University of Iowa students, join Dan the Librarian from University of Iowa Libraries and staff from The University of Iowa Writing Center tomorrow on Zoom or in Wild Bill's to learn "how to library" successfully! Brief presentation at noon, with an opportunity to ask questions afterward. (Zoom link is in the event details.)
❤ Awwww, how sweet! ❤ Last night our Social Work Student Association (SWSA) members got together in Wild Bill's to make Valentine's Day cards for kids and families at Four Oaks in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Marion.

Four Oaks Family and Children's Services is one of the state’s largest child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health agencies, serving over 26,000 children and families across the state of Iowa. 😍
We were happy to host this conversation in Wild Bill's—and we agree that DEI work is everyone’s responsibility.
❤️🧡💛💚💙🤎🖤
Join Dan the Librarian of University of Iowa Libraries at noon today for a 30-minute learning session on the most Frequently Asked (Library) Questions. You can pop in to Wild Bill's in North Hall or log on via Zoom. All students are welcome!
FEDERAL OFFICIALS CRITICAL OF IOWA'S BIAS TOWARDS
INSTITUTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Iowa was once celebrated for its efforts to keep individuals with disabilities in community settings (and out of institutions). Along with Minnesota, it was also one of the early states to dramatically reduce the number of individuals with disabilities who were living in institutions.

Bill Sackter (1913-1983) became a symbol of this shift away from institutions .He was the founder of Wild Bill's, a coffeeshop in Iowa City, and the subject of two movies about his life, 'Bill' and 'Bill On His Own.' His legacy continued in Uptown Bill's (also in Iowa City) and in other projects. You can find out more about his life and spirit at the FB page for Friends of Bill's Coffeeshops

In Des Moines, he is part of the inspiration for Plain Talk Books & Coffee, located in the East Village.

So it's indeed ironic that Iowa has fallen back on the old idea of institutionalizing those with disabilities. The backward drift is so profound that federal inspectors now say that Iowa is 'heavily biased.' toward putting people in institutions.
~ Tom Gilsenan

~ Clark Kaufmann wrote the story below for Iowa Capital Dispatch, an online journalism magazine with a focus on Iowa politics and government.
The new Iowa Magazine is out--and we’re in it! 😍

Check out the story for our latest news about Wild Bill's, 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 The UI Center for Advancement for sharing our story with Iowa alumni and friends!
The new episode of our "Wild Bill's Cup of Social Justice" podcast is available now!

We're calling this one "The Big Pivot."

Co-hosts Stephen Cummings and Jen Knights talk with School of Social Work Director Mercedes Bern-Klug, starting with memories of the past—and then shifting our view and orientation toward what the future holds for Wild Bill's.

Listen at cupofjustice.org or wherever you listen to podcasts.

https://cupofjustice.org/2021/11/02/episode-2-the-big-pivot/
Next week! Wild Bill’s Library Workshop: Research, Ethics, Citations, and Not Getting In Trouble: Our friendly University of Iowa Libraries librarian Dan Gall will be in Wild Bill's (and simultaneously on Zoom) to help you learn "How to Library" at the University of Iowa!

*OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS*

Join Dan the Librarian next Thursday, Oct. 21 to learn about:
• Why cite?
• Citation systems
• Keeping yourself organized
• Tools (endnote, zotero, etc)
• Avoiding problems

Did you miss Dan the Librarian's September workshop on How to Library at the University of Iowa? No worries--we captured it on video!

Mark your calendar for Dan's next session on October 21: Wild Bill’s Library Workshop: Research, Ethics, Citations, and Not Getting In Trouble--available in person at Wild Bill's, online via Zoom, or (later) on YouTube. ALL students are welcome.

Big thank you to University of Iowa Libraries for this great partnership!
Students, join us tomorrow in Wild Bill's or via Zoom to learn "How to Library" with Dan Gall, a very helpful and friendly University of Iowa librarian who wants to help YOU succeed!

This workshop is open to any UI student, and will include time for questions. It's part of a new series of Wild Bill's Library Workshops that we're developing for The University of Iowa School of Social Work and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at The University of Iowa this semester to help students understand the resources available through University of Iowa Libraries.

