Here are some photos of Dr. France Nguyen-Grozavu’s SW601 students’ in-class legislative visits (only difference is that the staffers came to us at SDSU – see list of them below and their assigned issues agreed upon in class). Students were divided into three groups and tasked to talk about their respective issues while making sure to tie it to issues faced by social workers (including but not limited to mental health issues, etc. and helping vulnerable populations) and advocating from a social worker’s perspective.
Vaping – state level (Jason Weisz (Democrat), Senior Field Representative, CA Senate Pro Tempore Toni Atkins)
Homelessness and housing – local level (Donna Cleary (Republican), Policy Advisor, County Supervisor Jim Desmond, County of San Diego)
It was particularly interesting that the local level representative made an announcement of how important the county needs social workers and are even hiring BSW graduates. A student even noted to me that she is more interested in clinical but after this experience, she is considering the administration or looking into social justice/advocacy type of work.
The students advocated with their staffer for about a half-hour, then we came together as a group where each group designated a representative from their group to report out and share with the other groups about their issue and the main takeaway points, and ultimately, closing with the staffers giving feedback on the visit and advice to students when engaging in policy work. It was an incredible event and the students seem to all really enjoy it! It was raining and a lot of traffic, so it took extra effort for staffers to make it and stay with the students until nearly 7 pm last night.
Thank you for sharing this great event!