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NASW-MA Chapter Awards

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Award Nominations for 2020 are open until November 10, 2019.

The Awards:

The NASW-MA Chapter annually recognizes a very special group of outstanding social workers and organizations who have shown excellence in social work and social work values

 

  • Future of Social Work - Recognizes the contributions of an exceptional student enrolled in a Massachusetts social work graduate program.
  • Public Citizen of the Year – Honors a non-social worker who has made a valuable contribution to human services, promoting and advocating for the values of social work in the area of public service.
  • Lifetime Achievement - Awarded to a social worker who has made outstanding contributions throughout his or her professional career.
  • Emerging Leader – Recognizes the outstanding contributions of early career NASW members who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession, and whose contributions enhanced practice knowledge, and/or the profession’s and human services’ capacity to obtain resources and influence.
  • Advocate of the Year – Honors an organization who may or may not employ social workers, but who shows a commitment to the mission of social work through programming, advocacy, and cooperation with other mission-centric groups
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How to Nominate:

  1. Read the full criteria for the award you’re nominating for (below)
  2. Fill out and submit an online nomination form (below)
  3. Gather and submit supporting documents via the online application or by emailing them to chapter.naswma@socialworkers.org

Nomination Documents

  • Completed nomination form submitted online
  • Additional supplementary documentation may be requested during the nominee review process

Awards Criteria:

 

For All Awards:

All NASW award nominees are expected to have the highest standards of personal conduct and professional integrity and advance the values, ethics, and knowledge of the profession. Awardees must support public and social policies that promote equity across race, ethnicity, creed, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, and physical and mental challenges.

 

To be eligible for the Greatest Contribution to Social Work, Future of Social Work, Beverly Ross Fliegel, Emerging Leader, or Lifetime Achievement Award, the nominee must be a current member in good standing of NASW and support its mission and goals.

 

Greatest Contribution to Social Work

Recognizes a significant contribution to practice, education, or research issues within the profession based on the following criteria:

 

  • Demonstrates leadership in social work practice via development and implementation of creative programs and services, education, and/or research.
  • Promotes new and innovative practice insights and/or methods through dissemination of knowledge, supervision, consultation, or writing.
  • Promotes a positive public image of social work through commitment to and embodiment of NASW’s six core values of the social work profession (service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence).
  • Provides persistent and effective advocacy for under-served and vulnerable populations

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Recognizes the contributions of an exceptional student enrolled in a Massachusetts social work graduate program based on the following criteria:

 

  • Promotes a positive public image of social work through commitment to and embodiment of NASW’s six core values of the social work profession: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.
  • Demonstrates exemplary leadership and mastery.
  • Demonstrates excellence in academics, research, and/or practice.
  • Makes promising contributions to the social work field by performing above and beyond expectations for a student in placement, volunteer work, and/or practice.

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Each year the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW gives its Beverly Ross Fliegel Greatest Contribution to Social Policy and Change Award to honor the memory of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter’s first Executive Director. Beverly Ross Fliegel was an outstanding social worker who cared tremendously about what happened to disenfranchised people. Beverly died of cancer at the untimely age of 42. This award helps keep alive the memory of a very special social worker, and reaffirms NASW’s commitment to social justice and social change.

 

The Beverly Ross Fliegel Social Policy and Change Award recognizes a significant contribution to social policy and/or social change made at an agency, local, state, or national level by a member of NASW. Nominees are evaluated for this award based on the following criteria:

 

  • Demonstrated exemplary leadership.
  • Initiative in responding to social needs.
  • Contributions to or development of programs, agencies, or services that focus on social change, advocacy in legislature or other public forums, or other relevant community service.
  • Strong and visible public advocacy.

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Acknowledges and honors the contributions and achievements of an NASW member throughout their professional career based on the following criteria:

 

  • Exemplary service in social work throughout their career.

  • Achievement in area(s) of expertise through publications, contributions to theory, supervision, practice, consultation, etc.

  • Contributions to social work through involvement with NASW and related contributions (political involvement, volunteer activities, support of social work education, etc.).

  • Community service (boards, civic groups, advocacy, etc.).

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Honors a non-social worker who has made exceptional contributions to human services: promoting and advocating for the values of social work in the area of public service. Nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

 

  • Contributes to human services.
  • Promotes and advocates for the values of social work in the area of public service.
  • Advocates for public and social policies that ensure equal rights regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, income, sexual orientation, disability, and physical and mental challenges.
  • Candidate is a distinguished leader in their field.

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Honors early career NASW members who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession, and whose contributions enhanced practice knowledge, and/or the profession’s and human services’ capacity to obtain resources and influence.

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Honors an organization who may or may not employ social workers, but who shows a commitment to the mission of social work based on the following criteria:

 

  • Honors an organization who may or may not employ social workers, but who shows a commitment to the mission of social work based on the following criteria:Shows commitment to social, racial, and economic justice through programming and advocacy.
  • Promotes and advocates for the mission of social work; to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.
  • Advocates for public and social policies that promote equity across race, ethnicity, creed, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, and physical and mental challenges.
  • History of engaging and/or working with other organizations, promoting cooperation between other mission-centric groups.

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Nominator Information

 

Please provide your contact information so we can reach out for supplementary material and to inform you of the status of your nomination.

Nominee Information

Please tell us more about the individual or organization you are nominating.

Awards for individual social workers: 

  • Greatest Contribution to Social Work
  • Future of Social Work (graduate student of social work)
  • Beverly Ross Fliegel Award for Social Policy and Change
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Emerging Leader

Awards for non-social workers:

  • Public Citizen of the Year

Awards for Organizations

  • Advocate of the Year

Please note that NASW-MA is strongly seeking candidates who are diverse in race, ethnicity, age, gender, and geographic location.

 







 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Awards Committee will contact you for additional information, including the nominee's resume and an additional letter of support.

If you already have these items available, please send them to mlaberge.naswma@socialworkers.org

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