UConn Campaign School for Social Workers

Campaign School for Social Workers

Thursday, March 24 and Friday, March 25, 2022
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily (check-in: 9 a.m.)
Golden Hawk Room, Nixon Annex  •  UNCW Campus

The Campaign School for Social Workers is for anyone who wants to be more politically active as a candidate, staff, volunteer and/or advocate for social change. Attendees learn from political social workers and national experts who will help you discover why you belong in politics. Taught through the lens of the profession’s values and Code of Ethics, this powerful workshop will build campaign skills as well as address central issues like race, identity and ethics in politics.


Group discounts available for academic cohorts registering together. Register five and get one free when registering between January 15-February 24!

  • UNCW students: $30
  • Non-UNCW students: $50
  • Community members and faculty: $80
  • Sponsor (Community partner plus reduced student rate): $110

Registration includes Thursday night reception, breakfast, lunch and refreshments daily.

Register now!

Questions? Contact Leslie Owens owensl@uncw.edu or Kathy Huber huberk@uncw.edu

Lodging Information »


March 24: 

  • 9 a.m. Welcome (Stacey Kolomer MSSW, PhD, Director, UNCW School of Social Work)
  • 9:15 a.m. Consider yourself asked! (Tanya Rhodes Smith, MSW)
  • 9:40 a.m. Introductions and networking
  • 10 a.m. Campaigns, leadership and getting ready to run! (Kate Coyne-McCoy, MSW)
  • 10:40 a.m. Coffee break
  • 10:50 a.m. What role will you play on a campaign?
  • 11:30 a.m. Break out and small groups
  • 11:45 a.m. Fundraising
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch and group photo
  • 1 p.m. Campaign messaging
  • 1:45 p.m. Small group exercise (your story)
  • 2:10 p.m. Break
  • 2:20 p.m. Voter and volunteer engagement
  • 2:45 p.m. Q & A
  • 3:15 p.m. Reflections on today and preparing for tomorrow

March 25

  • 9 a.m. Social work can help save Democracy (Tanya Rhodes Smith)
  • 9:30 a.m. Inside the Studio: What’s it really like to hold elected office?
    A conversation about how social workers in office use their professional identity, training, values and ethics to shape their agenda and navigate the world of politics.

    Moderator: Kimberly Hardy, candidate for NC House of Representatives and Assistant Professor at Fayetteville State University

    NC State Representative Deb Butler (D-18th, New Hanover)
    NC State Representative Graig Meyer (D-50th, Caswell, Orange)
    NC State Senator Sydney Batch (D-17th, Wake)
  • 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:40 a.m. Race, representation and power
    Roundtable discussion on what it’s like to run or serve as a person of color, and what all social workers can do to build and support a more representative democracy.

    Moderator: Deborah Dicks Maxwell, President, NC NAACP

    Donna Bell, former councilperson, Chapel Hill
    Victoria Garcia Velazco, New Hanover County Democratic Chair
    Kimberly Hardy
  • 11:40 a.m. Small groups: What are some specific ways that we can take to support candidates and leaders of color? How does identity and/or positionality affect our leadership in this space?
  • 12 p.m. Lunch and networking
  • 12:45 p.m. Where do we go from here? What the Code of Ethics tells us about leadership in a divided America. 
  • 1:30 p.m. Stronger together: How you can build your political skills and network with NASW NC
  • 2 p.m. Break
  • 2 p.m. Commit to action, evaluation and next steps
  • 2:45 p.m. Report out and wrap up


  • Mary Lynn Richardson Fund
  • Lunsford Richardson Preyer Charitable Lead Unitrust
  • Britt and Alice Preyer