Click here or listen below to the latest episode of The #MacroSW Podcast for background information on this topic.
- As social workers, we use our voice to engage, to advocate, to try to make things better. From sitting in a room with a client to sitting in a room with the person who is creating/revising policy. What are reasons we should contact or meet with our legislators?
- Share you experience calling or meeting with your legislator. What tips can you give? For those who have not contacted their representative, what questions do you have?
- What policy issues do you currently want to reach out to your legislator about and why?
- There can be power in numbers. Having more people know about an issue and contacting their legislators can make a big impact. What are some ways or resources to increase attention to an issue and have more people calling their representative?
- What are some of your favorite online resources for taking action and advocacy?
Alyssa is employed at the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare, where she earned her BSW and MSW degrees. In addition to her main role working as the Assistant to the Dean for Communications and Engagement, she has been co-hosting The Social Workers Radio Talk Show on the University’s FM radio station (WCBD 90.9 FM) since 2013 (Twitter – @socialworkersfm). She also hosts our podcast – The #MacroSW Podcast!
Alyssa created the course Media Savvy Social Work, which allows students hands-on practice in using the medium of radio for advocacy. She has given multiple presentations on the topic, including at the National Association of Social Workers National Conference in Washington, DC. Through all of her projects, her focus is on seeing the public as client, and using different forms of media to reach individuals who may never has considered seeing or using a social worker. As social work professionals, she believes that we need to be media savvy in sharing our expertise and raising awareness about issues that we care about.