ASU "Elevates" social work with month of special events


Miguel Vieyra

Every day, the nation's 680,000 social workers work to empower and elevate millions of people, including some of the most vulnerable in our society. During Social Work Month each March, social workers around the nation and world and their supporters gather to educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Elevate”. ASU sponsored a number of events in recognition of this month-long celebration.

On March 15, the School sponsored a social work career fair and hosted a career panel moderated by the CEO of the National Association of Social Workers, Angelo McClain. A networking reception and awards ceremony that followed honored social work educators, advocates and community partners (award winners listed below).

On March 18, over 150 students gathered at ASU West Campus for an advocacy day featuring a keynote address by the Arizona Secretary of State and social worker Katie Hobbs. Hobbs discussed how her social work degree helped her develop the type of skills needed to solve problems at the state legislature and now as the state’s second highest elected public official.

The School of Social Work will conclude its month-long celebration with a community fair with Chicanos Por La Causa in Maryvale on March 31. A mural celebrating families and painted by students and community volunteers will be unveiled.

NASW-Arizona Branch 1 awardees

  • Suzanne Schunk, Lifetime Achievement in Social Work
  • Senator Lela Alston, Elected Public Official of the Year
  • Eddie Sissons, Citizen of the Year

Outstanding Field Educators, presented by the ASU School of Social Work

  • Deborah Anderson, Northeast Seattle Together
  • Erin Bartholmey, Chrysalis
  • Patricia Bishop, Veterans Administration
  • Lydia Medina, ASU School of Social Work

Community Impact Awards, presented by the ASU School of Social Work

  • UMOM New Day Centers
  • Native American Connections
  • Chicanos Por La Causa