Standing Committees

Advancing Critical Anti-Racism Dialogues for Action (ACARDA)

Conveners: Darlyne Bailey ( Monica
Leisey (

  • Being mindful of much needed “action” in anti-racism work in macro social work, ACARDA members are from across the country working with our schools and programs as faculty, students, and community- based practitioners. Together we have met regularly to reflect on the history and current state of macro social work as it relates to ways to both initiate and promote anti-racism and anti-oppression work in our classrooms and institutions within the broader Social Work community.

Educational Policy Standards

Convener: Kristi Law Email Kristi
  • The purpose of this working group is to to emphasize voting and social justice, civic engagement, and the macro practice more robustly. EPAS 2022, began from conversations around civic engagement and voter registration and education specifically through partnerships with Voting is Social Work and VotER. The idea was proposed to explore whether anyone was working on specifically incorporating this type of language into EPAS 2022. When it was discovered that it wasn’t happening, a list of individuals within the Special Commission interested in incorporating more macro language into EPAS 2022 was used as the starting point to recruit others. Over 30 social workers connected to social work education in various ways including practitioners, field instructors and directors, and educators collaborated since April 2021 to distribute feedback to wide networks that incorporated their expertise and perspectives.


Convener: Mary Nienow (
At the 2016 CSWE (The Council of Social Work Education) Annual Program Meeting, a small work group of macro social work
educators expressed concern around social work licensing and its impact on macro social work education and practice. The Special
Commission to Advance Macro Practice formed a working group as part of Action Cluster IV which works on increased visibility of the
Special Commission and other macro related issues. The purpose of the group is monitor and advocate on behalf of social work regulation which neither marginalizes macro social work nor gives preference to psychotherapeutic clinical social work.

Macro Careers

Convener: Shalay Jackson
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The Macro Careers Committee seeks to address the lack of understanding of macro social work by recruiting more students into programs with macro specializations and promoting the many professional opportunities for social workers to engage in macro practice. The Committee also works to rewrite and formalize definitions of macro practice while seeking to aggregate resources to support macro careers. These efforts are undertaken to grow the macro social work workforce through education, advocacy, and direct action.


Convener: Mimi Abramovitz
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Convener: Diane Bessel
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The Resources Committee is charged with gathering, organizing, and disseminating macro practice resource materials to support students, educators, and practitioners. Our goal is to build a regularly updated resource clearinghouse to include, but not limited to, historic documents, seminal articles, course syllabi and assignments, case studies, field education learning contract activities, macro placement suggestions, practice tools and worksheets, and media resources.

Social Media

Convener: Gary Jones with Steve Burghardt and Kristie Holmes
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The Social Media Committee is continuing to produce the “Macro Social Work Stories” video podcast. The partnership is comprised of Dr. Steve Burghardt at Silberman School of Social Work; Dr. Gary Jones at Tennessee State University, School of Public Service; and Dr. Kristie Holmes, Co-Chair of the United NationsCivil Society Press and Media Subcommittee. AC II will recruit social work students to partner with this endeavor. Building on the previous series of Macro podcasts (found at, our video podcasts will be available on YouTube. The video podcast will be live or pre-recorded. The primary subjects and speakers over the coming will focus on the reckoning in social work itself by addressing systemic racism, climate change, income inequality, emerging social workers, and the opportunities of STEM in our profession. Speakers will include academics, students, and professionals who have been deeply involved in these issues – inside and outside of social work. The video podcasts can be an additional asset to the classroom and community. (The video podcast can be viewed at