Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congresswoman Gwen Moore Introduce Resolution Recognizing “School Social Work Week”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congresswoman Gwen Moore introduced a resolution today recognizing “School Social Work Week.”
“As a social worker by profession and Chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus, I know firsthand the vital role that social workers play in creating a positive environment at schools. Social workers are especially trained in helped students who face serious barriers to success, from discrimination to poverty to bullying. With this year’s theme of “Time to Shine,” it is imperative that we continue supporting students impacted by COVID to not simply get by, but to thrive. I am proud to join my colleague Congresswoman Gwen Moore in introducing this resolution recognizing School Social Work Week and look forward to working with my colleagues and President Biden to support social workers everywhere,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13).
“School social workers are essential personnel providing countless services for our young people who face difficult challenges that impact their ability to learn such as disability, poverty, discrimination, abuse, neglect, mental illness, housing insecurity, and familial stressors.
“I know that having access to a school social worker made a tremendous difference in my life but not every student today has access to the critical support offered by a school social worker.
“As we continue to address the growing mental health needs including for our children that has been documented by several organizations both before and during this pandemic, the work done by our school social workers is more important than ever. This week, I am proud to join my colleague Congresswoman Barbara Lee in introducing this resolution to thank and honor these individuals who help our students succeed every day, often under challenging circumstances.
“I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and the Biden Administration which has made clear that addressing the mental health needs of our children is one of its top priorities, to ensure such efforts include and invest in school social workers who play an important role in helping our children reach their potential,” said Congresswoman Moore (WI-04).
Read the full resolution here.
Congresswoman Lee is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She serves as Co-Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. She also serves as Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. As a member of the House Democratic Leadership, she is the highest-ranking Black woman in the U.S. Congress.