Today is World Social Work Day, and I’m excited to share that I’ve been endorsed by the National Association of Social Workers - Michigan Chapter! I’m proud to receive the endorsement of my peers as the only person trained in social work running for a seat in Michigan’s House of Representatives. As the 2010 University of Michigan (U-M) Social Work Student of the Year, it’s been an honor to come full circle and now to teach my future social work colleagues as an instructor of health and behavioral health policy, community organizing, and policy advocacy. Through teaching, I am an active member of the American Federation of Teachers local 6244, the U-M Lecturers Employee Organization.
March is Social Work Month, and this year’s theme is “The Time is Right for Social Work”. Now more than ever, we need legislative leaders that apply our social justice lens and code of ethics to decision-making as we advance policies to improve our education systems, protect the civil rights of our most disadvantaged community members, and ensure access to the basic building blocks of everyday life to ensure healthy people, healthy families, and healthy communities in the 47th district.
To support the election of more social workers to state-level office, can you chip in $10, $50, $100, or an amount comfortable to you to my campaign? Save the date! Join us for an in-person fundraiser co-hosted by NASW-MI and Marjorie Ziefert, former Dean of the Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work on Saturday, May 7, 2:00-4:00PM in Ann Arbor. Please spread the word! Tickets available online. In solidarity, Carrie Rheingans