Northwestern students celebrate Social Work Month at the capitol

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Northwestern students celebrate Social Work Month at the capitol

 Legislative Day at the Capitol
In honor of social work month, Whitney Austin, Brittany Stewart, Rep. Jason Nelson and Amber Cook take a moment to pose for a photo at the state capitol.
 Social Work Month
During a trip to the capitol for legislative day, Northwestern students (from left) Ana Gomez, Jennifer Diener and Jennifer Ghigna are photographed with Mary Jo Kinzie, National Association of Social Workers-Oklahoma chapter executive director.

Students from the Department of Social Work at Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently attended the National Association of Social Workers-Oklahoma (NASW-OK) chapter legislative day at the state capitol in honor of social work month.

Social work students and professionals were in attendance to learn about legislative issues impacting the social work profession. 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.

“Legislative day is always an exciting opportunity for students because they learn effective policy action and ways to formulate policies that advance social well-being,” said Kylene Rehder, Department of Social Work chair.

Speakers included Mary Jo Kinzie, NASW-OK executive director; NASW-OK Political Action Election Campaign (PACE) chair Priya Desai and several legislators. Participants had the opportunity to visit the Senate and House chambers and speak with senators and representatives.

Northwestern students in attendance were Kylie Pethoud, Seiling sophomore; Jennifer Diener, Enid senior; Jennifer Ghigna, Enid senior; Amber Cook, Yukon junior; Whitney Austin, Pratt (Kan.) junior; Ana Gomez, Enid senior; and Brittany Stewart, Enid junior.