“I wish to be remembered as somebody who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom…I wish to be remembered as one who tried.” Dorothy Height

Written by: Dr. April Steen, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Warner's Social Welfare Policy class traveled to Tallahassee now for the 2020 Legislative Education and Advocacy Days hosted by The National Association of Social Workers of Florida. It is a two-day event in Tallahassee where students and social work professionals meet to advocate for effective, sustainable policies that are reflective of the NASW Code of Ethics.

Students had the opportunity to satisfy their legislators and sit in on House and Senate Committee meetings. A lot more than 950 social work practitioners, students, and educators attended the big event to advocate for that social work profession and also the individuals, families, and communities we serve.

For all students, this experience was their first summary of the legislative process as well as an important macro experience. Warner students learned through this experience how state and local government can affect their ability to provide services to the populations they serve. Students were particularly interested in bills related to veterans and services to children and families.

We were fortunate to talk about our amount of time in the Capital with Children's Week and Polk County Day. Special because of Representative Melony Bell who took extended time to talk with all of our students.

Pictured are (L to R) front row: Dr. Steen, LCSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Ashley Rodriguez, Representative Melony Bell, Jamesha Hamilton
Back row: Katheryn Endicott, Baudelio “Rudy” Alegria, Jeleel Swift, Breairra Foster, Erica Cole, Tarnisha Robinson, Gregory Phipps, Imani Lewis, and Sean Karshner