Why I Renew My NASW Membership

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If you’ve participated in NASW events, trainings, or advocacy efforts, you’ve likely run into some very loyal members. That’s because NASW is full of members who have been committed to the organization for years, even decades. We’re proud of their support and wanted to dig deeper into why they continue to renew. Here’s what four members shared about their experiences.


Gina Rosich, PhD

Faculty member at University of St. Josephs in West Hartford, CT

Gina Rosich

“I’ve been a member on and off since 1998. Once I started my PhD I wanted to keep up to date on things that were happening because my research was macro focused. Now that I’m in Connecticut in a faculty role, I have much more time to be involved. I have been on the Connecticut Chapter’s ELAN committee for the past few years. I also wanted to support the advocacy efforts of NASW as I became more aware of the work that happens at the national level. As my understanding and practice matured, so did my understanding of the various things NASW does.”


SaraKay Smullens, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, DCSW, CGP, CFLE

Social worker in Philadelphia and NASW author

SaraKay Smullens

"I have been a member for more than 50 years. Of the innumerable benefits, NASW Press is an extraordinary NASW resource. It offers a wide-reaching array of academic books and articles to educate and sustain us in these difficult complicated times. The Press is open and respectful to members’ proposals, and if a proposal is accepted, the editorial help and support received is superb."


Vimmi Surti

Social worker for a New Jersey domestic violence agency

Vimmi Surti

“I have been an NASW member since 2019 while I was a student at Rutgers University. I renew my membership for several reasons. I want to gain more exposure, connect with experts, and participate in conferences. I’m looking forward to the Conference being in person in May. I want to have my foot in every aspect of social work.”


Eliana Agudelo

Student studying for her MSW at Boston University and working as a Family Support Specialist at a Massachusetts nonprofit

Eliana Agudelo

“I have been a member since March 2021. I renew each year because I’ve found some excellent networking opportunities. Being a Student Ambassador also provided me with more information about what is available for members, which makes me look forward to using benefits when I have my Master’s!”


Learn more about the benefits and resources that keep members renewing their membership every year. Share your reasons for renewing on MyNASW and dive into the more than 1,000 discussion posts and replies each month.



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