Assignment: Prominent Social Work Policy Maker

Assignment: Prominent Social Work Policy Maker

This week, you read about the start of the formal U.S. welfare system in the post-Civil War era, as the U.S. government took on more and more responsibility for aid. That government responsibility continues today in current public welfare programs, and it is often debated at public meetings.

As a social work student, you can learn a great deal from how these meetings are conducted, specifically: What kinds of policy issues are being discussed today, and how do governmental bodies resolve these issues? How are these issues presented and advocated by the populace? For this Assignment, you will be a “fly on the wall” observing the proceedings of a meeting in your area.

To Prepare: Attend a public meeting that addresses a social welfare-related issue. Examples include school boards, local government council meetings, Congressional hearing, or public hearings. If you are unsure if your choice is appropriate, check with your Instructor.

Note: Remember that you are representing Walden University and the social work profession and that you must respect the proceedings of the meeting.
Submit a 2- to 3-page paper that includes the following:

    • State the title of the meeting and its date, time, and location. Attach the agenda of the meeting.
    • Explain the purpose of the meeting, and describe the attendees (for example, a school board meeting on bullying policies with parents, teachers, and counselors in attendance).
    • Explain the policy or policies discussed at the meeting. What social injustices or discrimination did you observe? What problems and solutions were discussed?
    • Describe the overall discussion in the meeting. Were the leaders willing to work with the attendees in resolving the problems? Did the attendees feel heard? What were the communication styles of the leaders and the attendees?
    • Describe how the meeting ended. Were the attendees satisfied with the meeting?
    • What are the advocacy needs of this group? Did they stay after the meeting to discuss among themselves?

    Assignment: Prominent Social Work Policy Maker

    You may have heard the saying that those who discover or create new knowledge “stand upon the shoulders of giants.” As a future social worker, you will stand on the shoulders of many individuals who have come before you. These influential people may have fought for women’s suffrage, African American rights, or poverty assistance, among other social causes. You may be familiar with their names through your textbook readings for this course, or they may be entirely unknown to you.Through the research and writing for this Assignment, you will gain a better understanding of one social policy activist and their lasting contributions to the social work profession. To Prepare: Choose one of the following social work policy makers as the focus of your paper, and identify a signature social policy effected by that person:Jane Addams
    Clara Barton
    Dorothy Day
    William Edward B. DuBois
    Medgar Evers
    Mary Richmond
    Dorothea Spellman
    Harriett Tubman
    Booker T. WashingtonSubmit a 4- to 6-page scholarly paper using the following outline:

    1. Biography of the Social Work Policy Maker
      • Provide a brief background of the policy maker, including family and professional history.
    2. The Social Welfare Policy/Service
      • Describe the core tenets of the policy developed by the policy maker upon which you focused.
      • Explain the community needs for this policy.
      • Describe the population/community served by this policy.
      • Explain the process of developing and enacting this policy.
    3. Impact of the Policy
      • Describe how this policy addressed the needs of a population/community.
      • Describe how this policy advocated for a population and served social justice.
      • Explain how this policy changed the community.
    4. Practice Implications
      • Discuss how this policy impacts social work practice today.

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