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Social Work Student Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill!

Join hundreds of students from social work schools from all across the country for an exciting day in the nation’s capital! More than 400 students from 45 schools and departments of social work from 16 states registered for the Student Advocacy Day on the Hill held March 1, 2016. This event is sponsored by the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy, the Social Work Department of Gallaudet University and the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut.

This year’s activities will begin with a opening program at the Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University. Buses will transport you to Capitol Hill where you will have the opportunity to meet with Congressional staff and advocate on legislation critical to social workers and the people we serve. We will return to Gallaudet University after congressional office visits for the screening of the YVOTE video documentary.

Students will be scheduled to visit the office of the Congressional Member representing the district that your school resides in. However, time permitting students will also have the opportunity to vist the office of their local Congess Member or the offices of members of the Congressional Social Work Caucus. Congressional offices will be notified in advance of impending visits.

Who Can Attend?

Social work and public health students at all levels–baccalaureate, masters and doctoral–are welcome to participate. Social work faculty, recent graduates and early career professionals are encouraged to attend. Complete the registration form and pay the $15 registration fee (lunch is not included).


CRISP is looking for student leaders to assist with the planning and organizing of the Student Day on the Hill event. As a leader you will work with Student Advocacy Day on the Hill organizers as we prepare for the day. You will assist with getting students registered and seated, help manage bus transportation to and from Capitol Hill, and assist students with the visits to congressional offices.

As a member of the Leadership Team you will maintain a relationship with CRISP and will participate in ongoing leadership training activities. You will receive discounted tuition to attend our Political Boot Camp July 9 – 12 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Please complete the application and you will be notified in the coming weeks.


CRISP and the Nancy Humphreys Institute for Political Social Workers are looking for social workers who are interested in running for elected office. Students who would like to consider and prepare for a career in political office will attend a seminar conducted by Tanya Rhodes Smith, director of the Humphreys Institute.


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