Social Work Campaign School: Protecting the Right to Vote
The Social Work in Focus Transition Team (SWIFTT) challenges all social workers to get involved this election season while safely remaining at home. Led by Social Work MSW alum, Andre Iadipaolo, SWIFTT is an ad hoc committee established to support the WSU School of Social Work with outreach and action during this time of crisis. SWIFTT is calling on our Warrior community to get out the vote and participate in its three-pronged Social Work Votes campaign, which includes the Rolling Vote Initiative, Campaign School and Election Day activities.
Join the Wayne State School of Social Work this fall for our 2020 Campaign School: Protecting the Right to Vote scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10 am to 2 pm. As we enter this critical election season, communities across the country face intentional voter suppression. From county red-tape to federal practices, voters face many obstacles to have their voices heard. Yet no profession is better suited to protect the vote than social work!
All Wayne State students, faculty and staff are invited to attend Campaign School to learn practical knowledge and action items for protecting civic engagement. Keynote speaker Tanya Rhodes-Smith, MSW, instructor in residence and director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work, will address the many forms voter suppression takes. Campaign School will also feature an Election Protection Panel and an in-depth discussion of the documentary Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. Attendees are asked to view the film ahead of time, which is available for free on YouTube.
We encourage those interested in becoming politically active as a candidate, staff, volunteer and/or advocate to join us at Campaign School! We request that you complete the RSVP to obtain the Zoom link by Thursday, September 24, 2020.