Advanced Social Policy: Social Work and Legislative Advocacy

View of Washington Monument

Program Faculty:

Robert L. Hawkins, BA, MPA, MA, PhD, McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies; Assistant Dean and Director, Undergraduate Program; McSilver Faculty Fellow


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar.
  • Housing: Students book their own accommodations for this course.
  • Estimated Travel: Round-trip via Amtrak (from New York) can range between $100 and $400 depending on booking date, type, and availability.  Bus options can often be as low as $40 round-trip, depending on booking date.
  • Meals: Students will pay a small fee (price TBA) for a welcome dinner after the first day of classes.  Students are responsible for any additional meals.
  • Excursions: TBA
  • All personal expenses are additional.
The Legislative Advocacy course in Washington, DC, was instructive and empowering. Through informative lectures and meetings with congressional staff on Capitol Hill, students experienced the important role that social workers can play in the legislative process. Even if your focus is micro- or mezzo-level social work, your takeaway will be that all of us can make a difference on the macro level."
- Judith Rosen, MSW '13

Photos from January 2015

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