As a part of Social Work month, two faculty, Dr. April Murphy and Vivian Hurt, from WKU’s Department of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services, rallied the students and other social workers in the rotunda of State Capitol Building in Frankfort, KY for Lobby Day 2016. April Murphy was charged with energizing the crowd of social workers and social work students and talking about why it is important that social workers are in the room when policy is being formulated. Most politicians do not look at issues from a social work perspective and there is a need to be there to give a voice to those most vulnerable populations that social workers serve. The goal of Lobby Day is to help law makers understand that individuals should not be discriminated against because of their sexuality, their race, their sex, their socioeconomic status, or any other reason. Because social workers advocate for their clients, there is a need for a voice on policy development.
Dr. April Murphy address the crowd.
Vivian Hurt served the children and families of Kentucky for 27 years, building connections with community leaders and strengthening families across Kentucky. After her retirement, she wanted to advocate for these children and families on a larger scale and eventually became the Vice President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in Kentucky. Through these roles, she established a relationship with the new commissioner of the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS), Adria Johnson, who was the keynote speaker for Lobby Day 2016. Commissioner Johnson read a poem that she wrote about children that served to remind social workers why they do what they do every day.
Vivian Hurt provided an introduction for DCBC Commissioner, Adria Johnson.
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