by Deona Hooper, MSW
On April 3, 2013, Former Congressman Edolphus Towns announced the formation of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP), and the launch of its website located at . CRISP was created to support the activities of the Congressional Social Work Caucus in which the former Congressman chaired and founded in 2010.
“The Social Work Caucus was created to provide a platform in Congress for the more than 650,000 social workers around the country so that our issues and concerns can be addressed at the federal level. I am committed to seeing that the caucus remains viable and strong and will work through this institute to promote its mission within the guidelines of the House of Representatives.” ~ Edolphus Towns
The new social work think tank will be hosting a reception on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Monocle Restaurant, 107 D Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Four individuals will be recognized during the reception for their contributions to social work and social policy to include Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Danny Davis (IL-7), Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Clark, the outgoing CEO of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW ), and the Former Howard University School of Social Work Dean Douglas Glasgow. The institute will be led by Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr., who served as Former Congressman Edolphus Towns’ Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director. Dr. Lewis is also an Adjunct Professor at the Howard University School of Social Work where he has taught courses such as Social Welfare Policy, Research Methods, and Advanced Policy Analysis.
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