Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice

Member: Kristen S. Slack
(University of Wisconsin - Madison)
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The Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work has been hosting an annual Racial Injustice Conference since 2015.  This year (2021), given the pandemic, the conference was completely virtual.  As a result, we were able to record the sessions and make them available to the general public.  At this link, you will find the home page for the 2021 conference, which occurred over the span of 2 days in February. Sub-links bring you to the recorded sessions, which include a host of amazing sessions with the following titles:

Healing from Within: Providing Survivor Led, Advocacy Driven, and Culturally Specific Care to American Indian Women Survivors of Violence (Dr. Jeneile Luebke and Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie)


Centering Justice and Lived Experience as an Anti-Racist Framework: The Role of Certified Peer Specialists in Behavioral Health Reform (Dani Rischall,  Carmella Glenn, Tim Saubers, Tara Wilhelmi, Alysha Clark)


Exclusion by Design: The History of Anti-Black Racism in the Child Welfare System (Dr. Sherri Simmons-Horton)


Preventing Further Harm: Addressing Violence Without Police (Monique Minkens and Kathy Flores)


Walking Around that Corner of Trans, race, and class (Cecilia Gentili and Gia Love)


The Role of Social Workers in Immigration Legal Services Organizations: Advocating with and for Immigrant Survivors of Gender-Based Violence through an Interdisciplinary Perspective (Rená E. Cutlip-Mason, Adriana López, and Kursten Phelps)


Abolitionist Restorative Justice: Identity Power and Social Transformation (Dr. Damita Brown)


Anti-Racist Organizational Change: Embracing the Promise and Peril (Jacquie Boggess, Michele Mackey, Stephanie Muñoz (moderator))


Supporting Healthy Families: Black Communication (Jalateefa Joe-Meyers and Wanda Smith)


Are African American Men Deserving of the America Dream? (Dr. David J. Pate, Jr.)


Understanding the Impact of Racism and White Supremacy on the US Immigration System in order to Better Serve People that are Undocumented and DACAmented (Erin M. Barbato and Erika Rosales)


Reimagine a Black Feminist Social Work (Sakara Wages, Jacquie Boggess, Dr. Damita Brown)

This conference was the result of the hard work of many people, but in particular the committee co-chairs, Jenny Braunginn (lecturer) and Laura Dresser (clinical professor).

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Last Revised Date 
Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:40
Keywords / Tags 
racial justice
racial injustice
anti-racist perspectives
Type of resource 
Video Link
Resource Institution 
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Institution Type 
4 or 4+ year College/University
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