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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.

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.

Interested? Send your submission to Le Anne Wisnieski at leannewiz.law@gmail.com.

MACRO Conference 2020 & Teaching Institute POSTPONED

The planning partners of MACRO Conference 2020 are following the advice of the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because our first priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved. It is with deep disappointment that we communicate the decision to postpone MACRO Conference 2020 and the Teaching Institute until 2021. While the specific dates are yet to be determined, we are likely to convene during the weekend following Memorial Day, as we have in the past.

We hope the information on the Conference page or Teaching Institute page will answer your questions. For further information or clarification, please send an email to Le Anne Wisnieski (leannewiz.law@gmail.com).

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.

March interactive webinar and call to action

Voting in America: How barriers to voting suppress turnout, power, and outcomes

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, to mark Social Work Month, Gena Gunn McClendon, Suzanne Pritzker and Tanya Rhodes Smith discussed voting justice and how barriers to voting in low-income and marginalized communities suppress voter turnout, limit political power and shape outcomes. Learn more about the current research and concrete ways for the profession and schools of social work to support individuals and communities in exercising the right to vote.

How Social Workers Can Build Election Turnout

Impacting the Election of 2020: How Social Workers Can Build Election Turnout

In this evening event, Professor Mimi Abramovitz, co-leader of the National Voter Mobilization Campaign, makes a case for why it is essential for social workers to become involved in voter engagement. Given our position between the individual and society, social workers are uniquely positioned to register the people they serve and get out the vote. See Voting Is Social Work for useful resources.

Macro Curriculum Guide now available

The Macro Curriculum Guide is here! ISP–together with its United for Macro partners–has been hard at work developing the Guide, which defines the 9 competencies through a macro lens, identifies relevant practice behaviors, and suggests a wide array of readings, media, exercises, assignments, and field activities. It promises to be an invaluable resource for faculty teaching policy and programs offering or developing macro specializations. Thanks to all of our policy colleagues who were part of this exciting effort! You can access an electronic copy of the Guide through CSWE; hard copies will be available in the near future.