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

'They help me with anything I need': Iowa City program for artists with disabilities looks to expand 02/11/2022

'They help me with anything I need': Iowa City program for artists with disabilities looks to expand

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.

Photos from University of Iowa School of Social Work's post 02/11/2022

Photos from University of Iowa School of Social Work's post

01/24/2022

"It’s really important to recognize that building a more equitable, more inclusive culture requires all of us working shoulder to shoulder.”

Dean Sara Sanders sat down with a roundtable of faculty to reflect on DEI achievements, setbacks, and aspirations. Read the whole story in the 2021 CLAS DEI Annual Report. #IowaUnity2022

clas.uiowa.edu/2021-dei-annual-report

01/12/2022

Lots of opportunities to participate in Unity Week at Iowa and expand your understanding--Check out https://mlk.uiowa.edu/ for info! #IowaUnity2022

It's now easier to email Wild Bill's 12/22/2021

It's now easier to email Wild Bill's

It's now easier to email Wild Bill's

12/22/2021

Christmas Cheer from Bill Sackter!

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.

University of Iowa School of Social Work Relaunches Wild Bill's as a Learning Lab | University of Iowa 12/22/2021

University of Iowa School of Social Work Relaunches Wild Bill's as a Learning Lab | University of Iowa

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.

Wild Bill's updated their website address. 12/09/2021

Wild Bill's updated their website address.

Wild Bill's updated their website address.

Wild Bill's updated their business hours. 12/09/2021

Wild Bill's updated their business hours.

Wild Bill's updated their business hours.

11/11/2021

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.

Episode 2: The Big Pivot! 11/03/2021

Episode 2: The Big Pivot!

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…

Sen. Tom Harkin visits UI School of Social Work 10/20/2021

Sen. Tom Harkin visits UI School of Social Work

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.

Sen. Tom Harkin visits UI School of Social Work

10/01/2021

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!

09/16/2021

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

Wild Bill's updated their phone number. 09/14/2021

Wild Bill's updated their phone number.

Wild Bill's updated their phone number.

Wild Bill's updated their address. 09/14/2021

Wild Bill's updated their address.

Wild Bill's updated their address.

Systems Unlimited celebrates 50 years of helping people with disabilities live with greater independence | Little Village 09/13/2021

Systems Unlimited celebrates 50 years of helping people with disabilities live with greater independence | Little Village

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!

Systems Unlimited celebrates 50 years of helping people with disabilities live with greater independence | Little Village Terrell Baulmer wants to live on his own, have a pretty girl and a blue Chevy truck. He loves the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Bulls. He has all their socks, shirts and shorts. “I got a four rec draft, Justin Fields of Ohio,” he said, before the NFL season kicked off. Terrell has come a [...]Re...

09/09/2021

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! 😍
https://stories.uiowa.edu/class-2025-numbers

Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop drops the coffee, keeps its mission 09/05/2021

Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop drops the coffee, keeps its mission

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.

08/27/2021

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

Wild Bill's updated their information in their About section. 08/27/2021

Wild Bill's updated their information in their About section.

Wild Bill's updated their information in their About section.

Wild Bill's updated their phone number. 08/27/2021

Wild Bill's updated their phone number.

Wild Bill's updated their phone number.

Wild Bill's updated their website address. 08/27/2021

Wild Bill's updated their website address.

Wild Bill's updated their website address.

Wild Bill's Coffee Shop in Iowa City making way for workshop - Radio Iowa 08/10/2021

Wild Bill's Coffee Shop in Iowa City making way for workshop - Radio Iowa

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...

Wild Bill's updated their phone number. 08/05/2021

Wild Bill's updated their phone number.

Wild Bill's updated their phone number.

08/04/2021

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]

Photos from The University of Iowa School of Social Work's post 07/27/2021

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!

09/30/2020

Council on Disability Awareness - University of Iowa

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

09/01/2020

Wild Bill's Coffee Shop's cover photo

09/01/2020

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!

thegazette.com 06/09/2020

Uptown Bill's leaves Iowa City building after economic impact of coronavirus

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.

healthmattersprogram.org 06/01/2020

COVID-19 Webinar Series

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…

04/14/2020

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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Small cafe in an historic building on the northeast campus of the University of Iowa in the School of Social Work. We are a service learning project of the School of Social Work and employ individuals with disabilities.

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