Authorization and Accountability
The unique mission of the Social Work Pioneer Program is to foster the historical continuity of the profession through the pursuit of four major goals:
The Social Work Pioneer Program shall be ongoing.
Members, Terms and Criteria
The unique mission of the Social Work Pioneer Program shall be guided by a Steering Committee made up of individual Social Work Pioneers who wish to, and are able to participate. The Steering Committee shall determine its needs for subcommittees or other task oriented working groups. The Steering Committee shall choose its leadership with endorsement by the President of NASW.
The Pioneers shall give leadership and volunteer service to projects such as developing the Pioneer Room at NASW, identifying and selecting new Pioneers, collecting personal histories and historical memorabilia that inform and promote the social work profession, developing and supporting research and education activities, assuming a role in the development of revenue resources to support Social Work Pioneer activities and encouraging local groups to identify pioneering efforts and specific pioneers.
In 1994, at the request of the NASW Board, the SWNREF Board authorized a "fund" to support the recognition of Social Work Pioneers. Identification of leaders who have made a contribution to social welfare in this country has been a central task of the Pioneers. This process is arduous and on-going and seeks to centrally collect information about individuals whose contributions have made an impact on the profession as well as society and about important history of the profession which might otherwise be lost. The Social Work Pioneer Program also has given priority to the development of the Pioneer Room as the place of distinction in the NASW national office in which plaques and pictures can be displayed permanently. The Pioneer Fund, as part of the 501(c)(3) entity, has been well utilized for memorial contributions.
NASW Social Work Pioneers are social workers who have explored new territories and built outposts for human services on many frontiers. Some are well known; others less famous outside their immediate colleagues and the region where they live and work.
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