Assembly Policies Are Online

NASW members still have time to review and comment on new proposed policy statements, proposed bylaws amendments and other items to be considered at this year's NASW Delegate Assembly.

Taking place Aug. 7-10 in Washington, D.C., the Delegate Assembly is the representative decision-making body through which NASW members set broad organizational policy, establish program priorities and develop a collective stance on public and professional issues. It meets every three years.

Attendees and members can visit the Website to join in the preliminary discussions, said Sue Jashinsky, senior chapter relations associate.

Among the 23 policy statements are two new proposals, Jashinsky said. They are "Slavery and Human Trafficking," a public policy; and "Professional Self Care," a professional policy. Members are encouraged to post their comments on these. Comments can also be added to proposed amendments to the bylaws and the NASW Code of Ethics on the Web site.

NASW members may also submit suggestions on program priority goals, Jashinsky said, noting the final voting on the goals will take place at the August meeting.

In May, delegates will also be selecting their top 10 emerging-issue topics as part of the Assembly agenda for discussion.

The Web site will serve as the primary communication center before the event. All memos, notices, program priority, organizational, professional and public policy proposals will be posted on the site.

2017 Update: Members get find The Delegate Assembly information and Resources on the new Website.