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Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy to Launch

By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) launched by former Congressman and social worker Edolphus “Ed” Towns on April 16th.

Towns, who received an MSW form from Adelphi University (my alma mater, I might add), served in the United States Congress from 1983 until 2013 when he retired.  In 2010 he established the Congressional Social Work Caucus which is now headed by Rep. Barbara Lee.  Last month Towns announced the creation of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy whose mission is to:

  1. to expand the participation of social workers in federal legislative and policy processes and create intern opportunities for social work students;
  2. to link social work research to policy and legislative deliberations on the Hill; and
  3. to employ strategies to raise social workers’ awareness about the federal legislative process

Charles E. Lewis, Jr. will act as the Institute’s Director with Angela Henderson, MSW (Howard University), will be in charge of day-to-day operations.

A reception celebrating the formation of CRISP will be held April 16th at Monocle Restaurant, 107 D Street, NE, Washington DC 20002 from 6 PM to 9 PM.  You can follow CRISP on Twitter @CRISPontheHill and at their blog here.

Deona Hooper from our sister site, socialworkhelper.com, will be at the event and will cover it live on Twitter.  You can follow her @swhelpercom.

Press Release: Towns Announces New Institute

photo credit: jeffsmallwood via photopin cc

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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