Judith Wineman

Judith Wineman

Lecturer and Director of the Transition to Independence Program



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 teaches 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

Office Location

5447 Woodward Avenue, Rm 026

Courses Taught

SW 3110 Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice

SW 3410 Foundations of Ethics and Values in Social Work

SW 3710 Social Welfare and the Social Work Profession: History, Trends and Basic Concepts

SW 7065 Foundation Macro Theory and Practice

SW 7720 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy in the United States

SW 8770 Advanced Policy Analysis

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