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Social Work and Politics Subject of Feb. 20 Panel

North Carolina Central University Department of Social Work welcomes state representatives Mary Ann Black, MSW, LCSW, and Graig Meyer, MSW, for the third-annual “Social Worker in the House” event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Miller-Morgan Auditorium on campus.

The lawmakers will participate in a panel discussion examining the importance of social work in legislative advocacy and policy. The event is free and open to the public.

Black is associate vice president for community relations at Duke University Health System, with her office serving as a link to the system’s diverse community of patients and clients. She was a member of the Durham County Commissioners from 1996 until 2002, including seven years as chair. In February 2017, she was appointed in District 29 in the N.C. House of Representatives following Larry Hall’s resignation.

Black holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. A professional clinical social worker in Durham for more than 30 years, Black has been an outspoken advocate for the physical and mental health of families and children. In 1996, Black was named North Carolina’s Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

Meyer represents House District 50, which includes portions of Durham and Orange counties. A state lawmaker since 2013, his legislative committee assignments include the House Judiciary Committee, Finance, Aging, Homeland Security, K-12 Education and Military and Veteran Affairs. Meyer received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from the College of Wooster and a master’s degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago.

Meyer worked in North Carolina’s Public school system for 16 years, coordinating with the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program that led to a 98 percent increase in high school graduation rates. Meyer continues to work with schools and youth as co-founder and principal consultant with Equity Collaborative LLC.

NCCU’s social work graduates are employed in higher education, governmental positions, and as leaders and practitioners in social services agencies throughout the United States. The fully accredited program offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and a traditional and one-year advanced standing Master of Social Work (MSW).


Published: Friday, February 16, 2018
by Senior Writer and Editor, Renee Elder
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