MSW Grad Students Visit Kentucky State Capitol

Asbury University MSW program
Graduate students in Asbury's MSW program attended Lobby Day in Frankfort to better understand the formation of social work policy.

Students in one of Asbury’s Master of Social Work courses took their education on the road recently to participate in Lobby Day at the state capitol in Frankfort, Ky.

Faculty members and students in the “Child and Family Policy” course gained exposure to the legislative process by researching bills currently before the state Senate Health and Welfare Committee and attending a committee meeting. Opportunities to ask questions of Sen. Tom Buford; Rep. Bob Damron; alumnus Liles Taylor ’09, Chief of Staff for the house majority whip; and Steve Shannon, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Regional Programs, increased their understanding of the process by which policies are evaluated.

“The most powerful part of the day for me was listening to the contesting views of both the House and the Senate Committees pertaining to social issues previously discussed during class,” said MSW student Jan’a Prater. “It was also moving to witness the great presence of youth gathered in the Capitol Rotunda from across the state of Kentucky advocating for causes that were not only important to them, but important to and for the people and communities they represented.”

Asbury’s MSW program is accredited by the Council for Social Work Education and offers a concentration in Child and Family Services. For more information or to apply to the program, contact Bridget Szczapinski at (859) 858-3511, x2256.

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