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From the Pen of the Executive Director: March 2017

Joel L. Rubin, MSW, ACSW, CAE
NASW Illinois Chapter Executive Director

Social Work Month 2017 is upon us. This year’s Social Work Month theme, “Social Workers Stand Up!” couldn’t be more important as the events of this year unfold. The NASW-Illinois Chapter is commemorating the month with a wide range of events across the state. A full list of these events, organized by our tireless district chairs, can be found here.

State Senate Christina Castro has filed Senate Resolution 148 in the Illinois General Assembly designating March 2017 as Social Work Month.

During March we will also be presenting a CEU training on, “What Immigrant Families Need to Know to Protect Themselves.” The chapter’s Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee has helped put this issue front and center considering the current uncertainty resulting from proposed federal policy changes. This training will provide social work professionals with important information and tools to inform immigrant family clients how to prepare themselves for immigration enforcement. The committee is also planning similar training(s) in central Illinois. NASW has gone on the record opposing President Trump’s immigration Executive Order.

Our second NASW Supervisory Leaders in Aging (SLA) cohort also kicks off during Social Work Month.  The following social workers will be participating in the 2017 cohort:

Stephanie Bailey

Naomi Lahiri

Velicia Edwards

Mia Collins

Deborah Jackson

Sarah Brunner

Illeana Gomez

Lyndsey Anton

Dianne Feltham

Julie Pettinato

Lauren Weisert

Caryl Pripusich

Sarah Bendix

Melissa Kwafo

I spend a great deal of time visiting schools of social work, agencies, and members during Social Work month. I look forward to these visits which are always energizing and hopeful.

We hope to see many of you next month on April 4, 2017, for our annual Advocacy Day. It is very important to have as many social workers as well as social work students at the event. Your attendance at Advocacy Day will help strengthen our presence in the state capital. We are working on a variety of bills important for the profession this session, most recently on our Mandated Reporting for All (HB 3288) as well as renewal of our Social Work Practice Act for another ten years.

The 2017 NASW Delegate Assembly process is underway. Currently, seven policies are up for review. NASW members can read and comment on these policies. Please visit the Comment Forum before March 7. Click here to read and comment (NOTE: NASW membership required).

Congratulations to our 2017 Social Work Statewide Awardees! A big thank you to the Awards Committee Chair, Monica Guilhot-Chartrand, and her committee for their efforts.

Happy Social Work Month! 


Joel L. Rubin, MSW, ACSW, CAE, has served as executive director of the 7,000 member Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) since October 1999. He has over twenty-five years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience including extensive work with boards of directors, committees and volunteers, and advocacy around a wide variety of social work, human service, and international political issues. Joel is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Fellowship Leadership Program and a current adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work as well as Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work.

Posted on 03/01/17 at 08:00 AM

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