Welcome to ISP, a nonprofit organization for social work educators, students, and practitioners with passion for policy! Our goal is to prepare and motivate social workers to play an active role in shaping the social policies that impact our clients and communities.

ISP Board Adopts Anti-Racism Statement

ISP affirms all of the painful feelings experienced by Black and brown people in America. Social work organizations and institutions, including ISP, historically have not done enough to accept responsibility and take thoughtful intentional steps to root out the racism in our midst. It is incumbent upon the social work community to recognize that we all bear responsibility for this ongoing injustice. Therefore, ISP will work with our supporters and our partner organizations to do everything within our power to dismantle the shameful and deadly systemic oppression of black and brown people. Please see the full statement.

National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign

Social justice is a core principle of social work practice and calls for ensuring meaningful participation in decision making for all people. Voting is Social Work is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that provides social work students and practitioners with the knowledge and tools to raise awareness about voting and to increase voting registration and participation. We do this work through our National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign which strives to integrate nonpartisan voter registration and engagement into social work education and practice.

Webinar series begins in December

Helping to inform and shape social policy through education, ISP announces a series of webinars to begin in December. Topics to be addressed include:

LGBTQ Health Inequity: A Call for Social Work Policy Intervention

Giving a Voice to Those with Felony Convictions: A Call to Action

Confronting Growing Incivility, Racism, and Bigotry on College Campuses: April 16, 2021 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Review the flyer for more information. Advance registration is required.

Policy Pieces on COVID-19 Pandemic

As part of our commitment to promoting social work policy and other macro responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISP is soliciting brief written pieces (conceptual, opinion, empirical, letters to the editor, op-eds, blogs, etc.) for dissemination through its website and contact lists. Topics can include any aspect of the virus and its impact: behavioral health, intimate partner violence, electoral participation, social isolation, unemployment, aging, homelessness, criminal justice, etc. These don’t have to be polished, publishable products: we’re just looking to share ideas, start a conversation, and keep policy considerations on the radar by listing submissions on the Resources page.

Interested? Send your submission to Andrew Seibert at aseibert@uw.edu.

2020 Contest Winners Announced

ISP announces the 2020 Contest Winners.

Katharine V. Byers BSW Award:
Melanie Alvarado, Savannah Hollar, Kashira Jenkins, Maya Ledoux, Olivia Miller, September Valentine, and Alyssa Bartlett
Faculty Sponsor – Claudia Sellmeier

Robert L. Schneider Dissertation Award:
Shih-Ying Cheng

Faculty Research on Teaching Effectiveness in Policy:
Katharine M. Hill, Shannon R. Lane, Jenna Powers, and Tanya Rhodes Smith

Join ISP or renew your membership

Resolving to get more involved in the coming year? Join ISP or renew your membership! Become part of a professional community dedicated to advancing policy research, education and practice. Consistent with its strategic planning effort, 2019 will be a year of re-building for ISP. We’ll be examining our structure and programming, trying some new things, and gearing up for a big year in 2020! Renew or join now.