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Advocacy Day 2018
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 Export to Your Calendar 3/27/2018
When: Tuesday, March 27
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Riffe Center
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
United States
Contact: NASW Ohio Chapter
(614) 461-4484

Online registration is available until: 3/20/2018
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9:00-10:00 Registration

10:00-11:30 Training on lobbying

11:30-12:00 Lunch (provided) & planning

12:00-3:00 Meetings with legislators

Cost (includes boxed lunch and 1 social work CEU)

$25 for students, $30 for non-students


We're happy to process refunds until Tuesday, March 13. After that date, however, no refunds will be available.


Dress Code
Please wear professional (business casual) clothes to Advocacy Day.


Parking and Location

We look forward to hosting you at the Riffe Center in the heart of downtown Columbus. Please note you'll have to pay to park - usually $8-$10. Find a map of parking locations here. After teaching you the ins and outs of lobbying, we'll direct you to either the meeting with your representative in the same building or the meeting with your senator across the street at the Ohio Statehouse.



NASW Ohio’s Advocacy Day is the day that we introduce our state legislators to the social work profession.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet directly with their state representative and senator to discuss the value of social work and the challenges facing our profession. We will discuss professional issues such as student debt relief, social work salaries and social work safety, as well as social justice topics like banning conversion “therapy” at the state level, and legislative solutions to improve police and community relationships. 


This year’s Advocacy Day will spotlight juvenile justice.  In collaboration with the Juvenile Justice Coalition, NASW Ohio will offer programming and meeting materials to prepare attendees to talk to state legislators about ending the school to prison pipeline and developing policies that support youth who must interact with the juvenile justice system.


In December 2016, youth advocates had a major with the passage of House Bill 410, which modified school discipline and truancy policies to align with national best practices so that all of Ohio’s students can stay connected to educational opportunities and school.  But in order to have an educational system that fully supports all students, we need to build on the momentum from HB 410.  Our asks this year for Advocacy Day will be for legislators to adopt best practices in discipline and truancy for pre-K through 3rd grade children and for bullying prevention. We will talk to legislators about the difference that a social worker can make to a child’s education, and stress the importance that every school have a social worker on staff.  

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