2018 NASW National Conference Features Voter Engagement Teach-In On Capitol Hill

PrintAn exciting highlight of the 2018 NASW National Conference is the Voter Engagement Teach-In On Capitol Hill! In 2018, voter registration and turnout will be critical. Social workers can play an important role in getting people registered and out to vote.

Join a group of experts on voter engagement for an interactive session on June 20th, the first day of the 2018 NASW National Conference, which runs through June 23 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

NASW will facilitate the panel discussion to maintain focus on mobilizing for the 2018 mid-term elections. Teach-Ins are meant to be practical, participatory, and oriented toward action. While our Voter Engagement Teach-In will include experts lecturing on their expertise – discussion, and questions from the audience are welcome and encouraged.

2018 NASW Voter Engagement Teach-In Panel

  • Panel Moderator – Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA, NASW Social Justice & Human Rights Manager.
  • Tanya Rhodes Smith, MSW, Director, Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.
  • Harper Jean Tobin, JD, MSSA, Director of Policy, National Center for Transgender Equality.
  • Additional panelists may be added.

2018 NASW Voter Engagement Teach-In Logistics

  • The Teach-In will take place on Capitol Hill from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20. A group photo is scheduled in front of the Capitol following the event.
  • Transportation will be provided between the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and Capitol Hill. Participants will meet at the 24th Street Entrance of the hotel. Buses will depart at 7:00 AM and buses will drop participants off at Garfield Circle on Capitol Hill (and pick them up there for the return trip to the hotel at 11:00 AM).
  • Teach-In questions should be referred to dkastner.nasw@socialworkers.org. Please note: event details and logistics are subject to change and final logistics will be available prior to the start of conference.

To learn more about the 2018 NASW National Conference and to register for conference and the Voter Engagement Teach-In, please visit the NASW website. Stay tuned for exciting updates. For general conference questions, email naswconference@socialworkers.org. We hope to see you in Washington in June!


  1. This panel seems like a waste of time. Do you not think the election in November might be of interest? Voter registration will be over by the time you hold your teach in.

    I am told the reason we have no plans for SW FL voter turn out is that NASW has recently hired someone (Nationally) to do something?

    Since 2/3rds or better of FL voters vote by mail, you might want to shake a tail feature. (Congressperson) Rooney is far more interested in legislating female ovaries to accommodate his religious convictions than presenting any legislation. Also the GOP does not need two Senators from FL to further attack the poor, the female and the workers in this country. /So there’s a lot going on the the whole country to be sure, but FL matters.

  2. I am writing about the current practice of removing children from their parents at the border. This unprecedented practice is inhumane and goes against every social work value and principal I know. I have practiced social work for over 30 years in child welfare, pediatrics and education, and I understand what trauma and consequences this new current practice will have on the lives of children and families. If we truly value families and children as we love to say, then every organization that works with families and children must stand out and strongly protest this practice.

  3. ihope iam social worker so iwant knowlege

  4. ihope you will include apaelist fromthe conservative view of voter registration

  5. I hope you will include a panelist from the Conservative view of voter registration. It is also hoped this teach in will encourage voter registration in all socioeconomic areas, not just the disenfranchised neighborhoods. All US citizens have the right and responsibility to register and vote.

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