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The Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) is an annual conference hosted by the NASW Rhode Island Chapter, where many students from all three Schools of Social Work in Rhode Island and other professionals gather in the state house, to advocate for legislation that is relevant to the social work profession. Students and other attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of advocacy and all of its components. This year, the LEAD event will be hosted virtually.

Register for LEAD 2023 (see information about registration fees below).

Join us at our 18th Annual Legislative Education Advocacy Day Event: Social Work Policy Solutions to the Housing Crisis, on Tuesday, March 28, 12:00pm - 3:00pm (2.5 CEs available). 

A special thanks to our Chapter's Policy & Advocacy Committee for their dedication and support in planning this year's LEAD event. For more information on our advocacy agenda, visit: 


Registration fees: Registration is now open! FREE for students, $15 NASW members, and $25 non-members. Register Here! Registration closes Sunday, March 26th at 11:59pm. If have never created an account with this site, create an account then go back to register.  If you have any issues, please contact Angie at:

Cancellation Policy: Please note that no refunds will be issued after March 24th, 2023.


For questions about this event, please email us at 


Thank You to our Sponsors!




LEAD sponsor

See below for more information on our sponsorship levels

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Student Legislative Day


11:50am - 12:00pm  Zoom room opens

12:00pm - 12:05pm Registration/ Join ZOOM

12:05 – 12:10 pm Welcoming Remarks Rebekah Gewirtz, Executive Director, NASW-RI

12:10pm - 12:20pm Proclamation Declaring March Social Work Month - Representative Shallcross Smith and Senator Alana DiMario

12:20pm - 12:35pm Keynote Address - Lt. Governor Sabina Matos

12:35-1:00pm Presentation on Women in Housing by Angela McCalla

1:00pm - 1:55pm Panel Discussion Moderated by Wendy Becker, (Associate Professor, Rhode Island CollegeMSW)

Panelists :

  • Representative June Speakman 
  • Diamond Madsen (Housing Advocate)
  • Margaux Morisseau (Deputy Director, RI Coalition to End Homelessness)
  • Estefania Clavijo (Outreach Case Manager, House of Hope, MSW student)

1:55pm - 2:00pm Break

2:00pm - 2:30pm Lobbying 101 with Hannah Stern (Policy Associate, ACLU of Rhode Island)

2:30pm - 2:40pm Closing Remarks by Meghan Crowley, BSW Student Intern & 2023 LEAD Event Coordinator

2:40pm - 3:00pm Virtual Lobby Visits!!!

LEAD 2023 Speaker Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos