Social work students visit Capitol for Legislative Day

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Social work students visit Capitol for Legislative Day

March 13, 2012

 Legislative Day at the Capitol
Kylene Rehder, Social Work Department chair, and 24 social work majors from Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently attended a social work Legislative Day at the Capitol. Social work students include (from left, first row) Danielle Wadsworth, Megan Pruitt, Brenda Bribiesca, Ana Estrada, Sarah Merriman, Renae Acker, (second row)  Rehder, Karmen Andrews, Nicole Weyrick, Connie Stephens, Megan Clark, Janel Boyer, (third row) Clarissa Fifield, Jennifer Pribble, Jennifer Griffin, Crystal Bryant, Tabitha Ward, (back row) Melissa Wilson, Kim Ochoa, Kamelle James, Lacey Vaughan and Mindi Cordell. Connie Johnson, Jessica Waller and Rita Lyons are not pictured.  Photo provided.

In honor of social work month, 24 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 with Kylene Rehder, Social Work Department chair.

More than 100 social workers 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. This day assists social work students in learning to analyze and formulate policies that advance social well-being and effective ways to collaborate with colleagues for effective policy action.

Speakers included Shirley Russell, program director, Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Legislative Liaison; Mary Jo Kinzie, NASW-OK executive director; and Priya Desai, NASW-OK Political Action Election Campaign (PACE) chair.

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

The students who joined Rehder at the event included Ana Estrada, Hooker senior; Brenda Bribiesca, Garden City (Kan.) junior; Clarissa Fifield, Woodward senior; Connie Johnson, Ringwood junior; Crystal (Newman) Bryant, Alva junior; Danielle Wadsworth, Fargo senior; Janel Boyer, Enid senior; Jennifer Pribble, Woodward senior; Jessica Waller, Enid junior; Kamelle James, Enid senior; Karmen Andrews, Alva senior; Lacey Vaughan, Lamont senior; Megan Clark, Lamont senior; Megan Pruitt, Ames senior; Melissa Wilson, Woodward senior; Mindi Cordell, Enid junior; Nicole (Kelley) Weyrick, Alva junior; Renae Acker, Alva senior; Rita Lyons, Enid senior; Sarah Merriman, Woodward senior; Tabitha Ward, Enid senior; Connie Stephens, Enid senior; Kim Ochoa, Tonkawa senior; and Jennifer Griffin, Enid senior.