Kristin Russell (Michigan Chapter) attends Grand Valley State University School of Social Work near her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a new member of NASW and she is actively looking for more ways to participate within the Association. Currently, she is a member of the U-Link advocacy team for the NASW Michigan Chapter, a mentor at D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s, and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Russell is employed as a teller at Option 1 Credit Union, a company that prides itself on advocating for the credit union movement. In her position she works to advocate for the bank customers and to ensure the customers’ financial interests are protected. During her last two years of employment, she is hopeful that she made a meaningful difference in the lives of the bank customers.
The influence of social policy on the lives of Americans could not be more salient than today with the recent passing of the “Right to Work” initiative in Michigan. As a social work student I realize the enormous effect of social policy on our profession and the lives of the clients that we serve. Since childhood, I have had an avid interest in politics and if elected to the National Board as the BSW Student Representative, it would be my mission to realize NASW’s ability to effect change. As the BSW Student Representative I would come to the meetings prepared to observe and ready to bring that information back to NASW members.