Not only is voting the foundation of a healthy democracy, but studies show that communities that vote receive more attention and more resources. Despite social work’s code of ethics, which
Not only is voting the foundation of a healthy democracy, but studies show that communities that vote receive more attention and more resources. Despite social work’s code of ethics, which calls for the empowerment of clients, most social workers and social service agencies fail to connect this important practice to their mission, impact or the health of the communities they serve.
Voting is power and an essential ingredient to systems change, so when social workers and social service providers choose not to be “political,” they fail to support the power and voices of their clients and their communities.
Nonpartisan voter registration, education and outreach is legal and in some cases mandated by law. It’s about giving clients the tools they need to vote, such as how to vote, when to vote and where to vote. It’s about encouraging nonvoters and people who have been historically disenfranchised to vote, particularly since many have never been asked.
Tanya Rhodes Smith is the Director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work and a faculty member in Policy Practice at the UConn School of Social Work. As Director, she has overseen the expansion of the Institute’s Campaign School for Social Workers, led the development of nonpartisan voter engagement training models for schools of social work and communities, and strongly supported the idea that political engagement and voting are central to all social work practice and impact.
Tanya has experience in policy development, nonprofit administration, fundraising, community organizing, legislative advocacy, research and evaluation. Her previous employers include the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, DHA Associates, Person to Person and the Center for Children and Families, where she directed a federally funded demonstration grant to improve the continuum of care for children exposed to violence. She also served as a facilitator and coach for the Leadership Development Roundtable working to develop and support emerging nonprofit leaders in Connecticut. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association of Human Services (CAHS) and Social Venture Partners CT’s Policy Committee.
Tanya Rhodes Smith
St. Thomas Seminary467 Bloomfield Avenue, CT 06002
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