JEDI - Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The NASW ME Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Committee mission is to advocate for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within our Chapter, our profession, our workplaces, schools of social work, and our communities. Social Workers have an ethical responsibility to advocate for social justice, educate ourselves, demonstrate awareness and cultural humility, and demonstrate understanding of the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, socioeconomic status, mental or physical ability, and other personal affiliations.

Nominations and Elections Committee

The Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCLLI) is responsible for conducting the chapter's nominations, selection, and election process in accordance with the standards for NASW Chapter Nominations elections.  

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is now a combined effort with the NH & VT Chapters entitled "NNE Ethics Forum". Join us for our monthly collaboration where you can ask your ethical concerns and participate in hypothetical-scenario roundtables. Ethics CEUs may be available! 

School Social Work Committee

The NASW ME School Social Work Committee advocates on behalf of school social work in their efforts to reduce barriers to student academic growth and success.

PACE Committee

PACE (Political Action for Candidate Election) Committee helps elect candidates to public office who support legislation and policies that are consistent with the goals of the social work profession and the needs of those who are served by the social work profession in Maine. The Committee also promotes NASW’s Advocacy Agenda through political action and/or through support of candidates and promotes political education and full participation in the electoral process among members of the social work profession.

Policy Committee

Chairperson: Julie Schirmer

The Policy Committee reviews and sets priorities for legislation sessions, provides testimony, and assists the Executive Director with advocacy efforts around public policy issues that impact vulnerable populations, both within Maine and nationally.

Continuing Education Committee

Chairperson: Wendy St. Pierre

All social workers licensed by the Maine State Board of Social Worker Licensure are required to obtain continuing education (CE) as a condition for renewal of their licenses. Licensees must complete the required amount of continuing education hours prior to the renewal of their license. Continuing education promotes and enhances their professional competence. This committee aims to help NASW Maine social workers achieve their professional development goals.