NC State University Faculty Member wins NASW-NC Advocacy Award
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
January 30, 2014
Contact: Kay Castillo, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation
Selected as NASW-NC Myrna Miller Wellons Advocacy Award Recipient
Zelter, MSW, Clinical Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University
(NCSU) Department of Social Work has been selected as the 2014 Myrna Miller
Wellons Advocacy Award recipient.
Ms. Zelter was selected by the National
Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) Legislative
Committee as this year’s recipient because of her deep advocacy roots on behalf
of the social work profession and social work students of North Carolina. Ms.
Zelter has been involved in advocacy for a number of years and most recently
participated in the "Moral Monday” events held at the North Carolina General
Assembly. Ms. Zelter was arrested during the "Moral Monday”protests for
civil disobedience. A video with her arrest story can be viewed here:
to her advocacy during the 2013 Legislative Session, Ms. Zelter has worked to
secure macro placement internships for students at NCSU and has created
twenty-one placements in just nine months. Ms. Zelter serves as the chair of
the Diversity, Retention, and Recruitment Committee at NCSU which has developed
a men's social work group, outreach to student veterans and Lesbian Gay
Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students. She also serves as faculty
partner to the university’s Center for Student Leadership, Engagement, and
Public Services (CSLEPS) to provide students with a deeper knowledge in issues
of citizen engagement such as Voter Suppression and the Affordable Care Act.
the university, Ms. Zelter is a frequent visitor to Death Row prisoners at
Central Prison in Raleigh where she provides friendship and spiritual support. Ms. Zelter is a member of NASW, the North Carolina Conference
of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the North
Carolina Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Democracy NC,
and the North Carolina Justice Center.
About the Award
Miller Wellons Advocacy Award is named after past NASW-NC Government Relations
staff and social worker, Myrna Miller Wellons. Mrs. Wellons was a tireless
advocate for many issues and was a mentor to social workers across the state.
The award is given annually to someone who is a champion for impacting policy
both for the social work profession and the clients served by social workers.
will be given at NASW-NC’s Annual March Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon
on March 7th, 2014 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC.