March 2017 was observed as National Social Work Month and Norfolk State University’s Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work faculty created and participated in several campus-wide and regional special events. Social workers stand up for millions of people every day. These include those who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, our veterans, children, families and communities. Yet many people still misunderstand who social workers are and the invaluable contributions they bring to society.
This year’s theme for Social Work Month was “Social Workers Stand Up!” The observance was designed to educate the public about the contributions of social workers and give social workers and their allies tools they can use to elevate the profession.
Dr. Sandra Williamson-Ashe, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, spent the last day of the month-long observance at a career day at Chesterfield Academy — a part of the Norfolk Public School system.