Educating Effective Advocates for Political Change

Wurzweiler to Train Social Workers to Run for Elected Office at November 2-3 Campaign School

Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work will host a Campaign School for Social Workers with The Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work on Thursday and Friday, November 2-3, 2017, at the Weissberg Commons in Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10033.

The Campaign School is open to anyone who wants to know more about electoral politics. The two-day workshop trains social workers and advocates to run for elected office; work in leadership positions at the local, state and federal levels; and/or serve as effective advocates for political change. Even those who do not have any current ambition to run for office are changed by the understanding of their own political power. Attendees meet political social workers, gain exposure to career paths in political settings and learn valuable skills that can be applied to any practice setting.

“Perhaps at no greater time in our history has our expertise as social workers, advocates, mental health experts and social justice workers been needed in local, regional and national politics,” said Dr. Danielle Wozniak, the David and Dorothy Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler. “At the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, we educate action-oriented professionals who understand their professional and moral obligation to repair a fractured world. One exceptional way to effect the change we want is to create it. Campaign School allows social workers to find and enact a political voice whether it is by increasing one’s civic engagement or by running for public office.”

Tanya Rhodes Smith, director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, will introduce and facilitate the two-day event. Kate Coyne-McCoy will lead day one. She is an experienced political campaign consultant and dynamic speaker who has trained more than 8,000 social workers and women through the Humphreys Institute, EMILY’s List and Harvard’s Kennedy School. Day two includes interactive workshops and gives attendees a closer look into the careers of elected officials, what it’s like to work on a campaign and insight into the careers of political social workers.

For more information, please contact, 212.960.5400 ext. 5421 or register online at