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Alisha Meinen (she/her)

Alisha  Meinen
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program Coordinator
  • Macro Social Work Student Group Faculty Leader
  • Social Work

Professor Alisha Meinen has worked with the Children, Youth, and Families of Wisconsin for more than 15 years. She has diverse social work experience, working with a wide variety of populations at the local, county, and state levels. Alisha has served in a variety of roles including direct practice, consulting, management, and providing education to social workers on best practices. Advocacy and education are her passions. Alisha joined the UWEC Social Work Department in 2019 and enjoys sharing her experiences in the field with students at her alma mater while teaching them the importance of practicing Social Work at the Macro, Mezzo, and Micro levels. 

In her free time, Alisha enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, knitting, traveling, yoga, music, biking, live music, reading, volunteering in her community, and listening to many, many podcasts. 

Teaching Interests
  • Social Welfare Policies and Programs
  • Advanced Child Welfare  
  • Social Work Internship Seminar 
  • Introduction to Social Work  
  • Social Work with Communities and Organizations 
  • Introduction to Social Welfare 
Research and Creative Activities
  • Political Social Work and Advocacy
  • Permanency for Children in Out of Home Care
  • Family Preservation
  • Reverse Planning in Child Welfare 
  • Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Vicarious Trauma in Social Work
  • MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison  
  • BSW, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Certified Social Worker (CSW)