Racial Justice and Social Work Education 6/16/16

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All we say to America, is be true to what you say on paper.”

–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

With those words in what would be his final speech, Dr. King sought to speak to the very conscience of America; to highlight the blatant disconnect between the kind environmental conditions America professed to provide for its citizens, and the markedly different experiences of Black people in America because of institutional racism.

The work to interrupt and end institutional racism continues today.  On campuses around the country, from The Black Bruins, to #BBUM, to the I Too, Am Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton campaigns, and with the activism that took place at The University of Mizzouri, Black students and other students of color are also demanding that their institutions to be true to what they say on paper and end structural and systemic racism on campus.

Social Workers play a crucial role in interrupting structural racism, yet, students of color even within schools of Social Work can have marginalizing experiences that reinforce the oppression they experience on a regular basis. Who helps the helpers? How can we interrupt systemic racism in Social Work Education, while preparing future practitioners for the field?

Join us for the #MacroSW chat on Thursday, June 16th at 9 pm EST (6 pm Pacific)  for a dialogue about Racial Justice and the state of Social Work Education.

For this week’s chat, watch: Concerned Student 1950 (32 minutes)

For this chat we’ll discuss the documentary and the following questions:

  1. How would you assess the state of Social Work Education in terms of racial justice?
  2. How was racism and the role of Social Work discussed/featured/ in your curriculum for your BSW/MSW/ Ph.D, etc? To what degree did you feel adequately prepared to address racism in the field upon graduation?
  3. What do you feel are high points of Social Work Education in terms of training students and practitioners to interrupt racism?
  4. What aspects are missing from the training/conversation/ curriculum that could improve cultural humility, responsiveness, and preparedness for Social Workers in regards to racial justice?
  5. How can schools of Social Work better support students of color?

Resources:

The Subtle Linguistics of Polite White Supremacy

Institutional Racism in The Social Work Profession: A Call To Action

Achieving Racial Equity: Calling The Social Work Profession to Action

NASW Statement on Racism

A Curriculum for White Americans To Educate Themselves on Race From Ferguson to Charleston

Campus Politics: A Cheat Sheet

3 Videos That Highlight The Absurdity of “All Lives Matter”

A Poem From Darius Simpson: Genocide

From PBS: There Was No Wave of Compassion When Addicts Were Hooked On Crack

I Too, Am BCC High School

From TED Med: Why Your Doctor Should Care About Social Justice

Jared Paul: 5 Times My Skin Color Did Not Kill Me

Are You Racist? No isn’t a good enough answer.

About #MacroSW:

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held weekly on Twitter every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). Click here for a list of chat partners. For information about how to participate in the #MacroSW chat, view our FAQs. For chat schedule and chat archives check out: http://macrosw.com

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