From boots on the ground to decision makers in Congress
In a time of uncertainty and unrest, as societal norms and structures are being challenged, it’s important to stay true to our profession’s ethics and values. Especially when issues surrounding advocacy are controversial and emotions are overwhelming, we still must strive to fulfill our commitment as social workers.
For the College of Social Work, the charge to stand firm in its convictions and advocate for those whose voices are often suppressed or ignored is ever present. We stand firm. We stand tall. We advocate for those who need it most. We advocate for those whose voices are often silenced.
Social workers are experts who have hands-on experience with helping those most in need, understanding social problems, and tackling them from the ground up. It is important to create opportunities to place social workers in positions to advocate in front of decision-makers, or better yet, hold a position of leadership allowing them to be the decision-maker.
Recently, we’ve celebrated more and more social workers campaigning to be in decision-making positions. This can start from school boards, to city councils, to being elected as representatives in the United States House of Congress.
It’s important that we equip our students with best-practice training to not only be clinical social workers but also to be strategic and successful advocates for the populations in which they serve.
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