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NASWGA 2019 Advocacy Day: Elevate Social Work Through Social Justice


NASWGA 2019 Advocacy Day: Elevate Social Work Through Social Justice

Theme: Elevate Social Work through Social Justice.

Venue: Fulton County Government Center Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St SW #10, Atlanta, GA 30303 

1 CE Core Hour 

Cost: $10 - Includes Bag; Button; Legislative Material 

Open to students and professionals

2019 NASWGA Social Work Advocacy Day

One of the most effective ways of letting elected officials know your views on issues is through a personal meeting. In political terms, this is called lobbying. Lobbying provides members of Congress, state legislatures, and city council people with the information they need to make the best decisions for their constituencies.

Elected officials take heed to mass numbers— When a group of people from an elected official’s district requests a meeting regarding a particular issue, the elected official wants to hear their point of view. Most elected officials want to make sure that they understand the consequences and benefits of any particular piece of legislation on their constituency.

Meet The Speakers:

Wendi L Clifton, Esq. NASWGA Legislative Advocate

Wendi L. Clifton, has extensive public policy experience in Georgia and is a founding partner of two political consulting firms in Atlanta. She earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law, with a concentration in legislative, administrative and environmental law and policy.

Shelly Hutchinson Georgia House District  107

Shelly Hutchinson has lived in Gwinnett County for more than twenty years. She and her husband raised two children, have grown a highly successful business and developed strong community ties in the district.

She is the founder and director of the Social Empowerment Center, a full-service mental health and social service agency with more than 80 employees serving an 11 county area, which provides quality support to at-risk adults and children. She has long been an advocate for fair and effective mental health policies and programs across Georgia.

With a Bachelors of Arts from Louisiana State and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia, she founded the center 15 years ago and was recently honored for her business acumen and the rapid growth of her agency by the University of Georgia. Shelly teaches as an adjunct instructor at the University of Georgia both in Athens and Lawrenceville and is Chairperson for Mental Health Local Interagency Planning Teams in Gwinnett and surrounding counties.

Her experience as a social worker, businesswoman and past employee of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Service gives her a unique skill set to not only represent her district well, but also to serve as a knowledgeable resource when fellow legislators discuss the role of mental health in gun violence, Georgia’s growing opioid crisis, and other matters of public policy concerning the state’s network of social services.

For Tentative Agenda, please visit

Other Resources

Contact Your Legislator

House of Representatives:

State Senate:

Georgia Capitol Museum

For more information or refund policy, please contact NASWGA Office.

 National Association of Social Workers

 Georgia Chapter

Phone: 678-691-2112

Email: YWRtaW4gISBuYXN3Z2EgfCBzb2NpYWx3b3JrZXJzICEgb3Jn

Address: 2300 Henderson Mill Road NE

  Suite 125

  Atlanta, Georgia  30345

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