Friday, March 3, 2023
UT Austin and Texas State Capitol
Austin, TX
NASW-TX is excited to announce that Social Work Advocacy Day (SWAD) 2023 will be returning in person on Friday, March 3, at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas State Capitol, in Austin!

The day will be jam-packed with advocate panels, discussions with legislative staff, a rally on the Capitol steps, and more. Watch the video message from NASW-TX Government Relations Director, Bryan Mares, to learn more.

Social Work Faculty - download this Professor Guide for a comprehensive checklist for SWAD 2023

Social work students – talk to your professors for group registration and travel coordination. View resources and register for the February 24 virtual Prep Event today! 
This year’s NASW-TX SWAD theme is “Paving Pathways for All!” Join us to champion policy initiatives that pave pathways for emerging and professional social workers alike.

Morning Agenda
8:00 AM
Check-in & Networking Breakfast - LBJ Auditorium
Students and administrators will check in with NASW-TX staff and volunteers
Breakfast & Coffee will be served, get ready to network!
9:15 AM
Welcome from NASW-TX
Will Francis, NASW-TX Executive Director
School Spirit Contest and Andrew Marks Advocacy Award
9:35 AM
NASW-TX Legislative Priorities and Advocacy 101
Bryan Mares, NASW-TX Government Relations Director
10:05 AM
Policy Advocacy Panel
Moderated panel of social work advocates discuss access to reproductive care, mental health, and LGBTQIA+ rights
- Lyssette Galvan, NAMI Texas
- Ashley Heidebrecht, Border Land Rainbow Center
- Kamyon Conner, Texas Equal Access Fund
11:00 AM
Break for Lunch
Lunch is not provided
Build your own afternoon agenda from the choices below, and don't forget to schedule a meeting with your representative during this time!
Afternoon Agenda
12:30 Pm - 1:30 pm
SWAD Rally - Capitol South Steps
Social Work Advocacy Day rally at the South Capitol steps - Share your voice! 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Capitol Staff Round Table -  Capitol Auditorium
Moderated panel of social work Capitol staff members
- Tabitha Aditi, Vikki Goodwin’s Office
- Alexandra Calve, Senator Menendez’s Office
- Amanda Foster, Julie Johnson’s Office
- Amanda Rodriguez, Jarvis Johnson’s Office
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Take Action for Paid Practicums! -  Capitol Auditorium
Call to action with Jessica Riley, NASW-TX Community Engagement Coordinator
- Miranda Campos, UT Austin FED-UP Organizer
- Shannon Doyle, NASW-TX Intern
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
REAL Town Hall -  Capitol Auditorium
NASW-TX Committee on Race, Equity, Accountability & Leadership (REAL) Issues
- Monique Vasquez, MSSW, MPH, Co-Chair
- Esmeralda Rubalcava Hernandez, LMSW Co-Chair
- Lisa Rogers, LMSW
- Sonya Carson Ed.D, LCSW-S
Thank you to our NASW-TX SWAD 2023 Sponsors!
NASW-TX Social Work Advocacy Day (SWAD) 2023
National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter
810 W. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701-2010
(512) 474-1454
[email protected]

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