Don Kemp Memorial lecture: Representative Mark Smith

Luther College will host Iowa Representative Mark Smith as keynote speaker for the annual Don Kemp Memorial lecture, which honors the life of Luther College social work faculty member Don Kemp.

The lecture, which is open to the public with no charge for admission, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 in Baker Commons on the Luther campus.

In his talk, "Social Workers Stand Up," Smith will discuss the connection between social work and social policy, and how he has embodied this in his career as a social worker and elected official.

Smith's career has given him a unique perspective on the intersection of social policy and social welfare services. His work as a policy maker has been heavily influenced by his time as a social worker, as he was instrumental in advancing social policy in child welfare. In his public service, Smith's work has been dedicated to introducing and implementing these policies at the state level.

An Osceola native, Smith is serving his eighth term in the Iowa House of Representatives and is the house democratic leader. He holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Graceland College and a master's degree in social work from the University of Iowa.

Before entering public service, Smith worked with children and families suffering from substance abuse and mental illness. He was director of special projects at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa in Marshalltown.

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Representative Mark Smith