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Annual Meeting 2019: Voting is Social Work and Social Work is Civil Rights
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When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: ACS Children's Center
492 1st Avenue
New York, New York  10016
United States
Contact: NASW-NYC

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Purpose of the Annual Meeting


The National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter (NASW-NYC), hosts the Annual Meeting every year to elevate the profession and build coalition among social workers and allies from every sector. This meeting serves as a state-of-the-social-work- profession in NYC address. It is how we collectively raise our voices and highlight social needs impacting our communities through providing a space for education, advocacy, and collaboration, while also providing tangible opportunities to deepen practice skills and knowledge. Every year, a theme connected to social work values, advocacy, social justice, and pressing political or social needs is selected as the focus. Through the lens of intersectionality, we engage speakers and participants to explore the ways in which the selected topic impacts their work, their clients, and their communities, as well as how it influences or is influenced by, policy and practice. We invite participants to reflect inwardly and call on each person to be the embodiment of our Code of Ethics. We challenge ourselves and others to work consistently in practicing our six core ethical values of Service, Social Justice, Dignity and Worth of the Person, Importance of Human Relationships, Integrity, and Competence.  


Theme for 2019


This year, NASW-NYC proudly invites you to join us as we set the stage and delve deeper into the role of social work, civil rights, advocacy, and policy, while exploring how these connect to larger issues within our profession and society. Our theme for 2019 is Voting is Social Work and Social Work is Civil Rights: What’s at Stake?  Given what has been occurring in NYC and around the country with respects to gun violence, police brutality, immigration debates, access to quality health care, mass incarceration, attacks on LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive justice, religious freedoms, and people being killed because of their ethnic origin and skin color,  NASW-NYC felt it necessary to highlight the role and importance of civic engagement. Voting was, and remains, a civil rights issue with so many people who are disenfranchised and silenced in the process.  Through this theme, we call on our profession to reflect on NASW-NYC’s history and role in civil rights, as well as the association’s focus on social justice equity.


Through focusing on micro, mezzo, and macro practice, our 2019 Annual meeting will engage a diverse panel of individuals representing various professions, organizations, and experiences. These all connect to the intersections of policy, civil rights, and social justice issues that present themselves in NYC and beyond. This year, rather than having one keynote, we will engage the audience in a rich learning opportunity via an interactive and diverse panel. The discussions will explore the connection of social work practice, legislation, and civil rights. The panel will also discuss and provide tangible ways and resources that we can all use to call out inequalities and “enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.” (Preamble, NASW Code of Ethics, 2017). 


*Please note that only NASW members will be eligible to receive continuing education credits for this event. If you are a member and are interested in receiving CEUs for this event, please make sure to sign-in before registering for the event.






NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0060.

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