Chapter Committees & Affinity Groups

Our committees and workgroups develop and help to implement important parts of the Chapter’s programming, including events and policy work. Joining a committee or workgroup is a benefit exclusive to NASW members!

Make the most your membership by joining a chapter committee or workgroup. Drive our policy efforts, plan incredible events, and find ways to engage NASW members in change-making. Ready raise your voice, use your creativity, and share your ideas to make a real impact for Minnesota social workers? We want you!

We invite NASW-MN members to join a committee or workgroup!

Make the most of your NASW membership!

Whether a new or long-time member, student or retiree, no matter your practice or experience – there’s a committee for you! Contact with questions.

Complete our online form to join a committee or workgroup

View our Committees flyer

View our Affinity Groups flyer

Chapter Committees

All committees and workgroups are currently meeting virtually. You must be a NASW member to join a committee or workgroup. Forms submitted in September will begin committee work in the Fall. Forms submitted after October 1 will begin committee work in January. 

Ethics Committee

Develop and plan ethics trainings, provide ethics consultation to members, and work alongside NASW’s national office to enforce the NASW Code of Ethics.

Licensure Workgroup

Review Minnesota social work licensing statutes and those across the country and make recommendations to the MN Board of Social Work and our SPAN committee.

Membership Workgroup

Create and implement strategies for chapter's member recruitment, retention, and engagement efforts, and develop and deliver annual Member Drive during Social Work Month.

Political Action for Candidate Election (MN-PACE)

MN-PACE is the Chapter’s nonpartisan political action committee, which Interviews candidates for state and local elected office throughout Minnesota, and endorses those who best represent social work values in the public policy arena.

Racial Justice Committee

Listen deeply to, and leverage voices of communities and members of color; engage in long-term anti-racist advocacy and take action from our learning to break down oppressive systems; write and oversee implementation of our Chapter Diversity Plan.

Social Policy Action Network (SPAN)

Develop chapter’s legislative agenda; draft position statements on significant policy issues; follow bills and develop action alerts; work with coalition partners on lobbying strategies; and plan and execute policy events, including Social Work Day at the Capitol.

Enhancing and Innovating Education (EIE) Workgroup

Plan chapter workshops, trainings and conferences that are relevant and applicable to the enhancement of the field of Social Work. Find new and innovative ways to support, inspire and enrich social workers across MN through CEUs. If you love event planning and have insight into what social workers need, or simply want to make sure we offer what YOU need – this group is for you!

Chapter Affinity Groups

NASW-MN is starting 5 new Affinity Groups to support members in building community through shared lived experience, and to elicit ongoing guidance to the Chapter in meeting their needs.

Retirees Affinity Group

For retired Social Workers to connect, engage, and celebrate one another in prior, current, and future successes.

BIPOC Affinity Group

A space for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to navigate and honor individual and collective lived experiences related to personal and professional realities impacting communities of color. 

Social Work Educators Affinity Group

Connecting Social Work Educators from across MN (including adjuncts!) to build community, learn from and support one another to strengthen Social Work education and the future of the profession.

Private Practice Clinician Affinity Group

Providing opportunity and space for those operating in private practice to connect, support, and learn from one another.

Student Affinity Group

Allowing students to connect and build community across social work programs.

Committee recruitment takes place in August and December