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Advocacy Day Information

NASW-NC Social Work Advocacy Day

Social Work Advocacy Day was held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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Our advocacy sessions were held at the North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC. This page was used to gather more information about scheduling meetings with your legislators, issue briefs discussed on March 6th and information on visiting the legislature!


Hear from social worker and elected official Representative Meyer about social workers being advocates!


What is Social Work Advocacy Day?

Every other year (in odd numbered years: 2019, 2021, 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 your agency!)
More helpful advice about meeting your legislators in person!
Step 4: Follow Up!


Watch our video to learn step by step how to find the information you need to contact your legislators!


When and Where is Social Work Advocacy Day?

Advocacy Day was held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and our advocacy sessions were held at the North Carolina Museum of History. After the sessions, visits with legislators occurred just down the street at the North Carolina Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC.


Each session included:

  • Keynote Address: Secretary Mandy Cohen, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Advocacy 101 for Social Workers: Kay Castillo, NASW-NC Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation
  •  Social Workers in Office: Representatives Graig Meyer, MSW, House District 50; MaryAnn Black, MSW, House District 29 and Sydney Batch, MSW, JD, House
    District 37


What are the important issues?

Every legislative session, NASW-NC sets priority legislative goals, including the most important issues to our members and the social work community. Click here to view the 2019 NASW-NC Legislative Agenda!

This year, we have chosen the following issues to discuss at Social Work Advocacy Day: 


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 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.


Continuing Education

1.5 hours of CE was provided to licensed/credentialed social workers who requested CE.


Helpful Resources

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

Going through security at the Legislative Building

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.

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