Thank you to the over 850 Illinois social workers and social work students who helped make this year's 2022 Virtual Social Work Advocacy Day a success!

2022 Virtual Advocacy Day Speakers


2022 Virtual Advocacy Day

Monday, March 21, 2022
2022 Virtual Advocacy Day
Monday, March 21, 2022

Day's Schedule:
  • Educational Program: 9:00am–12:00pm

  • Virtual Lobbying: Afternoon

Additionally, we will be working to set up virtual lobbying Zoom calls with state legislators. Dates and times TBA, dependent upon legislator availability.

Registration Cost:
  • No CEUs: FREE

  • 3 CEUs, Nonmember: $45.00

  • 3 CEUs, NASW Member: $15.00

Virtual Conferencing Platform: Zoom

Join us for a day of advocacy education with other social work professionals and students as we virtually descend upon the state capital in Springfield! The day will include a morning educational session on emerging issues and updates on up-to-the-minute legislation currently up for vote in the Capitol. Unite your voices with hundreds of other social work colleagues on issues that affect the social work profession in Illinois by taking part in in this virtual day of advocacy.


Get Ready for Advocacy Day!

Day's Agenda

Main Session: 9:00am–11:00am
Current spring 2022 legislative bills will be discussed. Check back with this page closer to the event date as factsheets about the bills will be added.

Subject Breakouts: 11:00am–12:00pm

  • Child Welfare with James L. McIntyre of CASA of Cook County

  • Early Childhood Development with Ireta Gasner of Start Early

  • LGBTQ+ Issues with Mike Ziri of Equality Illinois

  • Criminal Justice Reform with Stephanie Kollmann of Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Virtual Lobbying: Afternoon
Once the subject breakout sessions are over, you'll be receiving via e-mail a list of current action alerts that need your voice added. Please complete and submit these action alerts to help add strength to the bills that were discussed earlier in the day.

Additionally, we will be working to set up Zoom calls with state legislators to discuss critical legislation impacting the profession. We will be working with legislator schedules to set these up these meetings in advance. Dates and times TBD.


Find all factsheets uploaded to our Advocacy Day Dropbox folder.

You can also download individually below.

Advocacy Alerts: