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Top 5 Articles of 2015

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant

Here we are, the last week of 2015. This was a year that truly flew by for me. I feel as though we just celebrated the New year a couple of months ago. Some of you may have noticed that the amount of articles being published has dipped a bit in the past three months. I stated teaching back in September and that has been more time-consuming than I anticipated. If you are interested in writing for The Political Social Worker contact me by using the contact link on the blog. In order to be considered topics must be related to macro practice. Note: Three of the top 5 articles of 2015 were written by guest contributors.

  1. New App is on the Go Resource for Social Workers By Rachel L. WestI conducted an interview via email this week with Rachel Monaco, MSW. Rachel is a macro social worker out in California who has recently developed a new app to help social workers find and share local resources.
  2. How We Talk (or Don’t) About Being White By Jennifer PetersenI offer that social workers (and anyone who identifies as a white anti-racist) pull Dolezal from her undeserved media spotlight and into our public and private conversations about whiteness and how we carry that identity as social justice professionals.
  3. Tell Your Assembly Member You Want A Social Worker In Every School By Rachel L. WestLast month Assembly Member Felix Ortiz introduced A6763 in the New York State Assembly. The bill, if passed, would require every School district in New York State to have a licensed social work in each elementary, intermediate, middle, junior high and senior high school. The purpose of the A6763 is to insure that each school has an effective social work program in place to meet the needs of its students.
  4. Being White In America: A Social Worker’s Perspective By Meredith Swinford, LMSWThis concept has been on my heart and mind since Trayvon Martin’s shooting, but has grown heavier and brought more uneasiness as the racially charged events continued to occur over the last few years. I found myself thinking occasionally that I should apologize for being white, being unable to understand fully the people I was trying to support and help.
  5. The Social Worker-Shaped Void In State Legislation By Jennifer PetersenThree months ago I packed my bags in New York City and headed to the Rocky Mountains—Helena, Montana, to be exact—for my first experience as full-time political professional (an opportunity I found through this blog, might I add).  I was curious to see state politics in action and to determine if and where a social worker’s place is in the legislative process.

Thank you everyone who has supported The Political Social Worker this year. Have a happy and healthy new year.

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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