Board Committees

Purpose

To inform and guide the implementation of the CalSWEC Mission through committee processes.

Membership

The Advisory Board President, in consultation with the Center Director and with the approval of the Board, appoints the chairs and members of all permanent committees and establishes ad hoc committees that focus on a time-limited topic.

Executive Committee

  • is composed of the officers of the Board
  • shall be empowered to act on behalf of the CalSWEC Advisory Board when circumstances require timely action and a regular meeting or special meeting of the Board cannot be expeditiously arranged
  • serves as a coordinating body between the Board, its permanent committees, and ad hoc work groups
  • shall develop the agenda for all regular or special Board and committee meetings

Bylaws/Nominations/Board Membership Committee

  • is composed of Advisory Board members
  • functions as a subcommittee of the Executive Committee
  • is responsible for developing and revising the Advisory Board bylaws as needed
  • makes nominations for the Board and Board officers when vacancies occur or terms expire
  • makes recommendations regarding Board composition
  • solicits nominations for offices to be vacated and for the terms of expiring elected officers
  • prepares voting slates for the Board

Permanent Committees

Capacity Building and Planning Committee

is responsible for formulating recommendations to the Advisory Board related to:

  • creating, sustaining, and expanding partnerships that serves as global models for effective and innovative social work practice and professional development
  • identifying, building, and promoting mutual agendas relevant to social work constituencies
  • serving as a leading clearinghouse, resource, and repository for social work professional development
  • developing resources to support high-quality education, training, and professional development
  • infusing cultural relevance, social justice, and equity throughout all CalSWEC curriculum and ongoing practice
  • assisting local systems, including those in urban, rural, and remote areas, to be responsive and to deliver high-quality, affordable education and professional and development of social workers, and/or
  • partnering with employers to promote the development and retention of social workers throughout their careers

Evaluation and Research Committee

is responsible for formulating recommendations to the Advisory Board related to:

  • facilitating collaborative research on emerging and innovative methodologies to study workforce development in CalSWEC areas of interest
  • disseminating and translating relevant research through the most effective modalities and/or serving as a resource to find relevant research and to promote the importance of the social work profession through data collection, analysis, documentation, and dissemination, and to foster evaluation and field research that examines connections between social work employment practices and quality of service, and/or
  • engaging in, sponsoring, funding, and directing evaluative and other research projects pertaining to social work education and social work practice in public and not-for-profit behavioral health and human services sectors

Policy and Advocacy Committee

is responsible for formulating recommendations to the Advisory Board related to:

  • advocating for the growth and increased capacity of academic and service delivery programs to address the unmet needs of the people of California
  • promoting creative and informative evidence-informed and culturally relevant practices
  • undertaking partnership and research activities that leverage our collective influence to promote and advocate for social justice and equity
  • educating policymakers about the social and fiscal value of investing in social work professional development
  • advocating for high-quality services
  • supporting the education and training of students, practitioners, and supervisors for transformational practice
  • encouraging supervisory and management practices and organizational cultures that promote, value, and ensure high-quality practice, and/or overseeing implementation of the “Master Plan for Social Work Education in California,” and
  • addressing other appropriate social work workforce issues, policies, and legislation as needed

Ad Hoc Committees

Purpose

The Advisory Board President, in consultation with the Center Director and with the approval of the Board, establishes ad hoc committees that focus on time-limited topics.

Membership

Ad hoc committees are composed of 3–10 members who serve for no more than one year. Advisory Board members serve as chairs or co-chairs of these committees.


Affinity Groups

Purpose

The CalSWEC Leadership Team, with input from Advisory Board members, establishes affinity groups in order to focus committee and CalSWEC community attention on salient issues and emergent needs and challenges related to social work education, training, practice, research, policy, and advocacy issues. Affinity groups are goal oriented, task focused, and time limited.

Membership

Affinity groups are open to all CalSWEC stakeholders/constituents and are managed by CalSWEC staff. Affinity work groups are composed of 5–12 members who serve (a) no more than 24 months and (b) on no more than 2 groups at a time.