Association for Community Organization & Social Administration

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#MacroSW Chats


Who We Are:

We are a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis.



Chat Schedule

Chats are held weekly on Thursday nights at 9pm EST at Twitter hashtag #MacroSW.



September 2018

  • 9-6-18  Navigating Systems: Homelessness w/ Host  @AlyssaLotmore and Guest Expert –Amanda Aykanian @aykanian
  • 9-13-18 Civic and Government Tech w/ Host @StephenCummings and Guest Expert Fallon Wilson @SistahWilson
  • 9-20-18 Social Work in These Trying Times – Hosted by Sunya Folayan
  • 9-27-18 Social Work Campaign for Voter Mobilization w/ Host @poliSW and Guest Expert Terry Mizrahi  – (visit )

October 2018

  • 10-4
  • 10-11 Medicare today- What all social workers need to know w/ Host Pat Shelly and Guest Expert Louanne Bakk, Director, University at Buffalo Institute for Innovative Aging Policy and Practice
  • 10-18 Disability & Voting w/Host Vilissa Thompson and Guest Expert Sarah Blahovec
  • 10-25 How Voter-Friendly is your Community? w/Host Rachel L. West and Guest Expert Tanya Smith

November 2018

  • 11-1
  • 11-8      CSWE 2018 Chat!
  • 11-15    #MacroSW Research Update, with @karenzgoda and @spcummings
  • 11-22    Thanksgiving, no chat
  • 11-29

December 2018

  • December 2018 through January 24, 2019 WINTER RECESS

January 2019

  • 1-31 Social Action 105: Locality Development w/ host Rachel West @poliSW

February 2019

  • 2-7 A Day in the Life of a Macro Social Worker with Greer Hamilton, MSW, Community Impact Coordinator
  • 2-21 Public Transit as a Human Right w/Host Pat Shelly @ubssw and Guest Expert Holly Nowak from the Coalition for Economic Justice
  • 2-28 Social Action 106: Social Planning & Policy Change w/Host Rachel L. West @poliSW

March 2019

  • 3-7 Drug Policy w/Host Stephen Cummings @spcummings with Guest Expert: Dr. Sheila Vakharia @MyHarmReduction
  • 3-14 Social Action 107: Social Action & system Advocacy w/Host Rachel L. West @poliSW
  • 3-21 Licensing at the Macro Level: Purpose, curriculum influence, goals w?Host Stephen Cummings @spcummings
  • 3-28 Social Action 108: Coalition Building w/Host Rachel L. West @poliSW

April 2019

  • Coming Soon

May 2019

  • Coming Soon

June 2019

  • Coming Soon

July 2019

  • Summer Recess

August 2019

  • Summer Recess


Chat Partners:

Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA)@acosaorg
Kristin Battista-Frazee, MSW, Author and Marketing Consultant@porndaughter
Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama at Birmingham@laurelhitchcock
Stephen Cummings, ACSW, LISW, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Iowa School of Social Work@spcummings
Pat Shelly, MSW, Director of Community Engagement and Expansion, University at Buffalo School of Social Work@UBSSW @PatShellySSW
Rachel L. West, LMSW, The Political Social Worker@poliSW
Sunya Folayan, MSW, ACSW, founder/executive director, The Empowerment Project, Inc.@SunyaFolayan
Vilissa Thompson, LMSW,  Founder of @RampYourVoice, Disability Rights Consultant and Advocate,  Macro Social Worker @VilissaThompsonBlog:
Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, PhD student in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston@karenzgoda



Media Partners:

Linda Grobman and The New Social Worker Magazine – We welcome The New Social Worker Magazine (@newsocialworker) as our new media partner! The New Social Worker is the award-winning social work careers magazine founded by Linda Grobman in 1994. Website . This online magazine features practical articles on social work, ethics, field placement, practice issues  and specialties, technology in social work and more.


Chat Contributors:

Jeff Fromknecht, MSW, Attorney & Counselor at Law at Side Project Inc.@SideProjectInc



Former Chat Partners:
Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW, writer of Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian (N.A.H.) @Relando_TJ and @N_A_H_Blog
Network for Social Work Management (NSWM)@TheNSWM
University of Southern California School of Social Work@mswatusc



Rachel L. West, LMSW, The Political Social Worker@poliSW
Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, PhD student in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston@karenzgoda
Deona Hooper, Social Work Helper (@swhelpercom), @deonahooper (Active in 2014; currently inactive)