What We Do

Every year, NASW-MN holds a number of trainings and workshops throughout the state, including our Annual Conference, Social Work Summit, and seasonal workshop days. We also lead advocacy activities throughout the year through our policy forums and Social Work Day at the Capitol. NASW-MN is the leading voice for social work in the state. Our efforts have direct impacts on social work practice in Minnesota; on social workers – members and not-yet-members – as well as the clients and communities they serve. 

Check out our Strategic Plan for more details on the chapter’s activities – and join us by becoming a member!

Vision

A strong, unified social work community leading Minnesota to a just and equitable society.

Mission

To support, inspire, and equip a diverse and inclusive membership of social workers across Minnesota.

Values

1. Being Member-Driven
Decision-making for our Chapter is driven by our members – through our volunteer Board, Committees and Workgroups. We seek to make the best use of our resources by focusing our services on the needs of our members. To inform our work, we will continuously seek feedback from our members through multiple means.

2. Diversity
We welcome, respect, and celebrate the different identities, experiences, and opinions within our membership, profession, and communities. We strive to be responsive to and learn from the variety of experiences related to diverse identity characteristics, including but not limited to age, class, gender identity, race, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, and disability; and recognizing how intersectionality among these identities may encompass overlapping systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

3. Inclusivity
We act to cultivate authentic and empowered participation and a true sense of belonging, enabling chances for effectiveness and success through full participation, listening, and crediting contributions.

4. Equity & Justice
We persist in efforts to recognize, confront and dismantle structures of white supremacy, systemic racism, settler-colonialism, heteronormativity, and other historical, cultural and institutional structures that routinely advantage privileged groups in society and result in chronic, cumulative disadvantage for others. We pursue systematic fair treatment of all people that results in equitable opportunities for engagement, representation in organizational development and decision-making processes, and equitable outcomes for everyone. We demonstrate these commitments through policy advocacy, legislative action, program practices, and our striving to decolonize social work practice.