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Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Faneuil Hall and Massachusetts State House, Boston
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

(8:00 AM check-in at Faneuil Hall)


Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) brings together hundreds of social work students and professionals to the State House. Our goal at LEAD is to help social workers:

  • Learn about the current legislative issues affecting social workers and clients in Massachusetts
  • Understand the legislative process and advocacy
  • Experience lobbying first hand
  • LEAD is organized each year by the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) and NASW’s student intern.


LEAD 2017

This year LEAD will be held at both Faneuil Hall and the State House. After a plenary session in Faneuil Hall we will “March for Social Work Values” to the State for lunch and lobbying.

*Note: Food and drinks are not allowed in historic Faneuil Hall. Please plan accordingly. There are coffee shops on the first floor where participants can purchase and enjoy refreshments before the day begins.

Due to long lines for State House security:
  1. Do not wear metal
  2. Bring no more than one bag and empty your pockets prior to going through security


8:00-9:00am Check-In
9:00-11:00am Plenary Session


Allison Scobie-Caroll, LICSW, MBA
NASW-MA Board President
Director of Social Work at Boston Children’s Hospital

Why Social Workers Need to Advocate
Professor Tiziana Dearing
Boston College Professor

Effective Lobbying Tips
Representative Byron Rushing
9th Suffolk District, Roxbury

How Social Workers Make a Difference
Kate Audette, MSW
Director of State Government Relations
Boston Children’s Hospital

11:00am-12:00pm “March for Social Work Values”

12:00-2:00pm Lunch & Lobbying

2:00-3:00pm Reception
Legislators will be invited to the reception, where you have another opportunity to lobby them or network with your peers.

LEAD 2017 Registration

$25 includes lunch

All registration will be online this year; there will be NO on-site registration.
For questions, please contact the chapter office - (617) 227-9635 or LEAD coordinator Sathya Mandjiny at

Please call by February 21st if you need accommodations, we’re happy to help!

Find your State Representative and State Senator
To get names and contact information for your elected officials, visit

Massachusetts State House


Faneuil Hall



I have never lobbied before, what should I do?

Lobbying can seem intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact it should be empowering and fun! Check out this step-by-step guide to lobbying.

I am traveling from far away, what if I am late?

We understand that it can be difficult to travel into Boston early in the morning, especially if you are traveling from far away. Check-in is from 8:00-9:00am at Faneuil Hall. Doors will close at 9:00am, and you won’t be allowed into the plenary session. We ask that you plan accordingly so that you don’t miss out!

Where can I find parking for LEAD?

We highly discourage driving into Boston as parking is very expensive and limited. TAKE THE T - IT'S EASY!

  • Blue Line to Aquarium/Faneuil Hall
  • Green Line Haymarket, North Station, Park Street, or Government Center
  • Orange Line to State Street or Haymarket
  • Red Line to Park Street
  • Commuter Rail to North Station or South Station
MBTA Subway Map

What should I bring to LEAD?

We ask that you bring only one bag as there will be a long line at security in the State House. Please don’t wear metal, put your belts, metal jewelry, and all items in your pockets into your bag prior to entering security. Better yet, leave these things at home!

Will lunch be provided?

Lunch will be provided at the State House. Please contact LEAD coordinator Sathya Mandjiny at if you have any dietary restrictions.

What if I do not want to participate in the “March for Social Work Values”?

Please feel free to walk apart from the group. We just ask that you arrive at the State House by 11:30am to get through security quickly.

I require accommodations, who should I contact?

Please contact LEAD coordinator Sathya Mandjiny at for accommodations by February 21st.

How early should I arrive for check-in?

Check-in is from 8:00-9:00am. We ask that you arrive as early as possible, as doors will close at 9:00am.

What should I wear to LEAD?

Please wear clothes appropriate for the weather and comfortable walking shoes for the march. We recommend business casual as you will be interacting and lobbying with state legislators. You also never know if there will be other elected officials there or great networking opportunities!

Should I make appointments with legislators in advance?

You do not have to make appointments with legislators as we will be informing them that there will be groups of social workers lobbying from 12:00-2:00pm. However, you can make appointments after 2:00pm, if you want to have a more private conversation with your legislator.

How long is LEAD?

Check-in begins at 8:00am and LEAD programming is from 9:00am-2:00pm with a reception afterwards at the State House to thank you for all of your hard work and for another opportunity to lobby with legislators or network!

What if I have to leave early because I have to travel far away?

We ask that you stay until you have had the opportunity to lobby with at least one legislator. Please contact LEAD coordinator Sathya Mandjiny at if you have questions or concerns.

Activist Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved if you are an NASW member. Join NASW today!

  • Volunteer to help organize and participate at LEAD 2017. E-mail Sathya, 2017 LEAD coordinator.
  • Join the Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC) meetings. Send an email or call 617-227-9635.
  • Send a letter to your representative or senator about our priority legislation.
  • Learn about how to give legislative testimony.
  • Join the Political Action Committee (Political Action for Candidate Election - PACE).




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