Achieving Racial Equity: Calling the Social Work Profession to Action
NASW-NYC ED Robert Schachter, NASW CEO Angelo McLain, Former NASW-NYC President Mary Pender Greene, and President-Elect Sandy Bernabei join Ron Chisom, cofounder of the People’s Institute, Michael Scott, Kimberley Richards, and Meizhu Lui at NASW in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.: In November, NASW’s Social Work Policy Institute hosted a symposium on racial equity, Achieving Racial Equity: Calling the Social Work Profession to Action. The symposium focused on furthering the incorporation of an anti-racist lens into social work education and practice. NASW-NYC’s executive director Robert Schachter presented, as well as NASW-NYC’s President-Elect Sandra Bernabei. The symposium participants attended a session led by representatives of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond that focused on understanding the relationship between racism and poverty, the role that social workers and other professionals play in power relationships, establishing a common definition of racism, and the codification and legalization of race and whiteness. Angelo McClain, CEO of NASW, closed the symposium by stating that NASW will uphold its social justice commitment by focusing on undoing structural and institutional racism.
NASW-NYC is dedicated to the work called on at the symposium. Our chapter office houses the Undoing Racism Intern Project (URIP) and hosts URIP workshops. We encourage our members to join in our efforts and commit to understanding and bringing an anti-racist lens to their academics and profession. For more on how to become involved visit:
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