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Carmen Weisner, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter

Carmen Weisner graduated from the LSU School of Social Work in 1974. She retired from public service in the fall of 2004. Prior to her retirement from public service she was appointed by Governor Mike Foster to be the Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Social Service, Office of Community Services (the state’s public child welfare system). Through her leadership, she guided her agency toward COA Accreditation. The agency was the third public statewide system to achieve such recognition. Upon retirement she was hired by the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers as its Executive Director. In this position, she gets to use many of the social work principals that she learned while a student at LSU’s School of Social work in 1972. Throughout her 34 years of public service career, she epitomized the role of a social worker. Social workers are people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering, and who want their work to make a difference. Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment.

As Executive Director, Carmen has assumed a key leadership role for the state’s7,000 plus licensed social workers. In her role as Executive Director, she has the opportunity to serve on numerous advisory boards, task forces, and commissions. She is former Chair of the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, Past Chair of the Legislative Committee for this Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Center for Excellence on Youth and Policy Research, Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Task Force, Louisiana Poverty Council, Louisiana Children’s Code Committee, Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Board, Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families Board chair, and Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network. In 2010, she was named as the NASW Executive Director of the Year. In 2012, she was presented with the NASWLA President’s Award for her contributions to the profession. In 2013, at the 2013 Celebration of the 75th year of its existence, LSU School of Social Work recognized her as one of the top 75 graduates of that program.

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     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state? Take the survey!
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

Panelists:
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Southern University Vice President for External Affairs, Robyn Merrick, host the discussion.


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