Northwestern social work students travel to the state Capitol for Legislative Day

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Northwestern social work students travel to the state Capitol for Legislative Day

March 21, 2011
Social Work Legislative Day
Kylene Rehder, Social Work Department chair, and 22 social work majors from Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently attended a social work Legislative Day at the Capitol. 

In honor of social work month, 22 social work students from Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently attended the National Association of Social Workers, Oklahoma Chapter (NASW-OK) legislative day at the state capitol.

More than 150 social workers were in attendance and all six Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited social work programs were represented from the state of Oklahoma.

Legislative day provides an opportunity for social work students and practitioners to participate in macro-level practice and learn effective ways to advocate on the behalf of others.

Speakers included Sandra Harrison who presented “Lobbying Process and the Social Worker’s Role;” Mary Jo Kinzie, NASW-OK Political Action Election Campaign (PACE) chair; Sen. Connie Johnson; and Dr. Hugh Clark, NASW-OK executive director.

Participants had the opportunity to visit the Senate and House chambers and speak with senators and representatives.

The students who joined Kylene Rehder, social work director, at the event included Woodward students Delon Brewer and Linda Hise Cline, freshmen; Clarissa Fifield, junior; Bree Henricks, sophomore; Sarah Merriman, senior, Jennifer Pribble, junior; Jennifer Tunks, freshman; and Melissa Wilson, senior; junior Enid students Georgette Bass, Jennifer Ghigna, Jennifer Griffin, Kamelle James, and Shari Moore, senior; Lorrie Corbin, Shattuck junior; Megan Clark, Garber junior; Vera Featherston, Norman senior; Brittany McLain, Follett, Texas senior; Ana Estrada, Hooker junior; Jason Thompson, Buffalo sophomore; B.J. Meyer, Medford senior, Melissa Postier, Covington senior; Karmen Andrews, Alva senior.

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