Seven senior social work students from William Woods University participated in the Missouri Association of Social Welfare’s annual Advocacy Day by researching proposed bills on domestic violence, food stamps and minimum wage.
Traveling to the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., were Jordyn Boland, Fulton, Mo.; Elizabeth Casey, Aurora, Ill.; Katirose Flint, Berger, Mo.; Natalie Goodman, St. Louis, Mo.; Emily Kime, Cassville, Mo.; Kelly Maurer, Bloomsdale, Mo., and Kristi Palmer, Ste. Genevieve, Mo. They were accompanied by with Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, director of the social work program.
The students observed debates on the Missouri House floor over late-term abortion and the definition of quality of life, and observed testimony on proposed changes to the domestic violence laws in Missouri and meth labs. Some students spoke to their representatives about how these bills would affect their clients.
The students have been working in field agencies for the past two semesters to complete 500 hours of work with clients focusing on mental health, immigration, child abuse and neglect, schools and teen issues, domestic violence, gerontology and adolescent residential care.
The senior social work students participated in advocacy day as a requirement for a social work community development and organizing course in which students learn to advocate for policy changes and practice creating policies and programs for their clients in need.
William Woods University senior social work students who participated in the Missouri Association of Social Welfare’s annual Advocacy Day are: left to right (front row) Kelly Maurer, Natalie Goodman, Kristi Palmer and Jordyn Boland and (back row) Elizabeth Casey, Emily Kime and Katirose Flint.