Welcome to the Conference!
This conference is a three full-day program scheduled for Friday, September 24, 2021, through Sunday, September 26, 2021. A Pre-Conference Day on Thursday, September 23, 2021 has been added. We anticipate welcoming an audience of about three hundred composed of professional social workers, social work students, faculty and other mental health professionals. Our goal is to build awareness around the Social Work profession and those they serve.
This year’s conference theme is “Social Workers - Essential and Prepared,” which sheds light on the fact that Social Workers are essential to community well-being. As practitioners, social workers are trained to help people address personal and systemic barriers to optimal living. They are employed to effect positive change with individuals, families, groups and entire communities.
The conference offers 20 CE's of which 5 CE's are Ethics. If the Pre-Conference is attended as well, there will be a total of 26.5 hours.
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2021 NASW-GA 34th Annual Virtual State Conference
September 24-26, 2021
Melody Ying-Hei Li
Friday, September 24, 2021 – Social Work Practice Keynote Presenter
Title: Social Workers Getting a Seat at the Table: Social Justice and Politics
Marla Blunt-Carter has committed her life to serving others. A product of a socially conscious and civic-minded family, she was exposed to many change agents in her childhood and decided at an early age to pursue a profession in public service. She worked on her first political
campaign at the age of nine and has remained involved in community organizing and political action ever since. Blunt-Carter has been teaching full time at Rutgers-Camden since January 2015 and is the Camden campus coordinator for the School of Social Work. As a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BA in political science and recipient of an MSW from Rutgers School of Social Work, she fulfills her passions for
teaching, practice, and politics by preparing future leaders to become change agents and supporting leaders to best serve their communities.
In addition to teaching, Blunt-Carter's career has included numerous positions in politics and practice. In 2005, she worked as a projects manager in the Senate office of then U.S. Senator Joe Biden, creating programs to support nonprofits, coordinating workshops, seminars and conferences, and serving as the office liaison to local government officials and other community stakeholders. She later served as the director of constituent services in the Senate office and supervised the casework operations and constituent outreach efforts.
Blunt-Carter was selected to be one of the fifty state directors for the 2008 Obama/Biden presidential campaign. She was responsible for the creation, operation, and supervision of statewide activities and opened a campaign headquarters where all were welcome. She also served as a local surrogate and representative for the national campaign, organized fundraising events, developed a local media and communications strategy, supervised staff on day-to-day operations, and recruited over 1,000 volunteers to perform grassroots outreach in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Success in this role and experience in social work led to an opportunity for Blunt-Carter to serve in the Obama administration as a senior agency liaison in the Executive Office of the President.
Later, as the director of community planning and policy development at the Delaware HIV Consortium, Blunt-Carter worked on projects that helped shape policy, inform communities, and create programs to assist clients, service providers, and organizations. She was also responsible for the facilitation of the statewide planning council as well as the oversight of the implementation of the 2010 National AIDS Strategy.