ACOSA Night at #MacroSW Twitter Chats
Advocating for Macro Social Work: ACOSA turns 30 in 2017!
By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant
ACOSA Board Member
Thursday December 15th is ACOSA night at #MacroSW Twitter Chats. I have been active in ACOSA for well over four years. Last year I was appointed to sit on the board. As part of my duties I co-chair the Communications Committee. You may have seen me post info about ACOSA on this blog. For those who aren’t aware about ACOSA let me tell you a little about the organizations history and mission.
The Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) is a membership organization for community organizers, activists, field instructors, community builders, policy practitioners, students, and educators. Since its formation in 1987, it has promoted teaching, research, and social work in the area of community practice by accomplishing the following:
- Hosting a website for community practice curriculum material, event announcements, Special Commission resources; actions from the field, and student viewpoints;
- Establishing and operating the Journal of Community Practice;
- Soliciting and reviewing proposals for the community practice track at CSWE’s Annual Program Meeting;
- Recognizing emerging scholars, contributions to the field, and lifetime achievement in community practice with its awards; and
- Supporting the establishment of Macro Social Work Student Network chapters.
The Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work (SC) was formed in 2013 to address the low percent of all MSW students enrolled a macro concentration/specialization, and limited macro content in many BSW and MSW programs. “20 in 2020” is one of the initiates undertaken by the commission. The goal is to have enrollment in a macro concentration or method up to 20% of all social work graduate students country-wide by the year 2020. SC has now partnered with ACOSA; SC materials are posted on the ACOSA website.
As part of its 30th anniversary, ACOSA will be conducting a strategic visioning session in June. This chat will give you the opportunity to learn more about ACOSA and the Special Commission and contribute your ideas to how this professional association might lead in the future.
The Chat starts at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST. I (@poliSW) will host and will be joined by incoming ACOSA Chair Rebecca Sanders.
- What concerns do you have about the current state of social work macro practice?
- What can be done to strengthen macro practice?
- Are you a member of ACOSA? If not, why not? What would draw you in?
- Were you aware of the Special Commission? Have you seen the materials it has produced?
- Looking ahead, what should be ACOSA’s top priorities?
#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis.
- Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), @acosaorg
- Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, Instructor of Social Work at Bridgewater State University, @karenzgoda
- Kristin Battista-Frazee, MSW, Author and Marketing Consultant, @porndaughter
- Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama at Birmingham, @laurelhitchcock
- Pat Shelly, MSW, Director of Community Engagement and Expansion, University at Buffalo School of Social Work, @ubssw and@PatShellySSW
- Rachel L. West, LMSW, The Political Social Worker, @poliSW
- Sunya Folayan, MSW, ACSW, founder/executive director, The Empowerment Project, Inc., @SunyaFolayan
- Vilissa Thompson, LMSW, Founder of @RampYourVoice, Disability Rights Consultant and Advocate, Macro Social Worker @VilissaThompson Blog: http://rampyourvoice.com/