Northwestern social work students attend legislative day

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Northwestern social work students attend legislative day

March 24, 2010

 Social Work Legislative Day

Northwestern Oklahoma State University social work students had the opportunity to meet with state legislators and participate in macro-level practice to learn about effective ways to lobby for a bill and advocate on behalf of others.

Northwestern was represented by nine social work students, as well as Kylene Rehder, social work program director, and Rae Wilson, social work field education director.

Social work students in attendance who are juniors from Enid, included Georgette Bass, Ryan Nall, Shari Moore, Chanti White and Sarah Thompson, senior; Woodward juniors Jamie Henderson, Melissa Wilson and Jaime Duncan, senior; and Stacy Phillips, Emporia, Kan., sophomore.

In honor of social work month, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) played host to the legislative day at the state capitol for social workers on Wednesday, March 10. More than 100 social workers were in attendance, and all six Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited social work programs in the state of Oklahoma were represented.

Speakers included Dr. Lanny Endicott, president NASW-OK; Mary Jo Kinzie, NASW-OK state conference chairperson; Dr. Hugh Clark, NASW-OK executive director; Dr. Leah Taylor, director of stakeholder relations and training provider with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority; Sen. Connie Johnson; and Linda Gray Murphy, lobbyist for NASW-OK.

All social workers in attendance were honored in the House of Representatives for their contributions to Oklahomans.