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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.

ISP Board Adopts Anti-Racism Statement

Influencing Social Policy statement to the Social Work community:

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 of how the ISP Board of Directors and its members will engage in action measures so that we can become an anti-racist organization.

ISP Cosponsors Congressional Briefing

Calls to “defund the police” have spawned initiatives to rethink and reimagine policing. Social workers have been engaged in efforts to create more equitable and effective systems for public service for years. ISP is cosponsoring a congressional briefing, Social Work and the Future of Policing. It is scheduled on June 30, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST and will feature the work of social and criminal justice scholars and practitioners.

Please visit social work & policing for more information and to register.

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

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.

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.

Macro Curriculum Guide now available

ISP–together with its United for Macro partners–has been hard at work developing the Macro Curriculum 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. An electronic copy of the Guide is available at CSWE. Thanks to all of our policy colleagues who were part of this exciting effort!