August 9, 2002
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
EMU PROFESSOR TO LEAD MICHIGAN CHAPTER
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS
YPSILANTI - Betty Brown-Chappell, associate professor and director of the bachelor of social work program at Eastern Michigan University, was elected to the presidency of the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The NASW is the oldest and largest organization of professional social workers with approximately 155,000 members. There are more than 8,000 members in the Michigan chapter.
"Social work professionals face challenges of epic proportions in our society," said Brown-Chappell. "Issues of homeland security and security abroad are deflecting the nation's attention from domestic social welfare issues. In addition, social workers often neglect to recognize the personal dangers and heroism inherent in their work. My goal this year is to recognize the challenges and achievements of social workers, while enhancing their ability to function professionally."
Brown-Chappell will present the theme, "Enhancing our Professional Pride: Dedicated to the Work of Social Workers in Times of Tragedy," at the NASW-Michigan's 26th annual conference, Sept. 12-14, at the Crowne Plaza Pontchartrain Hotel, Detroit.
Brown-Chappell resides in Canton, Mich. She received her bachelor's (1969) and master's (1971) degrees in social work from the University of Michigan, and her doctoral degree from the University of Chicago (1991).