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Social Work Students Travel to Social Work Adocacy Day at the State Capitol

Earlier this semester, a group of undergraduate and graduate students in Eberly College’s School of Social Work traveled to the West Virginia State Capitol to attend Social Work Advocacy Day, hosted by the WV chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.Social work students on the bus travelling to Charleston WV

The students participated together alongside professional social workers from across the state. Through a diverse group of speakers from social organizations across West Virginia, the students learned advocacy skills and put them into practice during their discussions with lawmakers.  

The students also gained insights into the legislative process and the ways in which policy decisions directly impact social workers and the clients they serve through observing the floor of the House of Delegates during a legislative session.  The trip gave them real-world experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to witness firsthand how knowledge translates into outreach efforts, community organizing, advocacy, and social action.Students pose in front of statue at the WV state capitol

“Our students were able to see the power of advocacy and build confidence through sharing their professional thoughts and opinions with their state legislators,” said Dr. Megan Fabbri, assistant professor of social work. “I hope the experience showed them that it is possible to make change, especially if we work together."

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