This committee will focus on the legislative issues that impact social workers and the clients and communities they serve. The committee will meet with the NASW-NM lobbyist and staff regularly throughout the year and during the legislative session to identify areas of interest, plan advocacy strategies, and update members on policy issues within the state. The legislative committee also seeks to educate social workers and social work students on the legislative process and the importance of engagement.
The Chair of the Legislative Committee is Shelby Greaser. Please check back later for more on Shelby!
The Legislative Committee meets every first Thursday of the month from 10 - 11 AM.
The mission of the legislative committee is to advocate for laws, policies, and practices that reflect social work values and ethics for both the profession of social work and the clients and communities we serve at the local and state level.
See our legislative summary from the 2021 session, including the bills NASW-NM supported, by clicking down below!
Since this taskforce has formed, they have presented multiple topics at our 2021 conference concerning suicide in native populations, COVID-19 related issues on reservations, and mental health/substance abuse with native populations, all presentations were well attended and highly rated at the conference.
The Chairs of the NA/AI Task Force are Joey Jimenez and Tonya Louis. Please check back later for more on Joey and Tonya!
The founding members of the task force are: Charlene Poola, Betty Gorman, Tasha Guerrero, Jennifer Nanez, Leena Gachupin, and Melissa Riley.
NEXT TASK FORCE MEETING:
The Task Force utilizes Doodle polls every month to determine the best time for members to meet. Please email here if you would like to be included on the email list.
The purpose of the NASW-NM NA/AI Taskforce, is to collaborate with those
who work with the Native American/Indian American population. It is also a way for NASW-NM to support the work that is done within these communities and provide a reciprocal relationship between the two entities.
The committee is responsible for assisting the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) in addressing complaints filed against members in accord with the Association’s policy on professional review. The Ethics Committee will assist the OEPR in convening local mediations and panels to conduct hearings. The Ethics Committee will also provide ethics education and training opportunities to chapter members and others in their local community.
MEETING TIMES: The Ethics Committee meets on the last Monday of every Month at 2 p.m.
Kimberly Knox is currently an Associate Professor at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM and a proud first-generation college graduate. Dr. Knox earned a Ph.D. in Special Education with an Emphasis on bilingual and multicultural education. She earned a MSW from New Mexico State University with an emphasis on family therapy in a multicultural setting a bachelor's in psychology from Western Connecticut State University Mrs. Knox worked in the Las Cruces Public Schools system as a school social worker for 13 years supporting exceptional students in the developmentally delayed pre-school department, autism support, primary and secondary students in inclusion, and as a behavior specialist. She is a board-certified clinical supervisor with the state of NM and a Level 3 school social worker has 13 years of experience as a school social worker supporting exceptional students in the developmentally delayed pre-school department, autism support, primary and secondary students in inclusion, and as a behavior specialist. . Her practice experience includes acute mental health crises, group therapy, and extensive work in family systems.
Kimberly has facilitated several workshops and presentations surrounding social work and special education and believes that social workers are key advocates in schools to promote social justice, and combat stigma and bias about exceptional students. In her spare time, you will find Kimberly on a road-bike, hiking a trail in the mountains, and relaxing with her family.
The NASW-NM DEI Committee is currently finding a new time to meet! We are also currently looking for a new co-chair of the committee! If you are interested or would like more information, please fill out the Contact Us from at the bottom of the page.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) is dedicated to ensuring racial justice and equity through combating institutional systems of oppression, within the context of social work values and ethics. The committee will work to increase inclusivity, build relationships and ally ship with diverse communities across New Mexico. Committee members shall understand social work’s history of complicity in institutional racism and work to repair this historical legacy through ethical practice and antiracist action.
The DEI Committee meets the second Friday of each month from 12 - 1 PM.
The Conference Planning Committee will work with NASW-NM staff to carry out goals and objectives for the annual conference. Planning committee may include but not be limited to identifying conference themes, speakers, and other details relating to preparation.
The Chair of the Conference Planning Committee is Ellen Costilla. Please read more about Ellen by clicking here!
MEETING TIME: The Conference Planning Committee will be meeting on the fourth Thursday of every Month from 12 - 1 p.m.
The School Social Workers Committee will work to enhance the professional development and enrichment of school social workers throughout the state. The School Social Workers Committee is where members can share important information and resources with each other.
The first School Social Workers Committee meeting will take place on Friday, July 1 from 12 - 1 PM. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please fill out the form below for the Zoom link.