What is this?

For about a year now, my students have been asking me to start a website with a blog so that they can still have access to our course materials and (Bless them for asking!) my thoughts on advocacy, policy analysis, community organizing, and all of this ‘stuff’ that we social workers call macro practice. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of social workers engaged in this kind of practice, and many of us who are long for more colleagues and mentors to help us on these journeys. My course materials (most of them, at least) are uploaded on the topic pages here, with commentary that hopefully puts them in some context. And on this main page, I’ll try to post at least a few times a week with thoughts related to advocacy alerts, professional writings with social work advocacy relevance, commentary on current events, tips for nonprofit advocates, and, when I can get around to it, book reviews. I welcome comments from current and former students as well as other advocates committed to advocacy, based in social work values and ethics, towards a goal of sound public policy that reflects a concern with human well-being.

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