School of Social Work

March is Social Work Month

March is Social Work Month and the USM School of Social Work Students and Faculty participated in the Annual Social Work Advocacy Day at the Statehouse in Maine. Approximately 50 BSW & MSW students were in attendance for the day.  Undeterred by an impending snow storm, some arrived on the chartered bus and others came on their own. The BSW students enrolled in a pop-up course designed for this event titled, Social Work Advocacy Day at the Statehouse: Understanding Legislative Agendas, Processes & Actions. Students heard presentations from legislators (several who are also social workers) and the Speaker of the House, Sara Gideon.  Students also got to talk with legislators and one student sought out an impromptu hallway conversation on immigration and gun control with Governor Paul LePage!  It was a great day for all involved and some left feeling inspired to run for public office!