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Executive Director’s Message: Idealism v. Reality — My Last Column

Executive Director’s Message: Idealism v. Reality — My Last Column

By Janlee Wong,
NASW-CA Executive Director

When I started my MSW program at San Francisco State University 45 years ago, I wanted to change a world filled with racism, inequality, poverty, and injustice. My classmates and I thought that we could make a significant difference with what we could learn in a professional social work program. We would ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis

By Janlee Wong
NASW-CA Executive Director

John Lewis great Civil Rights icon and the last of the big six leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington (King, Wilkins, Young, Farmer, Randolph) leaves behind an incredible legacy of bravery and courage, organizing acumen and principled ethical stands that are universally admired.

During my family’s 2015 Civil ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Statement On the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

By Janlee Wong,
NASW-CA Executive Director

John Lewis, the great Civil Rights icon and the last of the big six leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington (King, Wilkins, Young, Farmer, Randolph) leaves behind an incredible legacy of bravery and courage, organizing acumen and principled ethical stands that are universally admired.

During my family’s 2015 ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: Social Work’s Pivotal Role in Fighting Systemic Racism

By Janlee Wong,
NASW-CA Executive Director

Historically, NASW has had an intentional policy to recruit members, leaders, and staff to reflect diversity and inclusion of the social worker population and to a lesser extent the general population. In some years it has been successful. Some chapters have struggled but the intention is there and will continue. To ..Read More…

Statement From API Social Work Council-South On Racial Justice

Say their names! Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Maurice Gordon, Rayshard Brooks, Sean Monterrosa, Tony McDade. The tragic loss of these Black lives and countless others point to how embedded racism is in American society and culture. It is not lost on us that Asians and Pacific Islanders (API) stand on the shoulders of ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: The End of Racism?

By Janlee Wong,
NASW-CA Executive Director

The stunning massive and near universal outcry and protest the killing of George Floyd and many others by police has galvanized people across the nation and the world. No one can watch the video of Floyd’s killing without feeling pain and demanding justice.  Liberal or conservative, white, or black, Asians, Latinx, American Indian/Native Americans and so many ..Read More…

Academics and Social Workers Believe That Black Lives Matter: Message from Dr. Sylvester Bowie, NASW-CA President

By Dr. Sylvester Bowie, Ed.D., MSW; Faculty at California State University, Sacramento; and the NASW-CA Chapter President (2018–2021)

Broken hearts and sadness seem to be the refrain after the murder of George Floyd. Many celebrities, politicians, athletes, and regular citizens have joined in the chorus of condemnation and the call for justice for George Floyd ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: Racism, When Will It End?

RACISM: WHEN DOES IT END? 

By Janlee Wong,
NASW-CA Executive Director

While recent events seem to indicate an increase in racism, we all know that it is ever present and must be fought continuously. The recent killings by police of Ahmaud Aubrey (GA) Breonna Taylor (KY), George Floyd (MN) and Tony McDade point to how imbedded racism is in American society and culture and ..Read More…

WATCH: Executive Director’s Message For Social Workers Graduating in 2020

Social workers! Our Executive Director, Janlee Wong, recently sat down to share a message for our new class of social workers that graduated this spring. We know that not being able to celebrate this achievement in person has been tough for many, but we would like to share this message of hope from us to ..Read More…

Executive Director’s Message: Congratulations Social Work Graduates

By Janlee Wong,
NASW-CA Executive Director

Congratulations Graduates,

In this time of crisis and turmoil, and in all times of human need, people look to professionals like social workers to help. All of us do this because this is what we’re trained to do. This is what our Code of Ethics, our values and our professionalism tells ..Read More…

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