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Social Work Advocates Magazine

NASW takes part in Conference on Aging

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW Social Work Pioneer® Bernie Nash is a nonagenarian who has a long history with the White House Conference on Aging. He was a delegate to the very first conference — held in 1961 — and delivered the opening remarks at the most recent WHCoA in July. “The first (conference) was very exciting; President Eisenhower ... Read More »

Social workers discuss ways to undo racism

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Racism triggers deep emotions in the U.S. It is a word with different meanings for diverse populations. It can bring about shame and avoidance for some and justifiable resentment for others. Can some good happen from the racial tension of today? Social workers with experience in this area believe it can. But they say ... Read More »

Guam Chapter focuses on licensing, LGBT issues

By Rena Malai, News staff Picture Hawaii, just a little smaller, a little more humid and a lot more diverse. That essentially is Guam, according to Ovita Perez, manager of NASW’s Guam Chapter. She says she was a late bloomer — social work-wise — and received her bachelor’s in social work in 2006 from the University of Guam. Originally planning ... Read More »

Hundreds participate in NASW’s virtual career fair

By Rena Malai, News staff About 1,400 social work job seekers across the U.S. signed up for NASW’s first virtual career fair in May. Virtual interviews were conducted for social work positions in a variety of areas, including behavioral health, medical, case management, and therapy. About 24 employers — such as Kaiser Permanente, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, United ... Read More »

Panels discuss international workforce support

By Rena Malai, News staff Participants of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance’s second annual symposium discussed strategies to develop and support the social service workforce internationally. About 365 attendees — including social work practitioners, educators, students and NASW members — took part in the symposium, either virtually or in person. NASW is part of the alliance’s steering committee, and ... Read More »

Report: LGBT people of color face higher risk of poverty

By Greg Wright, News contributor Poverty rates among people who are LGBT are high, but economic insecurity is even greater for LGBT people of color, according to a report released by the Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress. NASW is a partner on the report, titled “Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT People of Color.” About ... Read More »

Mother, daughter earn MSWs together

By Rena Malai, News staff When Evelyn Scott’s daughter, Jasmine, told her they should go to graduate school together, she thought Jasmine was kidding. “It started as a joke,” Evelyn Scott said. “But going to grad school was on my bucket list, so we made a Christmas plan in 2013 to apply together.” The Durham, N.C., residents and NASW members ... Read More »

Three social workers make ‘most influential’ list

By Rena Malai, News staff Three social workers — U.S. Sen. Barbara Milkulski, D-Md.; Congressional Social Work Caucus Chairwoman U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. — are included in a book called “Powerful Women: The 25 Most Influential Women in Congress,” which congressional news provider CQ-Roll Call released in May. The book lists the 25 ... Read More »

Pioneers launch ’60 for 60′ campaign

By Rena Malai, News staff This year marks NASW’s 60th anniversary, and the NASW Foundation has announced the “60 for 60” fundraising campaign in recognition of the milestone. The campaign honors NASW’s accomplishments over the last 60 years and promotes the social work profession’s contributions to bring major positive changes in American society. Social workers advocated for the creation of ... Read More »

Reasons complex for Baltimore uprising

By Laetitia Clayton, News staff On May 1, Miesha Rice marched proudly — and peacefully — with others through the streets of Baltimore, following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose spinal cord was injured while in police custody on April 12. Gray died from his injuries on April 19. “We marched for about four hours, all ... Read More »