Director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work
Tanya Rhodes Smith, MSW, is the Director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work and Instructor in Residence at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.
As Director, she leads the Institute’s Campaign School for Social Workers, which has trained 2,200+ students, social workers and advocates from across the country to lead in politics; develops evaluated training models on voter engagement as a social work intervention; supports political participation and voter turnout in communities; and advocates for expanded voting rights and access.
In 2015, she co-founded the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign (“Voting is Social Work”), which works to integrate voter engagement into social work education and practice.
Tanya’s teaching experience includes Political Advocacy, Political Social Work, and Program Development and Evaluation. She has collaborated on numerous journal publications. She is a proud political social worker, community advocate and campaign volunteer. Her experience includes legislative advocacy, community organizing, research, and leadership development. She serves on numerous coalitions and committees, including the Hartford Votes~Votas Coalition.