Josephine Tittsworth, a social worker and an advocate for transgender issues, has been appointed to the board of the National Association of Social Workers.
The position, which began in November, makes her the representative for the region covering Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. In addition to meeting with organization executives four times a year, Tittsworth will also serve as the liaison between the board and the various executive directors across the region.
Tittsworth, who said she is the first transgender person to serve on the board, considers the appointment “a privilege” and said she is excited to be part of the organization.
“I have been a member of the national committee on LGBT issues for two years, and now I’m on for a chair position,” she said. “I’m wearing two hats.”
She said she recognizes the role she can play in bringing those issues to the board’s attention.
“Social work is about helping those who they feel aren’t able to help themselves,” Tittsworth said. “We are helping them to empower themselves; that’s what it’s really all about. This [help] covers a wide range of people across this country—not just
the poor and disabled, but also women’s issues and the issues of people of color.” —Josef Molnar