2018 Student Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

2018 Social Work Student Advocacy Day on the Hill


Tuesday, March 20, 2018 • All Day!

Morning Program at Trinity Washington University

Visits to Congressional Offices

Reception in the Rayburn House Office Building


Join hundreds of students from social work schools from all across the country for an exciting day in the nation’s capital! More than 400 students from 45 schools and departments of social work from 19 states participated in the 2017 Student Advocacy Day on the Hill held March 9, 2016. This event is sponsored by the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy and the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut.

Morning Program

Our day will begin with a morning program at Trinity Washington University, 125 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. for registration. Continental breakfast will be available. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. We will gather in the O’Connor Auditorium.

Welcome Dr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr., CRISP President
Statement of Purpose Tanya Rhodes Smith, Humphreys Institute Director
Keynote Address Will be announced shortly
Legislative Advocacy Allison Berkowitz, CRISP Legislative Manager
Advice from Hill Staffers Current and Former Hill Staffers
Lessons for Advocacy Do’s and Don’ts in visiting Congressional offices


Congressional Office Visits

Following the morning programs, buses will take you to Capitol Hill for scheduled visits to congressional offices. These visits are being scheduled by Prime Advocacy, so it is important that you register as early as possible. Visits are being scheduled using addresses provided in the registration form. However, you are free to visit other offices of your choosing.

The CRISP leadership team has selected bills that we believe are important in advancing economic and social justice. We suggest these bills, but you are free to advocate for other legislation that you believe is important.


Reception in Rayburn House Office Building

From 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., there will be a reception in Room 2044 on the Ground Floor of the Rayburn Building where you will have the opportunity to meet and greet fellow social work students and social workers. We have invited Hill staffers to come and talk with you. Food and beverages will be served.


Below are links to information that will be useful for your visit to Capitol Hill

Architect’s Virtual Capitol

Lobby Day Tip Sheet

U.S House of Representatives

United States Senate

Who Can Attend?

Social work students and students of allied professions including, but not limited to, public health, nursing, and psychology at all levels–baccalaureate, masters and doctoral–are welcome to participate. Social work faculty, recent graduates and early career professionals are encouraged to attend. Complete the registration form and pay the $25 registration fee. Lunch is not included in the registration fee.