Social Work students and faculty joined together April 8 to march from the Frank Erwin Center to the Capitol Building for Social Work Student Day.
About 450 students and 27 faculty members participated in the event to raise awareness about important social issues to improve the lives of all Texans and to voice their concerns to elected officials. While the legislature wasn’t in session, students still felt they made an impact.
“We were still able to learn how to make our voice heard effectively by our representatives and senators,” said Austin McClain, vice president of the Social Work Council. “This is extremely important in a profession that is so strongly influenced by the bills that are passed. The issues that I am most passionate about are child welfare and health care.”
Students and faculty continued their work on April 15 with World Social Work Day, an annual event initiated by the International Federation of Social Workers that focuses on social work’s contributions to society.
In recognition of World Social Work Day a panel of international School of Social Work students will give a panel presentation addressing the role of social work in their home countries.
The presentation is April 30 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the School of Social Work Building, Room 2.130.