PITTSBURGH – Social work students from Chatham University attended The National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter’s (NASW-PA) annual Legislative Advocacy Day in Harrisburg on April 8th, 2014. The purpose of the day was to discuss legislation impacting the social work profession and social service delivery. The event had over 700 social work students and professionals in attendance to meet nearly 200 members of the General Assembly. Following the legislative meetings with the General Assembly, a rally took place on the steps of the capitol rotunda.
Chatham’s social work students took part in meetings with legislators to advocate for the House Bill 1640, which looks to create limited practice protection for social work professionals across the commonwealth, and the Senate Bill 807, which establishes licensure for bachelor-level social workers. The rally that followed lasted the rest of the day and included all of the social work advocates along with members of Congress and the Senate.
Ambrosia Johnson, a junior in the social work program in the Chatham College for Women, voiced, “Attending Legislative Advocacy Day was a great experience. Seeing hundreds of social workers from all over fighting and advocating for something so essential to social workers and their clients made me proud to be a part of the social work community.”
About The National Association of Social Workers
NASW is the largest membership organization in the US for professional social workers, serving more than 130,000. NASW-PA represents nearly 6,000 members in Pennsylvania and works to enhance the professional growth and development of social workers, create and maintain social work standards, and to advance sound social policies.
About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to women’s leadership and issues advocacy, and is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson. Today, Chatham is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to The Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll, been honored by the US EPA, named to Sierra magazines list of top 25 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham will open in early 2014, the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan.
Consisting of three colleges and the Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham’s works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students to create a brighter, healthier tomorrow through the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.