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Policy and Advocacy Activities

NASW Indiana works tirelessly to promote policy and advocacy and behalf of our members and those they serve. Each of the committees below seek to meet that goal through their specific charge and are open to NASW Indiana member participation. We welcome all voices that help us be truly representative of our membership.  Contact a committee chair or email us at to learn more.

Legislative Education & Advocacy Development Committee (LEAD)

The LEAD Committee is charged with planning, implementing, and evaluating Legislation, Education, and Advocacy Day (LEAD) on an annual basis in accordance with NASW’s mission to:

  • Promote social justice by facilitating Indiana social workers (state-wide) 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.

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Public Policy/Social Action Committee (PPSA)

The Public Policy/Social Action Committee of the NASW Indiana Chapter proactively monitors, organizes and recommends social action, and advocates for:
  • Federal, State and local policies;
  • Administrative issues; and
  • Legislation that affects clients, consumers and communities served by social workers;
  • Legislation and policies that support and further the Social Work profession.

In conjunction with the Chapter Board of Directors, the Committee works with local and statewide coalitions to organize and advocate for social action to secure a just society for those we serve.

Political Action for Candidate Election Committee (PACE)

The Indiana PACE committee represents social workers in state and local elections and builds grassroots networks through member political education and mobilization. PACE endorses state and local candidates and collaborates with the national PACE unit during federal elections.

Membership on the Indiana PACE committee is non-elected, but committee members are approved by the Chapter Board of Directors. The Indiana Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) is the political action committee of the National Association of Social Workers-Indiana Chapter.

PACE promotes political education and full participation in the electoral political process among members of the social work profession and fosters the participation of interested members to elect candidates who support NASW’s public policy goals. PACE is a bipartisan political action committee dedicated to advancing social workers’ goals in campaigns and elections.

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