A Unique Experience for Students in D.C.

students at CRISPThree MSW students participated in the Congressional Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) “Political Boot Camp” last month in Washington, D.C. Our students, Brita Larson, Jennifer Smith and Alyssa Watts, along with select social workers, social work faculty and students from throughout the country, gained skills in preparing to run for office, managing a campaign, and becoming a campaign spokesperson.


“Whether it’s running for a local candidacy or a national role, canvassing for a candidate, or lobbying your legislators, CRISP really taught me that getting involved at the local level is essential, and it's also a good place to start,” says Brita Larson, one of the participants. “Based on feedback from our trainers, social workers already have the goods and tools to successfully engage in politics.”


CRISP works to increase the number of social workers involved in the legislative and policy process and to bridge social work research with policy makers. It was started in 2012 as an outgrowth of the Congressional Social Work Caucus.


“Our Code of Ethics demands that we fight for social justice and that we advocate with and for the oppressed and vulnerable among us,” said Alyssa Watts. “CRISP showed me that political social work provides the opportunity to do just that, and to do so at an incredibly critical time in our history.”


Making this opportunity available for students involved substantial expense and was only possible through donor support.


These students will share what they have learned with fellow students, faculty, staff and the community in various venues throughout the year.

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