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.
Dr. Judy Barnstone is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University, teaching in the areas of research and political advocacy for about twelve years. She is a former maternal-child health and medical social worker, and her primary interest lies in socioeconomic influences on health and well-being.
The other co-chair of the Legislative Committee is Shelby Greaser, NASW-NM Corporate Support Manager. You can read more about Shelby here!
The Legislative Committee meets every third Thursday of the month from 1pm - 2pm.
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!
NEXT TASK FORCE MEETING:
December 6, 2021
10am - 11:30 am
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 taskforce has decided to work in a group which does not appoint a chair or co-chair. The task force currently consists of Charlene Poola, Betty Gorman, Tasha Guerrero, Jennifer
Nanez, Leena Gachupin, and Melissa Riley.
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 NASW-NM Ethics 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 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.