Hardin-Simmons University Social Work Students Meet with State Legislators

Hardin-Simmons University Social Work Students Meet with State Legislators

By Janlyn Thaxton

 

 

 

Hardin-Simmons University social work students traveled to Austin in March to participate in several advocacy events going on at the Capitol.HSU Associate Professor of Social Work Melissa Milliorn, along with 11 of her students, arranged to meet with staff members in the offices of state representatives and senators. Milliorn, who is an officer of the National Association of Social Workers Texas Board, says, “Our students provided the staff with written information about specific legislation the NASW supports related to the overall budget and potential methods to help reduce proposed cuts.” {{more}}Milliorn explains the cuts will affect Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services, as well as public education, higher education, and mental health.Students were in the gallery of the House of Representatives during a resolution reading proclaiming March as Social Work Month. Milliorn says, “Rep. Eliot Naishtat presented the resolution and introduced NASW Texas Board President Pat Gleason-Wynn and me as the secretary to the Board. During an afternoon rally on the south steps of the Capitol, we also had a unique opportunity to promote HSU’s Social Work.