Judith Wineman

Judith Wineman

Associate Professor, Teaching and Director of CHAMPS

 Expert in social justice organizing, fundraising and legislative campaigns

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Judith Wineman


A Detroit native, Judith Wineman worked in New York City and nationally as a political and community organizer for nearly 30 years after earning her M.S.S.W. at Columbia University. She held leadership positions at ILGWU (now UNITE) Retiree Service Department from 1978 to 1999, then worked as director of AFL-CIO Dept. of Older and Retired Workers until 2002.

After consulting for four years, Wineman in 2006 returned to the Motor City, where she served as development director for the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation until 2010. From 2008 until 2014, she taught B.S.W. courses at Marygrove College.
In addition to her work as a lecturer with the Wayne State School of Social Work, Wineman has worked with Resource Development Consultants and taught English as a Second Language, Developmental English and Spanish courses at Henry Ford Community College.

Degrees and Certifications

  • M.S.S.W., Columbia University
  • B.A., Psycholinguistics, University of Michigan
  • TESOL Certification

Teaching Interests

  • Social welfare policy
  • Macro practice
  • Human behavior in the macro environment
  • Bi-lingual/bi-cultural social work practice
  • Issue advocacy
  • Politics and protocols in social welfare organizations

Areas of Expertise


  • Social justice organizing
  • Legislative and electoral campaigns
  • Fundraising and resource development
  • Multi-lingual outreach and training
  • Policy development
  • Social planning
  • Social action
  • Locality development

Grand Challenges Project

Financial Empowerment for Foster Youth
The School of Social Work is helping to provide critical financial, social and academic support for Wayne State students aging out of foster care through the university’s Transition to Independence Program (TIP), a comprehensive assistance program that provides both tuition scholarships and wraparound support lead by Wineman. TIP is focused on service delivery and enhancements in strategic areas that include direct services to foster care youth and outreach and recruitment to increase the visibility and utilization of the program. TIP is also working to strengthen and expand collaboration and coordination of services with university academic and student success networks and to further develop community partnerships with private human service agencies, schools, government and corporations. Learn more

ACOSA Honors Students for Promoting Foster Youth Welfare
Wayne State’s Coalition of Community Social Workers (CCSW) student organization recently gained national recognition for their efforts to improve Michigan’s foster care system. The Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) gave CCSW its 2016 Outstanding Students of the Year Award for organizing the Michigan’s Children KidSpeak, which brought together a listening panel of elected officials, state policymakers and influencers to hear first-hand accounts of the experiences of youth in the foster care system. With assistance from the CCSW faculty advisor, Wineman, CCSW held the annual KidsSpeak on Wayne State’s campus. The ACOSA award was accepted on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting in Atlanta by M.S.W. advisor Tamarie Willis, B.S.W. student Caleb Claudio, and M.S.W. student Dominique Schroeder. Learn more

Courses taught by Judith Wineman

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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