2018 Social Work Day on the Hill

2018 Social Work Day on the Hill


Wednesday, March 21, 2018


The Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) will hold the 4th Annual Social Work Day on the Hill on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 with the support of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, the Center for Social Development at the Brown School and the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work. We have adopted the National Association of Social Workers’ theme for Social Work Month:


leaders • advocates • champions


Schedule of Events

9:00 am Policy & Politics Forum • National Press Club

529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

Register to attend or to view program via livestreaming

Child Development Accounts: Building Assets for All Children from Birth

Dr. Michael Sherraden will discuss his efforts to promote federal legislation that would offer universal child development accounts (CDAs) aimed to improve the lives of low- and moderate-income people by increasing their financial security, developing their financial capability, and improving their educational outcomes. He has accumulated a body of evidence supporting CDAs through work in Singapore, Israel, and several states in the U.S.

Panelists will include: economist Dr. Signe-Mary McKernan, vice president of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population and codirector of the Opportunity and Ownership initiative at the Urban Institute; and Dr. William Elliott, III, an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work who is a leading researcher in the field of children’s savings. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), who sponsored child savings legislation in 2015, has been invited. Dr. Mary M. McKay, the Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School, will moderate the panel discussion.

Dr. Sherraden is the George Warren Brown Distinguished Professor at the Brown School where he is director of the Center for Social Development. He gained national attention for child development accounts with the publication of his book Assets for the Poor.  Dr. Sherraden was elected to the inaugural class of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, serves on the board, and is a co-director of the national initiative 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work. Among other awards, he has been a Fulbright Scholar and listed by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


1:00 pm Panel Discussion with Duke Historian Nancy MacLean

New York University Abramson Family Auditorium • 1307 L St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Democracy in Chains: Can Social Work Help Save Democracy?

Dr. Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and an award-winning scholar of 20th century American history. Her latest book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America explores the disparate influence of libertarianism on American politics and governance. She is a finalist for the National Book Award and has received numerous prizes and awards for her work.

Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.

Following Dr. MacLean’s presentation, a panel of distinguished social work deans will explore social work’s role in helping to preserve democracy moderated by CRISP president Dr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr. They are: Dr. Marilyn S. Flynn, dean of the Suzanne-Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the the 2U Endowed Chair in Educational Innovation and Social Work at the University of Southern California and co-chair of the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work Executive Committee; Dr. Martell Teasley, dean of the University of Utah College of Social Work and president of the National Association of Deans and Directors (NADD); Dr. Edwina Satsuki Uehara is the Ballmer Endowed Deanship in Social Work at the University of Washington School of Social Work and co-chair of the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work Executive Committee.

4:00 pm Social Work Day on the Hill Congressional Reception

Rayburn House Office Building • Room 2043 • 45 Independence Blvd. Washington, DC 20515

Pat White

Join social workers from all walks of life as we celebrate the contributions social workers have made and are continuing to make in the U.S. Congress and the federal government. We will salute Members of Congress who are social workers, congressional and federal staffers and others who have demonstrated a commitment to the pursuit of economic and social justice. Pat White who chaired the 2018 Social Work Day on the Hill Planning Committee will serve as the emcee. She has a distnguished career in philanthropy as a senior program officer for the New York Community Trust and most recently as Executive Director of the Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice at Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work.

The inaugural Social Work Day on the Hill was held March 17, 2015. It was the brainchild of former Brooklyn, NY Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns who served in the House of Representatives for three decades.  A professional social worker, Mr. Towns founded the Congressional Social Work Caucus in 2010 to expand opportunities for social workers to engage Congress and the federal government.  He was succeeded by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) as chair of the Social Work Caucus when he retired in 2013 and helped create CRISP to complement the work of the caucus.  Rep. Lee is one of eight professional social workers currently serving in the House and Senate.

“Having a day for social workers on the Hill was a dream of mine for a long time,” former Congressman Towns acknowledges.  “I hope this tradition goes on for a long time as a day held each year when social workers from all walks of life can gather on the Hill to celebrate the many accomplishments we have made in Congress and salute the many social workers working with the federal government to create a more just and equitable society for all people.  March is Social Work Month so this is the perfect time to do this.”



Social Work Day on the Hill Planning Committee

Pat WhiteChairSenior Program Officer, New York Community Trust, Retired
Edolphus "Ed" TownsHonorary ChairFormer Congressman
Charles E. Lewis, Jr.Events DirectorCRISP
Alice GatesInfluencing Social Policy (ISP)
Angela HendersonCOOCRISP
Angelo McClainCEONational Association of Social Workers
Becki SanderChairAssociation for Community Organizing and Social Administration
Darla Spence CoffeyPresident & CEOCouncil on Social Work Education
Dina KastnerSenior Field OrganizerNational Association of Social Workers
Gary ParkerDirectorClark-fox Policy Institute/Brown School
Lakeya CherryCEONetwork for Social Work Management
Martell TeasleyPresidentNational Association of Deans and Directors
Mary Jo MonahanCEOAssociation of Social Work Boards
Michael SherradenDirectorCenter for Social Development/Brown School
Toni OliverPresidentNational Association of Black Social Workers