Share your skills and expertise by joining a NASW-CA Committee!
As social workers, the versatility of our field is endless. Whether it’s health and aging-related services or program development, social workers are involved in diverse roles and build expertise in all levels of their practice. With social workers’ combined unique and wide range of skills, our profession continues to break barriers all year round.
We invite NASW-CA members who are interested in sharing their skills, knowledge, and expertise to consider applying to a NASW-CA Committee! Through committee work alongside Chapter staff and Board Members, you can strengthen your leadership skills, expand your knowledge in the profession, and provide thought leadership on a variety of Chapter initiatives and priorities. Members drive change at NASW-CA, and we are eager to collaborate with you in service to the social work profession and our communities.
Applications to be appointed to one of our Chapter Committees are now open! To be considered for a two-year term, the deadline to apply is Monday, May 1st. NASW-CA members are encouraged to apply for any Committee(s) they are interested in serving on, and appointments will begin on July 1, 2023.
We are proud to lead the NASW California Chapter alongside you. Thank you for helping us continue to break barriers.
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Interested in getting involved? Browse our Committees below and apply to one that you are passionate about!
The Awards Committee selects one California Chapter member for the Social Worker of the Year Award, one member for the Lifetime Achievement Award, and one public citizen for the Public Citizen of the Year Award. The Committee selects recipients for the Dorothy F. Kirby Youth Social Worker of the Year and the Dorothy F. Kirby Administrator of the Year Awards. The Committee selects the statewide annual recipients from those nominations submitted through the regional award process and other sources.
CalPACE Committee (No Bylaws)
The California Political Action for Candidate Election Committee’s primary duties include: (1) To help elect and re-elect public officials and candidates who support the goals and objectives of the social work profession and its clients; (2) To promote the adoption of legislation that is in the interest of the social work profession and its clients; (3) To oppose legislation that is detrimental to the social work profession and its clients; and (4) To promote member education and mobilization of lawful political action.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The mission of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee is to promote respect for and equitable representation of diverse individuals, groups, and classes. The Committee works toward achieving equity and parity at all levels – from individual to society. It seeks to eradicate discrimination and oppression, which is often connected to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, political belief, mental or physical ability, and other preferences, personal characteristics, or statuses.
The Ethics Committee is responsible for hearing and determining complaints filed in accord with the Association’s policy for adjudication of grievances. This committee may be augmented by hearing panels developed in local areas. The Ethics Committee receives and processes complaints regarding unethical conduct by individual members of NASW related to (a) an agency’s violation of personnel standards in social work or (b) an agency’s imposition of limitations or penalties for professional action on behalf of clients.
The Legislative Committee is a standing committee of NASW-CA. The purpose of this committee is to advise the Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs on state legislative the chapter will support and oppose during the legislative session. The committee will also choose our annual lobby day bills. During elections, the Legislative Committee evaluates and determines a position on state propositions with a nexus to social work.
The mission of the Membership Committee is to serve members, expand our membership base, and ensure the diversity of our professional association. Diversity includes: ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender, age area of specialization, and employment sector. The purpose of the Membership Committee is to expand and enhance services to the membership of NASW California Chapter through effective program planning, organizational development and increased membership participation.
Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee’s primary duties include: (1) Assessing professional development needs of the membership; (2) Establish a program to assist members in meeting their professional development needs through continuing education workshops, conferences and other programs: (3) Establishing a system for assessing and approving presenters of Professional Development; and (4) Coordinating professional development efforts with other professions licensing boards and other relevant organizations.
Each of these committees serves an important purpose in guiding the California Chapter’s goals, policies, and functions.