Students from Walla Walla University social work and sociology programs attended Lobby Day in Olympia on Presidents Day, according to Hilary Nieland with WWU relations.
The event was sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers.
The event provides an opportunity for the state’s social workers to advocate and speak with legislators about social justice issues and understand more clearly the legislative process.
“Lobby Day turns textbook ideas into real life skills that transform students into engaged and active citizens” said Emily Tillotson, WWU assistant professor of social work and sociology.
Local students advocated for House Bill 1213 Concerning Social Work Licensure and Senate Bill 5163 Relating to Child Protective Service Workers.
HB 1213 passed while the students were in Olympia.
The bill puts licensed advanced social workers and independent clinical social workers at the top tier of licensure for the profession for job classification.
The students met with Rep. Maureen Walsh and Sen. Mike Hewitt.
“The social work lobby day was an exciting experience. It was especially satisfying to see the advocacy planning we had done in class happen right in front of us” said Audrianna Wahlen, junior social work major.
The student population at Whitman College increased briefly during a visit by 150 kindergarten through eighth-graders March 1.
Kids from Blue Ridge, Edison, Green Park, Prospect Point and Sharpstein Elementary schools and Pioneer Middle School popped over for the annual Mentee to Campus Day.
The carnival celebrates friendships built between Whitman mentor volunteer students and their mentees.
Mentors spend time weekly with their young friends at lunch and recess at their respective schools.
Once per year, the children head to the Whitman campus, according to an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.
Activities featured at the two-hour event included a bouncy house, face painting, bowling, Sweet Putt golf, sack races and paper airplane contests and the Whitman Dance Crew and band Humans Being performed.
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