Warner University Social Work faculty accompanied eight social work students to Tallahassee for Florida National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (L.E.A.D.) April 9, 2013. The studens are all majors in social work and enrolled in Mrs. Anderson’s Social Welfare Policy class. The NASW Code of Ethics mandates social workers to:

  • Engage in social/political action
  • Be aware of the impact of policy on practice
  • Advocate for changes in policy to improve social conditions
  • Promote social justice

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) encourages social work students and professionals to visit their state capital to educate the Representatives and Senators about the needs of vulnerable populations and to advocate for the well-being of all its citizens. In SWK-2030 Social Welfare Policy, students were assigned to research two State Bills currently being addressed in 2013 state legislature, and meet with their State Representative or Senator (or as is usually the case, the Legislative Aide) and educate them on the bill and ask for their support or nonsupport depending on the bill selected.

This is the fourth year Warner University students have participated in this event. The students not only get to see history in the making but the visit also allows them to have their voice heard by our elected officials and begin to understand the process of how a bill moves through the system to actually be signed into law by the Governor.