On March 2, 2016, Professors Terry Mizrahi and Mimi Abramovitz and 60 Silberman School of Social Work Students, half specializing in Clinical Practice and half specializing in Community Organizing Planning and Development (COPD participated in NYS Social Work Student Legislative Action Day (“Lobby Day”) in Albany New York.
Legislative Advocacy Day is an annual event sponsored by NYS NASW, NYS Association of Deans of Schools of Social Work and NYS Social Work Education Association. This year nearly 600 social work students from around the state gathered to advocate for legislation that is relevant to the social work profession. Throughout the day attendees had the opportunity to visit their legislators and tell them why two specific issue were important: Social Work Loan Forgiveness and Raising the Age for prosecuting and incarcerating youth as adults from 16 to 18 years.
Legislative Advocacy Day is grounded in a strong social work tradition of advocacy for change. We are proud of Silberman students and faculty who participated in this day.