Social work has a complex history of upholding White supremacy alongside a goal to achieve racial justice. Moreover, our profession simultaneously practices within racist systems and works to dismantle them. In the wake of a fervent #BlackLivesMatter movement and persistent racial disparities in key social welfare institutions, these paradoxes have come to the forefront of discussion in academic and practice circles. This unique moment presents an opportunity to interrogate our profession’s relationship to White supremacy and racial justice in order to reimagine an anti-racist future.
We hope you’ll join us for a series of virtual symposia that will address these themes. Symposium events will occur throughout the academic year and will address different aspects of our past, present, and future.
Part 2: Addressing Racism from within the Social Work Profession: Reflections on our Past and Present
January 28 & 29, 2021, 12:30 – 4:30 PM Eastern
Part 2 will provide accounts of how the profession has evolved to begin to confront racism. What have social workers, leaders, and scholars done to challenge the dominant paradigm? From the advent of the National Association of Black Social Workers to innovations in practice, policy, and social work education, this session will address the numerous leaders and discourses that have challenged racism and moved the profession forward.
We’re excited to welcome the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work as an Institutional Supporter of this event. We encourage you to join us on January 28 & 29, and then participate in their “Social Workers’ Confronting Racial Injustice Conference” on February 5 and 12.