Open Mic Night! #MacroSW Chat July 23 at 9pm EST

Update: Chat archive available here! Also our no topic topic generated a large summer media list you might enjoy:

IMG_0390Join host @karenzgoda and the #MacroSW crew on the eve of our annual Summer vacation for an hour of YOUR issues, comments and ideas for future chats on Thursday, July 23rd at 9 pm ET / 8pm CT / 6pm PT! We’ll take a break for the month of August (no chats). Then we return to our regular schedule of chats on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Fall Schedule Highlights:

  • 9/10/2015 Host: Pat Shelly/UB Topic: Trauma-informed care What is Trauma-Informed Care and Why is Social Work adopting it as a Best Practice? @UBSSW faculty Sue Green and Tom Nochajski, Directors of the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care ( ITTIC – ) will be the resident experts for this chat, on the eve of the 14th anniversary of 9-11. There has been a great leap forward in the research on trauma, the ubiquity of Adverse Childhood Experiences ( ACEs – ) and the benefits and best practices of trauma-informed care.
  • 9/24/2015 Host: TBA Topic: TBA 10/8/2015 Host: Laurel Hitchcock & Jimmy Young Topic: Inequality for All Film Discussion ABOUT #MACROSW

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held bimonthly on Twitter on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). For more information, chat schedule, and chat archives check out: Our collaborators include:

  • Association for Community Organizing and Social Administration (ACOSA), @acosaorg
  • Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, Instructor of Social Work at Bridgewater State University, @karenzgoda
  • Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), @TheNSWM
  • Rachel West, The Political Social Worker, @poliSW
  • University at Buffalo School of Social Work, @ubssw
  • Sunya Folayan, MSW, ACSW, founder/executive director, The Empowerment Project, Inc., @SunyaFolayan
  • Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama at Birmingham,@Laurelhitchcock
  • Kristin Battista-Frazee, MSW, Author and Marketing Consultant, @porndaughter

We wish to acknowledge the contribution of one of our founding members, the University of Southern California School of Social Work, who was a participant during our first year of chats.


  1. I would have enjoyed this conversation. Activism is about all we have left or this fight is going to be over. Don’t dance around in the state capitals only to think we have a shot at this outcome. We must go with educating the public and put forward boldly progressive plans for changing that environment. I have many ideas on this if anyone is interested.


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