Charles Araujo, adjunct instructor for the School of Social Work has been elected as President-Elect for the Mississippi Chapter of National Association of Social Workers. He will transition to the role of President beginning July 1, 2021 and ending in 2023.
“While I feel the responsibility and weight of leading an important organization much needed in MS; I also feel a sense of great purpose in having an opportunity to assist social workers around the state, as they work towards social and economic justice issues,” says Araujo.
The National Association of Social Workers is a professional organization of social workers that has about 120,000 active members. The NASW provides guidance, research, up-to-date information, advocacy and other resources for its members.
“As President-Elect and then as President, I plan to strengthen the organization and also strengthen social workers,” says Araujo. ” I will do this by advocating on behalf of and with social workers. My hope and prayer is to assist social workers in empowering those in need in our state.”
In 2018, the NASW-MS Chapter awarded Araujo with the Social Worker of the Year Award. This award is presented to individuals who are actively involved in client advocacy, social policy, community involvement, various forms of social work practice, program creation or improvement, and encouraging social and economic justice in Mississippi.
As President-Elect, he will be responsible for the following duties:
- Serve as a member of the Board’s executive committee.
- Assist the President.
- Assist with duties assigned by the President.
- Represent the issues and concerns of social work members and always advocate in good faith on their behalf.
- In the absence of the President, give assignments to officers and board members.
- Make appointments to board & committees.
- Represent chapter and profession for advocacy, information and recruitment purposes.
- Relay Chapter goals and membership benefits to groups upon request.
- Work with executive director of MS Chapter on various issues facing the Chapter and social work profession in Mississippi.
For additional information on NASW-MS chapter, click here.