NASW-VT Committees


NASW-VT welcomes member participation. The following is a list of our active committees, members, and a description of the general activities. Please email our Interim Executive Director, Lynn Stanley at lstanley.naswvt@socialworkers.org to learn more about how you can participate on a committee.

Board Executive Committee

The Executive Committee provides guidance to the Executive Director between Board meetings, develops the agenda for the Board meetings, and reviews preliminary budget and other financial proposals. They meet at the discretion of the President, usually quarterly.

Members


  • Lacey Sloan, MSW, Ph.D., President
  • Linda Li, MSW, Vice President
  • Ashley Dubois, MSW, Secretary

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is charged with advising on ethical issues that arise and with assisting significantly in the planning of at least one ethics-related training per fiscal year. The Ethics committee is recruiting for new members.


Education & Professional Development Committee

The Education Committee is charged with the oversight and creation of continuing education opportunities for social workers in Vermont.  The committee’s goal is to create a rich and robust learning environment that meets the educational needs of all Vermont’s social workers in the areas of clinical issues, advocacy and social justice. 

This committee will meet two or three times this fall to set the 2021 Training Calendar.  The committee will then shift its focus to the NASW VT Conference.

Please contact Lynn Stanley for more information - lstanley.naswvt@socialworkers.org



Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee is a vehicle for social workers and students to learn about and engage with the political process on behalf of our clients, our profession, and our values and ethics. The committee purpose and responsibilities as outlined by NASW: 

  • To promote NASW legislative policies consistent with the goals of the social work profession and those served by the profession 
  • To recommend a legislative agenda to the NASW-VT Board of Directors 
  • To recommend programming for Social Work Legislative Day
  • To promote education, leadership, and advocacy among members of the social work profession.

During the legislative session, we actively work with the legislative consultants and executive director in responding to legislation, and support chapter member’s advocacy efforts in contacting legislators and testifying for relevant bills. Please join us as we take action to make a difference in the profound impact of policy on our clients and our communities. 

This committee meets the third Thursday of the month at noon.  First meeting is September 17th

Contact chair Lacey Sloan at lsloan.naswvt@gmail.com  to get started! 

JEDI - Social Justice Committee

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion are embedded in social work mission and values. While we can see progress in our society and within our profession, we know there is much more work to be done. This committee will identify, explore, and  take action on a limited number of specific issues to meaningfully impact our Chapter, clients, and communities. 
This committee will work in tandem with the Policy Committee to promote and advocate when appropriate.
This committee will meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm via Zoom.
The first meeting will be September 22nd.

Contact the Linda Li at lli.naswvt@gmail.com


PACE Committee

Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) is the political “arm” of NASW. Members of the Vermont chapter committee meet throughout the election cycle to discuss support for candidates in state and local races. We assess individual candidates via survey and/or their voting records and may interview. The committee decides the level of candidate support based on several criteria, including issues the candidate supports or opposes, the viability of the campaign, and available resources. Supports can include a written endorsement, a financial contribution, and/or campaign assistance such as letter writing and phone calls. Candidates who are social workers and members of underrepresented groups are given special consideration. 

Please consider joining the PACE committee. A diverse membership is important to NASW-VT PACE. Although we align with the policy positions of NASW and NASW-VT, local perspective is valuable. 

Contact mertel.naswvt@gmail.com 

Communications & Marketing Committee

We know that NASW VT is doing a lot of work, but how do we make sure our Members and other social workers know about it?  Communicating what we do is essential to recruiting new members and providing high quality services to our current members. This committee will start off developing a Chapter communications plan for the year and ensure social workers have the information and resources they need to best serve their clients and communities.
  • Identify writers of newsletter articles
  • Identify social workers doing interesting work to interview
  • Brainstorm ideas on how to share all the resources available to members
  • Amplify Social Work Month
  • Promote Chapter events
  • Determine how we best message on a variety of platforms (Experienced social media user? We need you!)
  • plus whatever you, as committee members, decide to tackle!
Committee meetings are held the third Friday of month at 2:00 pm via Zoom.
First meeting is September 18th

Contact Lynn at lstanley.naswvt@socialworkers.org for more information