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Professional Opportunities
PhD Fellowship

Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship - University of Wisconsin–Madison Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)


Program Coordinator of Disability Services - YWCA Northern New Jersey (Hackensack, NJ)

Program Assistant - New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (hybrid: Newark, NJ)

Department of Labor #24-171: Investigator - New Jersey Attorney General's Office (Newark)

Digital Organizer - New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (hybrid: Newark or Trenton, NJ)

Distributed Organizing Manager - Mothers Out Front (remote)

Deputy Director of Advocacy and Policy - National Domestic Workers Alliance (remote)

Organizing Director - Women’s Community Revitalization Project (Philadelphia, PA)

Racial Justice and Equity Coordinator - League of Conservation Voters (remote)

Intake and Family Coordinator - Nido De Esperanza (Nido) (New York, NY)

Community Social Worker - Nido De Esperanza (Nido) (New York, NY)

National Housing Initiative Engagement Coordinator - Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) (hybrid: New York, NY)

Fee for Service Social Work Clinician - Nido De Esperanza (Nido) (New York, NY)

NJ Primary Voter Registration Countdown!

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2024 NASW National Conference

"Social Work Leading Social Change"
Wednesday, June 19 - Saturday, June 22, 2024
Omni Shoreham Washington Hotel, Washington, DC 
"Join more than 2,000 social workers, like-minded professionals, and social work thought leaders at NASW’s 2024 National Conference. Take advantage of unparalleled opportunities in professional development, continuing education, and networking. Engage in thought-provoking conversations tackling the most pressing issues facing the social work profession across the world.

  • Experience the latest education and insights from leaders in the social work field
  • Earn CE Credit toward licensure 
  • Engage with peers in the profession
  • Explore cutting-edge products, programs, and services in the Exhibit Hall

Review the Conference program and registration costs here!

The Rutgers Payment 4 Placements (P4P) Chapter is looking for new members!

Payment for Placements (P4P) is a national, student-led, movement advocating for all social work students to be paid for their degree-required internships. 

Students of all levels (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) and alumni are encouraged to join! Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Media/information dissemination
  • Researching P4P initiatives
  • Participating in P4P meetings including National P4P meetings, the National P4P alumni group, and the NYC meetings so we can stay connected to other chapters (Zoom/In-person)

If you have any questions about P4P, please email or any of the following members:

  • Lauren Korczakowski, Lead -
  • Claire Thompson, Lead -
  • Jack Serzan, Co-Founder -
  • Naomi Engelhard, ‘24-’25 Lead - 

You can also follow the Rutgers Payment4Placements chapter and the national Payment4Placements movement on Instagram @rutgersp4p and @p4pnational, and join their GroupMe here.

Click the button below to join P4P!
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National Updates

Bill aims to provide mental health care to ag workers
The Daily Sentinel (CO)

“A bill working its way through the Colorado Legislature would provide mental and behavioral health care specifically for rural and agricultural workers. The bipartisan measure, Senate Bill 55, provides more than $518,000 in grants a year to providers that serve rural and agricultural workers, doing so through a special program to be created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in coordination with the state’s Behavioral Health Administration.”
Strong Labor Market Steadied Social Security and Medicare Funds
The New York Times

“The financial health of Social Security and Medicare, two of the nation’s most crucial safety net programs, improved this year as a stronger-than-expected economy attracted more workers to the labor market. But the overall financial outlook of the popular programs remained grim.”

Has pay kept up with inflation?
The Brookings Institution

“There are various ways to evaluate recent trends in real pay (i.e., nominal pay adjusted for inflation), including using different measures of pay, measures of inflation, and reference periods. These factors can lead to conflicting conclusions about the trends in real pay in the United States.”

Poll: States With Strict Abortion Bans Are Driving Young Workers Away

“A new poll demonstrates that young people across the U.S. are less inclined to live in and accept employment in states that have restrictive policies on abortion. The CNBC + Generation Lab Youth Poll, conducted from April 26 to May 2, examined the viewpoints of respondents between the ages of 18 to 34.”

Local & Regional Updates

New York care workers’ fight to end the 24-hour workday highlights the cracks within the progressive movement

“The Ain’t I a Woman?! (AIW) coalition is leading the No More 24 movement in New York City, which is organizing to end home health attendants’ 24-hour workdays and cap the maximum number of hours worked for home attendants to 50 hours per week.”

Bill would require pay information in job postings
The New Jersey Monitor

“A bill that would require New Jersey employers to include pay information in job postings advanced out of a state Senate committee Monday. The bill [S2310], which includes fines for employers who skirt its requirements, is part of a broader trend toward pay transparency that supporters say is key to closing wage gaps between men and women. A handful of other states, including New York, have enacted similar laws.”

Labor groups push for more unemployment protections
NJ Spotlight News

“Nearly a dozen workers organizations gathered in Military Park in Newark on [May 1] to commemorate International Workers Day — and to use the moment to propose the New Jersey Job Bridge Program, a new plan for New Jersey’s most vulnerable workers. Their movement was launched by a recent report from the Center for Popular Democracy that showed more than 700,000 workers are excluded from the state’s unemployment benefits program, with immigrants, low-income workers and people of color most affected.

Further reading on the abolishment of the Non-Compete Clause
the Federal Register

“The final rule provides that it is an unfair method of competition for persons to, among other things, enter into non-compete clauses (“non-competes”) with workers on or after the final rule's effective date. With respect to existing non-competes— i.e., non-competes entered into before the effective date—the final rule adopts a different approach for senior executives than for other workers.”

Attention New Graduates (and all of our other subscribers, too!)

Now that you are graduating, it is more important than ever make sure you are staying up to date with social work news and policy updates. While our newsletter is a great resource, there are several social work organizations of note that can be great resources as well.

Read a bit about some of the organizations and movements below.

"The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies."

"The [NASW] New Jersey Chapter is among the largest three chapters in the United States, with nearly 7,000 members. [They] represent social workers in micro and macro settings, all practice areas in every community throughout the state."

"Social Workers for Justice is a New York-based social work activist organization. Their vision is "a call to action. Together. Now."

"The National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign works to integrate nonpartisan voter engagement into social work education and practice. The campaign began in 2016 with the first launch of the website..."

"The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination."

Upcoming July Student Loan Updates

As of February 2024, "the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan is the newest income-driven repayment (IDR) plan. Like other IDR plans, the SAVE Plan calculates your monthly payment amount based on your income and family size. In addition, the SAVE Plan has unique benefits that will lower payments for many borrowers.

The SAVE Plan replaced the Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) Plan. Borrowers on the REPAYE Plan automatically get the benefits of the new SAVE Plan."

As of July, the following features of the SAVE Plan will take effect:

  • Undergraduate Loan Payments Go Down From 10% to 5% of Discretionary Income
  • Possible Forgiveness In As Soon As 10 Years
  • Consolidating Won’t Erase Forgiveness Progress
  • Forgiveness Credit for Forbearances and/or Deferments
  • Automatic Enrollment After Missed Payments

For more information and to apply, please visit the federal student aid website here.

Thank you all for another great year!

Congratulations once more to the new graduates, and have a happy and safe summer to all of our subscribers. 

We'll see you again in September!