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Legislative Education and Advocacy

Development (LEAD) Initiatives

LEAD 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Indiana State House

Rally - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tentative Agenda - click here for event flyer

11:15-1:00 PM  Tentative schedule includes a variety of presentations on legislation, the importance of advocacy for social workers, and more. These will include:

  • Kathy Byers, Co-Founder of LEAD, Professor Emeritus, IUSSW - Bloomington Campus
  • Chants lead by Purdue Northwest social work students 
  • Discussion on specific legislation
  • Katrina Norris, NASW-IN President Elect, on why social workers should care about policy?
  • NASW-IN student interns
  • Legislators
We hope you will join with students and professionals from around the state for our annual LEAD Day event.  In 2020, LEAD will be a one day event at the Indiana State House and will include a rally with information and updates on relevant legislation.  LEAD is an opportunity to meet up with your peers and colleagues and be a voice for positive change.


Thank you to our LEAD Day Sponsors



Research Indiana Policy-Making

NASW Indiana LEAD Committee

The LEAD Committee is charged with planning, implementing and evaluating Legislation, Education, and Advocacy Development Initiatives annually in accordance with NASW Indiana's mission to:

  • Promote social justice by facilitating Indiana social workers maximum participation in the legislative process.
  • Create community and legislative environments in which social work values are accepted and implemented by policy makers in Indiana.
  • Educate social workers and students (members and non-members) about the importance of influencing state policy by encouraging effective participation in the electoral process and by advocating for statewide actions that promote progressive social policies.

Bessie Proffet, MSW, LSW

LEAD Initiatives Chair

We invite you to visit or join this committee!
Contact (317) 923-9878 or


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