Celebrate Social Work Month With Your Community

3/12/2019
2019-swm-logo-(1).jpgThe social work education community is celebrating Social Work Month across the country. View a list of activities, events, initiatives, and inspiration by state/region and join us in elevating the social work profession. Be sure to tag us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook @CSocialWorkEd and use the hashtags #ElevateSocialWork, #SocialWorkMonth, and #SWMonth to join the larger conversation.
 
  • Arizona
    • Arizona State University—The CEO of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Angelo McClain, will be in Phoenix to celebrate the Social Work Month and to announce the new leader of the NASW Arizona chapter. The university is also hosting an advocacy day for students with Arizona’s Secretary of State as keynote speaker. Secretary Hobbs is a social worker and alumni of the Arizona State University social work program. He serves as the No. 2 state official in Arizona (under the governor). Click here for a list of all events and more details.
 
  • California—View a list of March events at the Univeristy of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
 
  • Canada
    • The Royal Mental Health Centre is showcasing practice-based social work research that’s been presented at various conferences. They are also having an education day focusing on compassion fatigue. Learn more here
 
 
  • District of Columbia
    • Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP)
      • March 19—Participate in the 2019 Student Advocacy Day on the Hill and meet hundreds of social work students from across the country for an exciting day in the nation’s capital. Learn more and register here
      • March 20—Join CRISP for the 5th Annual Social Work Day on the Hill to salute the many contributions social workers have made (and continue to make) to the wellbeing of our nation through their work in Congress and the federal government. Meet and greet social workers from all walks of life, including elected officials, policymakers, educators, and practitioners. Learn more.
    • National Academies of Practice (NAP)—Six social workers were inducted into the National Academy of Practice in Social Work at the 2019 NAP Annual Meeting and Forum on March 9. 
    • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)—NASW names the theme each year for Social Work Month. Their website includes a variety of tools and information on how to celebrate the month and start important conversations about social work. Click here for access to a shareable video, public service announcement, infographic, social media toolkit, and a proclamation
    • Social Work Healthcare Education & Leadership Scholars (HEALS) Student Policy Summit—The 2019 Social Work HEALS Student Policy Summit is in Washington, DC, on March 12-13. HEALS students travel from across the country to meet in our nation's capital to learn about healthcare policy, legislation, and advocacy as well as attend meetings with representatives from their respective states. Stay tuned on the summit by following #SocialWorkHEALS on Twitter. 
 
  • Georgia
    • The University of Georgia School of Social Work is celebrating Social Work Month through a series of events. Click here for the complete schedule and follow #CelebrateSocialWorkMonth on social media. 
 
  • Indiana
    • Indiana University School of Social Work is holding a social work meme contest on Facebook. Share a meme or gif that reflects how you feel about social work and is related to the #ElevateSocialWork theme. Join the contest and view the entries here
 
  • Kentucky
    • Click here to view the schedule of events for the Western Kentucky University Social Work Department.
 
  • Maine
    • Maine State Representative Lori K. Gramlich introduced a joint resolution in the Maine legislature honoring Social Work Month and recognizing all five of Maine’s schools of social work: Saint Joseph's College, University of Maine, University of Maine at Presque Isle, University of New England, and University of Southern Maine. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn to learn more and follow her efforts.
 
  • Maryland
    • The University of Maryland School of Social Work invites you to attend Ending Homelessness: A Summit for Service Providers, an event focused on the Grand Challenge to End Homelessness held on March 26. Register here.
   
  • New York
    • New York University (NYU)—Click here for the NYU Silver School of Social Work schedule of events for March, read the Social Work Month 2019 Proclamation signed by Dean Guterman, and join in celebrating social workers' extraordinary contributions to society.
    • University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York—Click here to learn more about how the UB School of Social Work and its alumni association are celebrating Social Work Month. 
 
  • North Carolina
    • Elizabeth City State University—The university has planned several activities in recognition of Social Work Month with the theme Elevate Social Work: Strengthening Families and Changing Lives in Northeastern, North Carolina.  View the event flyer here and the banner here
    • Fayetteville State University—The School of Social Work at Fayetteville State University has many activities planned in honor of Social Work Month. See this flyer for more information. 
    • University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill—UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work students attended an advocacy day organized by the NASW North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) at the North Carolina General Assembly. Students met with social worker and State Rep. Graig Meyers and NASW-NC Executive Director Valerie Ardent.
    • UNC at Charlotte—Click here for a list of activities UNC Charlotte's School of Social Work is involved in for Social Work Month.
 
