Field education and practice are the cornerstones of social work education. The practical application of what is learned in the classroom in the field provides students with opportunities to strengthen skills while impacting lives. Bringing voter engagement to field practice not only reinforces CSWE competencies but also embodies the NASW Code of Ethics and social work values. Below are tools to bring voter engagement to field education at your agency or school.
"NEW" Assignments for Extra Field Credit/HoursIn response to the challenges placing and retaining students in field placements during the pandemic, we have pulled together resources for field directors who can share these assignments with students, field instructors, and field seminar faculty. Click here for this list.
For Field DirectorsVoting is Social Work: What Field Educators Need to Know: A three-page article about the campaign and the importance for field educators of voter mobilization for agencies and students.
Tools to share with Field Agencies
- Field Practice Activities Competencies Checklist: A checklist of voter engagement activities that demonstrate CSWE competencies.
- The role of social workers in voter turnout: Learn about ways that agencies can make a difference in increasing voter turnout. Share our fact sheet with students, agencies, and field instructors.
- NASW article: The Role of Clinical Social Workers on Voter Engagement Effort Clinical social worker and member of NASW's Mental Health Committee, Cheryl Aguilar, LICSW, LCSW-C, addresses myths and discusses how clinical social workers can engage in nonpartisan voter engagement.
- Ideas to Integrate Voter Engagement into the Classroom and Field Agencies: A short one-page document listing ideas and best practices for voter engagement in school and field settings.
- Add content on Voting as a Social Work Intervention: Training Slides and recorded video
Tools to share with Field Instructors
- Letter to Field Instructors: Voter Mobilization: Sample letter that can be customized for distribution to all Field Instructors informing them of the campaign and the role of field education in promoting civic engagement and voter mobilization skills. An informational flyer about the Campaign is attached.
- Sample Practice Activities for Voter Engagement Field Education: This document provides a helpful checklist demonstrating the alignment of 19 possible field-based civic engagement/ voter mobilization activities for students with the 2015 EPAS (9) Competencies.
- Twenty Ways to Make Voting Matter: These are 20 brief paragraphs describing students’ experience -- in their own words -- of work in the area of voter mobilization in a range of different field placement settings, both micro and macro.