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.
This committee will focus on the legislative issues that impact social workers, the clients and communities we serve. The committee will meet with the NASW-NM lobbyist and staff regularly 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.
Shelby Greaser is the Chair of the Legislative Committee. Shelby joined NM Voices for Children in 2022 and will work with the team to oversee and manage grant funding. She will also assist in development and event planning. Shelby was born and raised in Albuquerque, where she received both her Master’s in Social Work and Master’s in Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University. After graduating, she continued to support the social work profession as the Business Support Manager for the National Association of Social Workers where she engaged in event planning, business operations, and policy advocacy. Throughout Shelby’s education and career, she has maintained a passion for social and economic well-being.
The Legislative Committee meets every first Thursday of the month from 9 - 10 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!
This committee has formed to create a supportive, creative and nurturing space to support, grow and uplift Native social workers and social workers providing services on Native Lands. The committee is dedicated to the tenants and goals that were collectively arrived and agreed to by the committee. The NA/AI is working to address what is needed and what is and has been successful for Native people, by Native people. The group wants to be recognized as the professional body that young people can aspire to become. To obtain a copy of the strategic plan, please send your interest to join to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill the form out below.
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 include: Charlene Poola, Betty Gorman, Tasha Guerrero, Jennifer Nanez, and Leena Gachupin.
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.
We are also currently looking for a new chair(s) 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.
If you are interested in attending a committee meeting, please fill out the form below for the Zoom link and meeting times.