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 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 @VilissaThompson Blog:
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)



Chat Schedule


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




Host:  Karen Zgoda with Kim Hokanson
Topic: #March for Our Lives & Social Action with Youth

Host:  Kristin Battista-Frazee @porndaughter
Topic: Social Work is a Robot-Proof Career

Host: Chat Contributor – Rachel Castillo
Topic: Trauma Informed Care in Your Community

Host: Karen Zgoda @karenzgoda
Topic: “The Tale” – Sexual abuse, exploitation, memory – we’ll discuss the HBO special airing May 26th

Host: Stephen Cummings @spcummings
Topic: TBA


Host: Rachel West @poliSW
Topic: Social Action 104: Intro to Community Organizing

Host: Vilissa Thompson @vilissathompson
Topic: TBA

Host: TBA
Topic: TBA

Host: Pat Shelly @UBSSW
Topic: Summer Reads for Social Workers


7/5 (no Chat) Happy Fourth of July

Host: Stephen Cummings @spcummings
Topic: “Foster Care or Something”: Policy implications of the foster care system as remedy

Host: Rachel West @poliSW
Topic: Social Action 104: Intro to Community Organizing

Host: Karen Zgoda @karenzgoda
Topic: Open Mic: Self-care for the Summer

AUGUST: Summer Break!

We’ll be back chatting on September 6