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Social Work Sets New Record at NASW-MD Advocacy Day

By Professor Jim Forte, Social Work

The Department of Social Work set a new state record – 98 participants at the annual Advocacy Day event in Annapolis (this breaks the record we set last year of 93 participants). Our shouts of greeting during the recognition of each college or university could be heard through the halls of the Miller Senate Building.

Thanks are in order. Thanks to the side coordinators for rounding up students from the middle and the far corners of the state. Thanks to Carrie Taylor for delivering our email notices. Thanks to Chelsea Tyler and Emily Goodchild for assisting with the massive registration process with special accolades to Emily (you did an amazing job). Thanks to Daphne McClellan, Jenni Williams, Jim Kunz and all the other event organizers. Thanks to the Staunton Center for sharing their space for our lunch. Thanks to my mom … You get the idea.

Watta Bundor and Amanda Levergood represented social work to the state delegates (a new Advocacy Day activity). Well done. Many students and faculty attended and supported the 400-person strong rally to “Keep the Door Open” for recipients of behavioral health services. Keep the fight going – for details on the cause and the progress, go to And our students enlivened the workshops on various topics including NASW policy priorities, tools for legislative advocacy, policy practice jobs and solitary confinement.

President Janet Dudley-Eshbach invited the SU social work group to the annual John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Legislative Fellow Award across the hall from our meeting place. In addition to joining us for a photo (thanks Eileen Gilheany for alerting the president to this opportunity), President Janet offered high praises of the department and our social work students to the assembled collection of legislators, staff and students.

To see photos from the event that I and our cadre of photographers took, go to (the folder takes a while to load in browser. click box with arrows – sort by name – to see in sequence).

This year, tornado warnings, bridge closings, car chases and even downtown flooding couldn’t stop us. Let’s break the 100-participant mark next year.

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