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The Board Reauthorized These Priorities for 2015-2016



The Leadership of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, including its Board of Directors and Chairs of its Committees and Task Forces, has identified two overarching program goals for the period of 2013 through 2014. In addition, the Chapter’s Vision Statement was reaffirmed.


Statement of Vision – NASW-NYC

NASW-NYC is a strong, effective, and diverse membership association that effectively promotes the value and visibility of the social work profession and enhances the profession’s credibility and influence at state and local levels.

The Chapter works to assure that the social work profession remains highly relevant and effective in the years ahead, both for the communities that social workers serve and for future generations of social work professionals.


Among members, the profession-at-large, service providers, educators, policy makers, the media, and the communities we serve, NASW-NYC is a recognized, valued, and respected expert on social and professional issues, and performs with responsibility and accountability to its constituencies.

Adopted June 2008 by Board of Directors
Reaffirmed, January 2013


Goal One: NASW-NYC will address the realities of poverty, diversity, multiculturalism and oppression in NYC and the role of social workers in addressing these issues

Objectives and Strategies

1. The efforts of the Chapter to accomplish this goal, along with a statement of its purpose are as follows:

The NASW-NYC Social Work Equity Project:
Addressing poverty and its intersection with diversity, multiculturalism, and oppression

Statement of purpose
NASW-NYC believes that the issue of poverty continues to be a major problem in New York City, yet, it is not being adequately addressed. We see the response to poverty as too often “being swept under the rug”. One remedy to this is for NASW-NYC and members of the social work profession to bring issues relating to poverty more fully to light. Thousands of social workers in New York City work with people who live in or near poverty and are intimately aware of the challenges that low income creates for individuals, families and communities.

While poverty is a major issue in its own right, we also believe that understanding the relationship between poverty, diversity and multiculturalism in the City is essential, along with the oppressive nature caused by all of these factors, in combination. The intersection of these issues in the lives of the people of New York also needs to be our concern.

2. The theme of the Chapter Annual Meeting will address poverty & inequality

3. A “Poverty Toolkit” will be developed:

• Including facts, policies, strategies, ideas, and calls to action
• Communicating through the Chapter website, newsletter, email blasts, and agency/community presentations.
• Linking with the themes of diversity, multi-culturalism, and oppression, and their intersectionality.

4. “Intersectionality” will be addressed, focusing on how poverty, diversity, multiculturalism and oppression interact at the level of individuals, families, groups, organizations and society.

5. Identifying the role of social workers in addressing these issues, including through direct service and clinical practice, advocacy, organizing, administration, policy and research.

6. Collecting data on poverty, reflecting the diverse populations and groups in New York City

7. Joining with Chapter committees, including PACE, to address the connections between poverty, policy, and politics.

8. Forming Anti-Poverty co-sponsorships or coalitions with other agencies and organizations

9. Working with academia on a research project that addresses causes and response to poverty.

10. Promoting the incorporation of anti-poverty work into student internships in agencies

11. Establishing / contributing to anti-poverty curriculum and hold workshops on poverty for Social Workers and others


Goal Two: NASW-NYC will address the future of social work and the economic circumstances affecting social work employment

Objectives and Strategies

1. Addressing the Impact of the Policy Environment on Practice

• Collaborating in carrying out workforce research
• Holding focus groups or meetings with the Board and others to identify the impact of policies on social work practice
• Identifying strategies for reporting findings.

2. Supporting gathering of social work workforce data

3. Identifying methods to address social work compensation and working conditions and its impact on current and future professionals

4. Identifying and/or monitoring the extent of unemployment among social workers as a result of the economy and the reduction of human service programs.

5. Continuing the Chapter’s efforts to address workforce shortages and challenges within the workforce, including assuring that there are a sufficient number of bi-lingual and bi-cultural social workers.


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