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2019 Social Work Day on the Hill



2019 Social Work Day on the Hill

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) will host the 5th Annual Social Work Day on the Hill on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in conjunction with the Center for Social Development and the Clark-Fox Policy Institute at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, highlighting the work and accomplishments of the 12 Grand Challenge for Social Work networks.

Three Exciting Events!

9:00 am  Politics and Policy ForumNational Press Club

529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

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.

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. A distinguished panel will join Dr. Sherraden for this important discussion.

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1:00 pm • Young Social Workers Speak!

NYU Abramson Family Auditorium • 1307 L Street, NW • Washington, DC 20005

A panel of social work students and early career social workers will address the question: Can Social Work Help Save Democracy? This question was the subject of a panel discussion during the recent national meeting of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work (NADD) when a panel of deans and directors responded to issues raised in Dr. Nancy MacLean’s book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. MacLean, the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and an award-winning scholar of 20th century American history details the libertarian quest for dominance in American politics and governance.

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

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

Janie Jeffers

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. This year’s event will co-chaired by CRISP board members, Lakeya Cherry and Janie Jeffers. Lakeya is the CEO of the Network for Social Work Management and a doctoral student in the DSW program at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern Calfornia which focuses on developing innovation solutions for the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work. Janie Jeffers has a consulting firm that provides technical assistance to universities and various criminal justice organizations. A graduate of Howard University School of Social Work, she worked in the Clinton Administration and was appointed to the U.S. Parole Commission.

Lakeya Cherry

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 six 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.”

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