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Social Work students learn about social welfare issues in Annapolis

March 05, 2012

A group of students from Social Work professor James Kunz’s social welfare policy class joined 200 other students from around the state Feb. 23 for “Social Work Student Advocacy Day" in Annapolis. Students who participated are sophomores Melissa Weldon of Broomall, Pa.; Sarah Marshall of Lexington, Mass.; Elise O’Meara, Josh Smith of Cambridge, Mass., Tammy Warowitz of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Cindy Reid of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Kunz co-chairs the statewide planning committee for this event, which is sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (Maryland Chapter). One of the highlights of the day was a visit from Governor Martin O’Malley, who applauded the students for their decision to become social workers and urged them to advocate for fair and just policies for Maryland’s poor and disempowered.


Attending Health Care for the Homeless Day in Annapolis March 1 are McDaniel students Victoria Bacon ’13 of Landenberg, Pa.; Siobhan Matias ’13 of Yardville, N.J.; Delegate Nancy Stocksdale, Melissa Pennington ’13 of Westminster, Md.; Stefanie Breindel ’14 of Short Hills, N.J.; Anna Rawa ’14 of Hampstead, Md.; Jessica Nanney ’13 of Baltimore, Md.; Shanice Hackley ’14 of Owings Mills, Md., and professor Jim Kunz.

On March 1, another group from the class attended “Health Care for the Homeless Advocacy Day” where they learned about pending bills affecting Maryland’s homeless, attended a rally outside the State House, and visited with their elected officials. Social Work juniors, who volunteer at a local cold weather shelter for professor Kathy Orzolek-Kronner’s Social Work practice class, shared their experiences in an extended meeting with delegates Nancy Stocksdale and Justin Ready, whose legislative district includes McDaniel College.

Students who attended Health Care for the Homeless Day are Victoria Bacon ’13 of Landenberg, Pa.; Siobhan Matias ’13 of Yardville, N.J.; Delegate Nancy Stocksdale, Melissa Pennington ’13 of Westminster, Md.; Stefanie Breindel ’14 of Short Hills, N.J.; Anna Rawa ’14 of Hampstead, Md.; Jessica Nanney ’13 of Baltimore, Md., and Shanice Hackley ’14 of Owings Mills, Md.

“Visiting Annapolis is a great opportunity for Social Work majors to learn about social welfare issues, meet their elected officials and become familiar with the legislative process,” says Kunz.


McDaniel sophomores Melissa Weldon of Broomall, Pa.; Sarah Marshall of Lexington, Mass.; Elise O’Meara of Bowie, Md., Josh Smith of Cambridge, Mass., Tammy Warowitz of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Cindy Reid of Brooklyn, N.Y., outside the Miller Senate Office Building on Social Work Advocacy Day.

 
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