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June 2022 - Calumet District Update

Latesha Newson, LCSW, Calumet District Chair

Greetings Calumet District!

Happy PRIDE Month! This month comes with exciting transitions as this will be my last district update as your Calumet District Chair. It has been an honor to serve you for the past three years. There has been much growth and expansion in our chapter as it relates to our membership, as well as our efforts in advocacy and influence on policies on social justice. I look forward to transitioning to the role as your new president-elect for our chapter as well as continuing in my current role as chair of the NASW-Illinois Chapter Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Calumet District, I leave you in the hands of a great leader, Samantha Allen, MSW, LCSW, who will be your new Calumet District chair. She comes with a wealth of experience in our field and is a strong advocate for change.

We will have one final workshop that I am hosting on June 21, 2022, titled:

Social Work Best Practice Training in Community Re-Entry Services Delivery

Date: Tuesday June 21st, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM CST

Speaker: Gregory S. Gaither, MSW, MEd, PEL

CEUs: 2.5

Registration Link:

Latesha Newson, MSW, LCSW

NASW-IL Calumet District Chair


2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Election Results

Thank you to those who took part in this year's 2021 NASW-Illinois Chapter Elections during the month of April. Please take a moment to give recognition to the individuals who will be representing you on the NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors starting July 1, 2021.

2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards

Deadline: Sunday, July 31, 2022

We are looking for nominations for the annual NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards! This year, we are looking for outstanding individuals whose work has supported and promoted the social work profession and the people it serves. There are four award categories: Social Worker of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Public Citizen of the Year, and Emerging Leader. For more information, go to:

Save the Date! 2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Hybrid Conference

Mark your calendars! The NASW-Illinois Chapter will be back and meeting in person for this year’s conference! Taking place in a hybrid format, we’ll be offering in-person CEUs on November 17, 2022, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville in Lisle, IL, and running it back as a live virtual conference on Thursday, December 1, 2022. More info to come later this month, but stay tuned and circle those dates in your calendar!

ICYMI: IDFPR Waives License Renewal Fees and Initial Application Fees for Frontline Healthcare Workers

As reported by the chapter back in May, Governor Pritzker announced plans during his February budget address to waive licensing fees for nearly 470,000 frontline healthcare workers. An FAQ was released by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) which provides answers to some of the frequently asked questions around the fee waiver. We have collated below some of their FAQ into the questions most pertinent to social workers. Read the full article here:

2021–2023 LSW/LCSW Licensure News and Updates

We announced changes in IDFPR licensure renewal requirements in an article published on November 30, 2021, and updated it with frequently asked questions. We’ve been getting questions from members about whether the in-person CEU waiver will be repeated for the new cycle. Read about that and more here:

Other Chapter News

For more news, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page:

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