Wednesday, March 1, 2017
This year our advocacy sessions will be held at the North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC
Registration is now OPEN!
What is Social Work Advocacy Day?
Every other year (in odd numbered years: 2017, 2019, etc.), the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) invites hundreds of social workers and social work students to the North Carolina General Assembly to participate in NASW-NC Social Work Advocacy Day. Advocacy Day is only offered every other year due to the NC General Assembly's legislative session schedule. The goal of this event is to further social workers’ knowledge about policy issues in substantive areas of social work practice, teach participants about legislative advocacy, and provide an opportunity for social workers to educate their legislators about the social work profession and important client issues.
The most important part of Advocacy Day is your meetings with your Representative and Senator! We know that meeting with your legislators can feel scary if you have never met with them before! We recommend building a relationship with your legislator before you come to Advocacy Day to help ease your nerves!
Step 1: Email your legislator
Step 2: Call your legislator
Step 3: Visit them in person and plan for that visit (or invite them to you agency!)
Step 4: Follow Up!
When is Social Work Advocacy Day?
Advocacy Day is Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and this year, our advocacy sessions will be held at the North Carolina Museum of History. After the sessions, visits with your legislators will occur just down the street at the North Carolina Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC.
"Poverty and Public Policy in North Carolina: A War on Poor People"
Dr. Gene Nichol, Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC School of Law
Director of the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund
- Advocacy 101 for Social Workers: How and what do I talk to my legislators about? Why is it important for social workers to be here?
Kay Castillo, NASW-NC Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation
- Representative Graig Meyer, MSW, NC House District 50 and other invited North Carolina Legislators will address participates on tips for social work advocacy.
8:00 am - Registration Opens
8:30 am - Session Begins
10:00 am - Session Concludes
Participants are encouraged to schedule a meeting with their legislators anytime after 10:00 am.
9:45 am - Registration Opens
10:30 am - Session Begins
12:00pm - Session Concludes
Participants are encouraged to schedule a meeting with their legislators anytime after 12:00 pm.
Lunch on your own.
The remainder of the day participants will be expected to meet with their legislators during appointments made in advance by participant, attend committee meetings, and take a self-guided tour and photos of the North Carolina General Assembly.
Scheduling a meeting with your legislator (blog post)
Throughout the day, use social media. Here's a Social Media Cheat Sheet to get you started!
What to talk to your legislators about
We encourage you to use Social Work Advocacy Day as a day to talk to legislators about issues that are impacting you as a social worker. As we get closer to the event, we will update this page with recent bills filed that impact the profession.
You may also chose to discuss an item on our 2017 Legislative Agenda with your legislators. Click here to view the 2017 NASW-NC Legislative Agenda.
However, feel free to bring your own fact sheets and other information you'd like to share with your legislators. In 2015, legislative talking points included:
What are the important issues?
- Every legislative session, NASW-NC Chapter sets priority legislation, including the most important issues to our members and the social work community. 2017-2018 Legislative Agenda coming soon!
- Stay up-to-date on NASW-NC’s advocacy efforts.
Why is Advocacy Day Important?
Through the help and support of advocates just like you, we are able to advance the interests of the social work profession and issues of social and economic justice in the North Carolina General Assembly. Advocacy Day helps you fully understand how that process works.
Letter to social work internship supervisors.
How much does it cost?
Advocacy Day is FREE but in order for us to make the NASW-NC Advocacy Day possible, we rely on contributions to keep the event free to attendees. Please consider contributing to this effort to help connect the social work profession to those who represent us and our communities at the North Carolina General Assembly. Suggested contributions are $20 for nonmembers and $10 for members.
1 hour of CE will be provided to licensed/credentialed social workers.
2017 NASW-NC Legislative Agenda
Advocacy Dos and Don’ts
Find your Legislator
Scheduling a meeting with your legislator (blog post)
NC General Assembly Website: Visiting the State Legislative Complex
The Day Of
Parking, Eating, What to Wear
Legislative Committee Meetings- what meetings can I attend while I'm at the Legislative Building?
Be sure to check out the NC General Assembly website for an updated calendar the day of! Often, meetings get scheduled overnight or cancelled the day of. The Senate and House usually go into session around 2:00 pm. This will also be announced the night before. All meetings are open to the public.
Learn more tips from NASW-NC's Advocacy Handbook.
Know your rights as a county, city or state employee!