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Building a Relationship with your Legislator, Step 3

As a social worker and a constituent, it is important to establish a relationship with your legislators as they make decisions on your behalf- whether it’s to continue funding a program that serves your clients or funds your current position or a policy decision that impacts how your clients are served. NASW-NC is here to help you develop a relationship with your legislator. We are introducing a new series to be used to help you establish that relationship and a tool we hope you will use as you plan to join us in Raleigh for Social Work Advocacy Day.


Step 3: Attend Advocacy Day and meet your legislators in person. You’ve emailed your legislator. You’ve called them on the phone. Now visit them in person! Here’s how to plan for that visit.

How should I dress to speak with my legislator?

Professional dress IS required to attend Social Work Advocacy Day and should be worn when meeting with your legislator any other time as well.

The best way to think about business casual is: What would you wear to an interview?

For Women: Wear a reasonable length skirt or dress not more than 2 inches above your knees. It sounds picky, but your legislator will perceive it as professional; dress pants (black, brown, navy, khaki, etc) are also acceptable; no sleeveless tops; your outfit should not be too tight or show cleavage; shoes should be comfortable to walk in but no open -toed shoes should be worn.

For Men: Dress pants (black, brown, navy, khaki, etc); shirt with a collar (dress shirt or polo); belt; dress shoes and socks (no open-toed shoes or sneakers) are all acceptable articles of clothing. A blazer and tie are also acceptable, though not required.

This event will be a fun and exciting way to learn more about advocating for your profession and your clients!

During Advocacy Day, you will be representing the profession of social work whether you are a student or a working professional. We want to promote the profession and that means dressing and acting in a respectable manner. NASW-NC invites you to dress your best and represent your school/alumni colors on Advocacy Day. This is a great way to show how many schools offer social work programs.

Where do I park the day of the event?

While there is parking available on the street, there is also parking available in the Museum parking lot (at the corner of Jones and Wilmington St.) adjacent to the legislative building. Please note that you will have to pay to park so be prepared to bring cash or a credit card to pay! You can find more information from the General Assembly’s website: http://www.ncleg.net/CitizenGuide/CitizenGuide.html

Where can I find places to eat?

Lunch will be on your own. In general, you can find meals in any price range from $5-$15. The General Assembly has both a cafeteria and a snack bar but there are plenty of places to eat within walking distance. The General Assembly’s website has more information: http://www.ncleg.net/CitizenGuide/CitizenGuide.html or you can check out http://www.visitraleigh.com/visitors/restaurants/

Should you have any other questions regarding Advocacy Day or planning a meeting with your legislator, please do not hesitate to contact Kay Castillo at advocacy@naswnc.org.

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