On Thursday, February 26 at 9:00 P.M. EST, the Network for Social Work Management will host the #MacroSW chat and feature Charles E. Lewis, Jr. (@CRISPontheHill), President, Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) and former deputy chief of staff and communications director for former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns, to discuss what the social work profession’s response should be for engaging Congress in pursuit of social justice.
We will explore the following questions:
- What motivated you to become a social worker?
- Do you know there is a Congressional Social Work Caucus and why it was created?
- Do you know how the Social Work Reinvestment Act will help the profession?
- What can social workers do to influence federal policy?
- Have you considered a career in policy?
- Can social workers make a difference if we were more politically active?
- What social worker inspires you the most?
- Congressional Social Work Caucus (http://socialworkcaucus-lee.house.gov/)
- Congressional Research Institute for Social Work & Policy (CRISP) (http://crispinc.org/)
- Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work (http://bit.ly/1APkaAw)
- Rock The Vote (http://www.rockthevote.com/)
- Congress.gov (https://www.congress.gov/)
- Democracy.com (http://democracy.com/)
- Congress for iPhone and Android (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/congress/id291143468?mt=8)
- The Hill (http://thehill.com/)
- Politico (http://www.politico.com/)
- Fast Facts for Congress (http://www.census.gov/fastfacts/)
How to Participate
To participated in the #MacroSW Twitter chat, go to the search box and enter the hashtag #MacroSW and then click on “all.” To join in the discussion include #MacroSW in all your tweets, including replies. Feel free to also use the hashtag #YSocialWork to briefly state what motivated you to become a social worker.
#MacroSW chats takes place on Twitter on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. The chat is a collaboration between the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), USC School of Social Work, the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Karen Zgoda and Sunya Folayan.
If You’re in Washington, D.C. Join Us for Social Work Day on the Hill
Spearheaded by former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns and joined by former Congressman Ronald V. Dellums and current Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA13), Tuesday March 17, 2015 has been declared Social Work Day on the Hill. A reception will be held in Room B-340 of the Rayburn House Office Building from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to highlight the day dedicated to celebrating contributions social workers make to Congress and the federal government. The event’s theme is Engaging Congress in the Pursuit of Social Justice.
More than two dozen social work organizations and schools are collaborating to create the event in conjunction with the Congressional Social Work Caucus, founded by Mr. Towns in 2010 during the 111th Congress. Congresswoman Lee chairs the Social Work Caucus. A focal point of the day will be stepping up efforts to pass the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act.
Former Congressman Ronald Dellums, who served in the House from 1971 to 1988 representing the 9th District in Northern California, will be the keynote speaker for the reception. He later became mayor of Oakland, CA and is currently the Visiting Fellow at Howard University’s Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center. He was the first African American to serve as chair of the Armed Services Committee.
Preceding the reception will be a student lobbying eventorganized by students from several area social work schools led by Shauntia White, an M.S.W. student at the National Catholic School of Social Service at the Catholic University of America and sponsored by the Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers. The forum will be held in the Members Room at the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.
For more information, visit http://crispinc.org/