Tatum O’Malley is a second year graduate student with the MSW program at the University of Vermont. She has worked in the non-profit sector in Burlington for over twenty years, beginning with volunteer, service-learning, and AmeriCorps work. Over the years, Tatum has enjoyed a variety of rich experiences working in support of individuals and families in home, school and community-based settings. She’s also enjoyed the challenge of program development work within innovative harm reduction, health care and workforce development initiatives, most recently at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Her MSW field placements with Howard Center and the Burlington School District have helped her to broaden her experience with children and young adults. After graduation, Tatum hopes to continue to support youth and families and is interested in working towards an LICSW and LADC. Outside of professional pursuits, she enjoys spending time with her family, her two rescue mutts, and making the most of the abundant natural and cultural resources available in Northwest Vermont. She is excited to become involved with NASW-VT and to be a member of NASW, because she believes that, more than ever, social workers have a responsibility to take a public stand and work for social change. She says that working with others to enact a shared vision of a more just world, is her anecdote to becoming overwhelmed by the intensity and scope of issues we are now facing. The local and national NASW networks provide her a vital bridge to members engaged in action and advocacy for systems change and social and environmental justice.