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You Should Run

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant

One takeaway from the past three weeks is that more social workers need to run for elected office. We need to run for public office at all levels of government, and that includes our local school board.

There are plenty of resources to help you get started. EMILY’s List offers training for pro-choice progressive women. ¬†Some schools of social work now offer tracks or concentrations in political social work. I recommend following CRISP’s blog. Charles Lewis always writes insightful posts regarding social policy and the role of social workers in politics. CRISP is organizes ¬†Advocacy Day on the Hill, which will take place on March 9th.

Every year Influencing State Policy hosts Policy Conference 2.0. This years conference will take place from June 1st-3rd in St. Louis, Missouri. You can register here.

Every year UConn’s Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work runs a campaign school that offers training to social workers interested in running for office or working on campaigns. This years Campaign School will take place on March 3rd and 4th. You can learn more about this years program, including how to register, here.

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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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