  • Ohio
    • The University of Dayton Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Works is elevating students, faculty, and friends by hosting a social event at the climbing wall at the campus recreation center on March 22. See this flyer for additional details. 
 
  • Oklahoma
    • The Oral Roberts University Social Work Program invited News on 6 (a local news station in Tulsa, OK) to a child welfare class that highlighted students' work on using virtual reality to prepare for field education. Click here to read the media coverage.
 
  • Pennsylvania
    • Millersville University
      • March 18—Monica Williams, a Millersville graduate, author, and founder of Women Empowering Women to be Women of Truth, will speak about her new book, How I Learned to Love God and Her. The first 10 students to register will receive a copy of her book for free. Learn more here.
      • March 27—The School of Social Work's Learning Institute will hold a training called Serving our Newest Residents: Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity in Addressing Mental Wellbeing. This training will provide FREE CEUs in honor of Social Work Month. Get your tickets here.
    • NASW Pennsylvania Chapter—On March 25, NASW-PA will host Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD), an annual event at which nearly 1,000 social work students and professionals gather to advocate for legislation that is relevant to the social work profession. Attendees visit their legislators throughout the day and tell them why such legislation is important and how it will serve the Commonwealth. Learn more and register here
    • Shippensburg University
      • March 21—The Gerontology Progam will be hosting an event with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to discuss older adult protective services. Learn more
      • March 25—Shippensburg students are also participating in a field trip to NASW-PA's LEAD in Harrisburg.  
      • March 27—The Deptartment of Social Work and Gerontology will be hosting a panel of alumni and social workers from the community that will talk about their experiences and social work journey. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions, better understand the profession, hear stories of those in the field, and connect with local social workers. Learn more or view the flyer here.  
 
  • South Carolina
    • University of South Carolina (USC)—College of Social Work students and alumni will explain why they chose to study or pursue a career in social work. Follow USC College of Social Work on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to hear their stories. Four USC students also traveled to Washington, DC, to participate in the Social Work Healthcare Education & Leadership Scholars (HEALS) Student Policy Summit. 
    • Winthrop University—The Department of Social Work is hosting several events for Social Work Month. Please view this flyer for more information. 
 
  • Texas
    • University of Houston (UH)—UH Graduate College of Social Work students traveled to the the NASW Texas Chapter' Social Work Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Austin to meet fellow social workers, alumni, and social work students.
    • University of Texas (UT) at Austin —The Steve Hicks School of Social Work - UT Austin is sharing a video on social work and what social workers do. The school is also featuring local social workers like Sara Green-Otero, students, and alumni using #UTSocialWorkMonth on Twitter and Facebook. View the full schedule of March events here
 
  • Virginia
    • CSWE—Here at CSWE we are interviewing CSWE staff social workers, telling their journey to the social work field, and sharing what they love most about social work. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn more about our staff and their stories. 
    • George Mason University
      • March 26—Join the Deptartment of Social Work, in collaboration with the U.S. Public Health Services Social Work Group and the Potomac Health Foundation, for a day-long conference called Behavioral Health: New Challenges and Opportunities. Continuing education credits will be available for $25.00. View this flyer for more information and to access the registration link. 
      • To kick off Social Work Month, the Department of Social Work hosted a hot cocoa bar and button-making event for students to show their social work pride and educate others at the university about social work. Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation shown during the event that includes fun facts about social workers. View other March activities on this flyer or by visiting their website here
    • Norfolk State University—Click here for more information on events hosted by the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work for Social Work Month Calendar, including its Signature Opening Event on March 12.
 
  • Wisconsin
    • NASW Wisconsin Southeast Branch—Celebrate Social Work Month with the NASW-WI Southeach Branch on March 14. Click here for more details. 

Don’t see your state’s activities on the list? E-mail us to let us know how you are celebrating, and we’ll be sure to add your events to the list.
 
Happy Social Work Month from all of us at CSWE!