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Legislative Education & Advocacy Day (LEAD): Reimagining Social Work
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/29/2020
When: Thursday, October 29, 2020
9:00 am- 4:40 pm
Where: Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, Michigan  48933
United States
Contact: Tricia McCarthy
517-487-1548, ex 16

Online registration is available until: 10/23/2020
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2020 Virtual Legislative Education and Advocacy Day

Reimagining Social Work

Thursday, October 29, 2020

9am - 4:40pm


Join together with hundreds of social justice advocates from around Michigan for the largest annual gathering of social workers in the state! This all day event features inspiring keynote addresses, networking opportunities, and social justice forums and workshops on anti-racist practice, legislative issues, political action, and advocacy efforts.


7 CEs will be awarded to licensed attendees.

NASW Student Members, Retired Members, and Transitional Members-$30

Student Future-Members-$45

NASW Members-$80, Future-Members-$100

***Students: Please verify with your school prior to registering individually***


Please revisit this page for updated information on workshops, presenters, and other conference details. 

Reimagining Social Work Theme Rationale

In the face of this moment of mass uprisings against police brutality and systemic racism, millions of us are being challenged to recognize our individual and collective role in maintaining systems of inequality and discrimination.

As a profession, we not only have the responsibility to understand how racism, inequity and oppression impacts our colleagues, clients, communities, and ourselves, but also the responsibility to advocate for systems-level social change. Silence and inaction is not an option.

We must acknowledge that the social work profession is nearly 70% white. This means that not only do we as a profession function in a system of white supremacy, we also, largely and collectively, benefit from white privilege. As defined by Peggy McIntosh in White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, white privilege is an unearned advantage based on race. Because the United States is rooted in a culture of white supremacy, this means that through systemic exploitation and oppression of non-white people, our society often reinforces and prioritizes the wealth, power, and privilege of white people. This system is supported and perpetuated through culture, beliefs, ideas, policies, laws, and institutions that make these unearned and unfair advantages appear rational and ethical. 

We all have hidden and implicit biases that, without intention or conscious thought, affect our understanding, actions, and decisions. Through education, determination, and practice we can all become more aware of what our personal biases are and work to counteract the ones that reinforce white supremacy or cause undue harm to non-white people. 

Given that we all show up with different lenses and levels of privilege, educating ourselves is a powerful step that can inform, empower, and inspire action and racial justice advocacy.

We are committed to advocating for policies and legislation that advance racial justice. We are committed to creating educational opportunities for social workers related to race and racism. We are committed to learning, growing, and making an effort to decolonize the profession.

We at NASW-MI want to think broadly and lay a vision for the future of social work. We want to reimagine this field - be committed and work towards the day where individuals and communities have the resources they need, where policies, laws, and institutions do not exploit, and oppress or further perpetue harm. However, we can not do this alone. You all are a valued part of our organization and we need you to join us in this effort and we need incoming social work professionals and students with bold visions to help lead the way. 
That is why this year’s Legislative Education and Advocacy Day, on October 29th will be focused on “Reimagining Social Work”. All sessions throughout the day will focus on the future of social work, racial justice, and our role in political and legislative environments. Due to the pandemic we are also moving LEAD virtual, which we hope will also allow for greater participation from all over the state. 


2020 Legislative Education and Advocacy Day Tentative Schedule:

  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcome Address
  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am Opening speaker (1 CE)
  • 10:40 - 12:00 2-3 Breakout Sessions 1.5 (CE)
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch 
  • 12:30 - 1:50 Panel Conversation (1.5 CE)
  • 2:00 - 3:20 Breakout Sessions (1.5 CE)
  • 3:30-4:30 Closing (1.5 CE)

Virtual Exhibitor Space and Sponsorships Available: LEAD is a fantastic way to reach potential advocacy partners, customers, students, and future employees. All sponsors also receive a virtual exhibitor space. Click here to reserve your sponsorship and exhibitor space today! Deadline: October 15, 2020.  


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