As we at the School of Social Work continue developing the curriculum for our upcoming Policy & Political Social Work Pathway, which will be a new major for our student to select, hosting this event for Dr. Lane generated even more excitement among students, staff, and faculty. As a world leader and alumna of our program, Dr. Lane’s event was successful in getting attendees to see the value of social workers engaging in policy and political work while providing concrete tools for people to use.
We recorded Dr. Lane’s lecture for future use in our policy and political focused courses. Additionally, students will have numerous opportunities over the coming months to engage in this kind of work as I will be leading our school’s voter registration efforts through the Big 10 Voting Challenge and the presidential debate activities.
The project was advertised heavily within the School of Social Work through the electronic signs in our building, emails to the listserv, and inclusion in our dean’s newsletter. I also had the event recorded and uploaded to our school’s YouTube channel. Additionally, we had information and invitations sent to several other schools on campus.
Advice to your Colleagues:
-Having the support of our communications department was integral in successfully disseminating information about the event.
-Having our videographer/photographer record the event and take photos has already proven to be very helpful as I’ve been able to share that content with people that were unable to attend.
-For future events, I would make sure that we advertise earlier in an effort to recruit more attendees.