Social Work Day at the Capitol

2022 Social Work Online Advocacy Week

April 4-8, 2022 


via GoTo Webinar (6.5 CEUs)

Free and open to all social workers and students! 


The live sessions have ended. 

REGISTER HERE to receive access to the session recordings and advocacy resources.


We’re very excited to announce that Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan will be joining us for the week's kickoff session!

This year’s event has taken on a new format - join us throughout the week for advocacy and action! 

The week will kick-off on Monday with an update of what’s happening at the MN Capitol related to NASW-MN’s legislative priorities. This will be our rallying point of the week with speakers you won't want to miss. We invite you to stick around afterwards to learn strategies for impactful advocacy. 

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will feature a deep dive into current events and our legislative priorities - elevating and diversifying the social work profession, reforming child welfare, affordable and accessible housing, and reimagining community safety - including insights from legislators and policy experts to inspire your advocacy.

Meeting with legislators is a key part of social change! So we’re making it super easy for you: we will be scheduling times for you and others in your region to meet with your legislators as a group, so that you can represent social workers’ policy priorities in your region! 

Schools of Social Work across the state have designated Student Advocates who will work with us to set up legislator meetings - thanks in advance for the key role they’ll play in our event!

The window for assistance in scheduling legislator meetings has closed.


Monday, April 4 

  • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Kickoff and MN Capitol Update 
    • Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan
    • Representative (and social worker!) Heather Edelson, Assistant Majority Leader, 49A
    • Representative (and social worker!) Jessica Hanson, 56A
    • Senator Nick Frentz, Assistant Minority Leader, 19
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. Advocacy 101
    • Erin Sutton, MSW, LGSW, Lutheran Social Service Advocacy Bootcamp trainer
    • Jeru Gobeze, LGSW, Lutheran Social Service Advocacy Bootcamp trainer
    • Margaret Whitworth, BSW, MSW Intern

Tuesday, April 5 

  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. Policy Discussion: Reforming Child Welfare
    • Brooke Beskau Warg, Institute to Transform Child Protection 
    • Senator Mary Kunesh, Assistant Minority Leader, 41
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. Policy Discussion: Re-imagining Community Safety
    • Elliot Butay, NAMI Minnesota
    • Representative Cedric Frazier, Vice Chair, Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy, 45A

Wednesday, April 6 

  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. Policy Discussion: Elevating and Diversifying the Social Work Profession
    • NASW-MN Members and Staff
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. Policy Discussion: Affordable and Accessible Housing
    • Julia Burkstaller, The Arc Minnesota
    • Senator Rich Draheim, Chair, Housing Finance and Policy Committee, 20
    • Senator Zach Duckworth, Vice Chair, Housing Finance and Policy Committee, 58 
    • Representative Fue Lee, Chair, Capital Investment Committee, 59A

Legislator Meetings will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons; and on Thursday and Friday.

The window for assistance in scheduling legislator meetings has closed.

6.5 CEUs are offered for the live sessions - plus earn more CEUs by meeting with your legislators and reading policy materials.* 

We encourage all social workers and students to attend and make social workers’ voices heard! 

Can’t join us live? No problem! All Advocacy Week sessions will be recorded and available in the event's Virtual Resources Folder before the following day's sessions. Earn independent learning CEUs for viewing session recordings! Register here to gain access.




*Any activities completed outside the live sessions may be counted as independent learning CEUs. Check with the regulatory board in the state where you’re licensed to learn how this event can count towards your continuing education requirements.

*Recordings will no longer be available on our YouTube Channel. Please be sure to register to get access to session recordings!

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