NASW Wisconsin Chapter Advocacy Day 2023


Advocacy Day Capitol

Wednesday, April 12th, 2023, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration 8:00 - 9:00 am
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
1 John Nolan Dr., Madison, WI
and the
Wisconsin State Capitol
2 East Main St., Madison, WI

Join us for this EMPOWERING program!

Keynote Speaker

Tanya Atkinson


Key Issues

  • Wisconsin State Budget - In this training, Kristin Schumacher, Research Director at Kids Forward, will present information on the impact of the state budget on children and families in Wisconsin, including taking Medicaid expansion monies, and how we can advocate for a budget that supports the most vulnerable residents of our state.
  • Raise the Age - In this training, Emily Coddington, Associate Director of Wisconsin Association of Family & Children’s Agencies, Inc will present information regarding the current state policy of referring 17-year-olds to adult court, and the campaign to end this policy.
  • Licensure Issues - In this training, NASW WI Executive Director Marc Herstand will present information on the current severe backlog in the processing of social work certification and licensure applications and the budget and policy proposals that could address this problem.
  • Anti-racism, Anti-sexism, Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation Legislation - In this training, NASW WI Executive Director Marc Herstand will present information regarding proposed state legislation restricting ant-racism & anti-sexism education in K-12 schools, WI technical colleges and universities and local and state government, as well as anti-LGBTQ+ legislation restricting discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in the public schools.
  • Affordable Housing - In this training, Emily Kenney, Director of Systems Change at Impact, Inc will present information regarding the Housing First program, which has been shown to be very effective in reducing homelessness.
  • Advocacy 101 - In this training, Jack O’Meara of O’Meara Public Affairs, LLC will discuss the basics of advocacy in the Wisconsin state legislature.


All Students- $40.00, Members- $45.00, Non-Members- $50.00

*Note: All fees include breakfast & lunch

Registration Information and Mail-in Form 


Register online at:

Registration deadline Wednesday, March 29th, 2023.


Incentives for Attending Advocacy Day

  • Learn about legislation of interest to social workers
  • Participate in a unique networking opportunity
  • Receive training on advocacy & lobbying techniques Speak out & gain legislative support for NASW WI priority issues
  • Earn up to 3 continuing education hours!

Schedule of Events

● 8:00—9:00 Registration & Breakfast

● 9:00—10:00 Keynote Address

● 10:00—12:05 Breakout Sessions

● 10:15—10:45 Session 1

● 10:55—11:25 Session 2

● 11:35—12:05 Session 3

● 12:15—1:00 Lunch

● 1:30—3:00 Meet with Legislators at Capitol Building

● 3:00—4:00 Debrief