School of Social Work Sponsors BSW Senior to Attend Humphrey's Institute Campaign School for Social Workers

School of Social Work Sponsors BSW Senior to Attend Humphrey's Institute Campaign School for Social Workers

On March 2-3, the School of Social Work helped sponsor Monique Samayoa, a senior in the BSW Program, to attend the Humphrey's Institute Campaign School for Social Workers.

The institute is a workshop hosted annually by the University of Connecticut.

“Campaign school focused mostly on preparing social workers and students to impact political action and policy change,” Monique said. “Overall the experience was awesome!”

Monique said that political social work is a different area within the social work field and it’s one not heard of much.

“I received an opportunity in getting the information I needed in order to pursue my social work career,” she said.

She said the institute focused on social work’s role in a much more inclusive democracy. It covered topics such as preparation to run a campaign and how to do so; fundraising; crafting a campaign message and creating and finalizing a personal story; delivering a campaign message; researching the district and how to contact voters; launching a campaign; and the careers paths in political settings.

“Day two was my favorite,” she said, “because we received additional information in regards to career paths. After discussing the different career paths, I figured out mine. I would suggest an encouragement for students to attend this training. It could help grab the attention of other students like myself, who may want to actually run for office in hopes of making a difference in our communities.

This is the second year the School of Social Work has helped a student attend the workshop.