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CSWE-SSWR-GADE Social Work Doctoral Student Policy Forum

June 16–19, 2021 (Virtual)

Forum Overview

The CSWE-SSWR-GADE Social Work Doctoral Student Policy Forum, co-sponsored by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE), is a unique opportunity to connect social work research with policymaking in the nation’s capital. Students who are accepted will join the 2020 cohort to receive specialized training and attend Capitol Hill meetings. The training and meetings are tentatively scheduled for June 16–19, 2021. All activities will be conducted remotely. If you have questions about the Forum, please contact Dr. Tanya Smith Brice.

Program Purpose

The objectives of the CSWE-SSWR-GADE Social Work Doctoral Student Policy Forum are to create an opportunity for doctoral students to make a stronger link between their research and policy, expose social work researchers to the ways their research experience and backgrounds are used by practitioners in government to influence and inform policy, promote the value and significance of investments in social work and social work research on Capitol Hill, and cultivate a cadre of social work researchers who can advocate for investments in social work education and research as well as disseminate this information among their communities of practice.


Applications for the 2021 Social Work Doctoral Student Policy Forum must be submitted by March 30, 2021, at 5:00 PM (EDT). Please note that there are two parts to the application: the application form and two recommendations. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled full-time in a social work doctoral program for the 2020–2021 academic year that is a U.S.-based member of GADE and must have completed qualifying or comprehensive exams.

To apply, please:

  1. Create an account to login to the application portal at
  2. Complete the eligibility checklist.
  3. Complete the application and personal statement writing prompts. 
  4. Request recommendation forms via the application system. In addition to your doctoral program director, you will need to request one additional recommender. Recommendation forms are due by March 29. 
  5. Submit your application and recommendations by 5:00 PM (EDT) on March 30.

Only completed applications with recommendations can be submitted. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 5:00 PM (EDT).


PLEASE NOTE: Users must register on the application site before accessing the application.

Review and Notification

Awardees will be selected by a committee comprising representatives from the three sponsoring organizations. To reach a decision, the committee will consider academic achievement, the strength of the applicant’s personal statement and letters of recommendation, and a commitment to the inclusion of policy considerations in the applicant’s research. All applicants will be notified of their application status by early May 2021.

2020 Cohort

Latoya AttisYeshiva University
Lynden BondNew York University
Shih-Ying ChengWashington University in St. Louis
Brett GreenfieldRutgers University Brett Greenfield
Kim HokansonBoston College  
Jessica LaphamUniversity of Washington
Abigail Palmer MolinaUniversity of Southern California
Analidis OchoaUniversity of Michigan
Tasha PerdueUniversity of Southern California
Kelli RogersUniversity of Texas at Arlington
Erin StanleyWayne State University