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Nancy A Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work


Tanya Rhodes Smith
Humphrey's Institute
UConn School of Social Work
38 Prospect Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(959) 200-3651

The Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work works to increase the political participation and influence of social workers, and the communities they serve, through education and training, research and agency-based nonpartisan voter engagement.


The Humphreys Institute develops, refines and shares a range of voter education tools and resources designed for use in schools of social work as well as organizational settings.

We believe that all social work is inherently political.  Consequently, we are engaged in the provision of ongoing support for the integration of nonpartisan voter registration, engagement and education with social work practice in all settings.  This work centers on the training of social work students and faculty as well as professional social workers, social service agencies and community-based not-for-profit organizations. 

As part of this work, we are deeply committed to the development of leadership on the individual and organizational levels, and within the funding community, with an eye towards the growth and extension of social work and organizational practice that strengthens and empowers communities through nonpartisan voter engagement and education.

The work of the Humphreys Institute supports political social work as a recognized specialization within the social work profession.

The Campaign School for Political Social Workers trains social workers in every aspect of running for elected office.  This intensive, research-based training process also prepares social workers to work effectively in leadership positions in political settings across all levels of service.

The Humphreys Institute connects MSW students at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work with field placements in political settings, including Congressional and state legislative offices as a component of methods-based instruction.

The Humphreys Institute gathers, conducts and shares research on political social work, including the political participation of social workers and the communities they work with.


Washington, DC
October 5-6, 2017

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October 27-28, 2017

Yeshiva University
New York City
November 2-3, 2017

School of Social Work
University of Connecticut
Hartford, CT
March 2-3, 2018