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Thank you for coming and making LEAD 2024 a success!

Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD)

The Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) 2024 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. 

Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) Child Mental Health: Finding social work public policy solutions thursday march 21 2024 12 to 3pm state library in the rhode island state house free to social work students $15 members $25 not yet members 2 ceu's

LEAD 2024 will be hosted in person at the Rhode Island State House in the State Library on Thursday, March 21, 2024, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. The theme is Child Mental Health: Finding Social Work Public Policy Solutions. Registration is required in advance! 2 CEUs for social workers. 

Please plan to eat your lunch in advance!


12:00 – 12:30 pm Registration in the State Library
(Water provided, please eat lunch prior) 

12:30 – 12:40 pm Welcoming Remarks
Rebekah Gewirtz, Executive Director, NASW-RI introduces: 
Secretary of State Gregg M. Amore and Representative Caldwell

12:40 – 12:50 pm Proclamation Declaring March Social Work Month
Representative Shallcross Smith and Senator DiMario

12:50 – 1:30 pm Keynote Address
Senator Alana DiMario

1:30 – 2:15 pm Panel Discussion
Moderator: Rebekah Gewirtz, Executive Director, NASW-RI

Amy Mello Messenger, Providence Public Schools Social Worker and NASW-RI Board Member
Justin Roias, Social Worker and Providence City Councillor
Marti Rosenberg, Office of Health and Human Services
Rose Molina, Social Worker NASW-RI Award Recipient 2022

2:15 – 2:30 pm Lobbying 101
Hannah Stern, American Civil Liberties Union

2:30 – 2:40 pm Closing Remarks and Call to Action
Meagan Dubois, MSW Student Intern, NASW-RI

2:40 – 3:00 pm Group Photo and Floor Visits

Networking Event

4:00 –  6:00 pm Public Kitchen & Bar
120 Francis St, Providence, RI 02903
(Free pizza and non-alcoholic beverages, additional registration not required)

How to Get to the State House Library

The Rhode Island State House is located at
82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903

Metered spaces are available on Smith, Francis, and Gaspee streets for up to 4 hours, accepting only coins and the Passport Parking app. Handicapped parking is accessible on the east side of the building. The Providence Place Mall parking garage is $2 for under 5 hours

Entering the building
Enter either from the Smith Street side, facing away from downtown, or through the staff entrance from the small parking lot for those with mobility constraints.

Locating the State Library
Upon arrival, walk through the security metal detector and up the main stairs to the State Library, which is situated on the second floor directly above the main entrance.

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: https://naswri.socialworkers.org/Advocacy 

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Providence College Champion Sponsor Providence College- the department of social work at providence college combines classroom learning and professionally supervised internships to prepare out stuidents for immediate employment or graduate school

Rhode Island College Champion Sponsor Rhode Island College Be Blod. Change the World by Helping Others. RIC prepares social workers to strengthen communities, challenge injustice, and implement meaningful social change-without the debt.

Salve Regina University Advocate Sponsor Salve Regina University Through a comprehensive blend of coursework and fieldwork, students prepare for professional careers dedicated to social justice and social work's role of today's multicultural society.