I’m hosting a MacroSW Chat on Twitter this Thursday, June 16th 2016 at 9:00pm EST on Racial Justice and Social Work Education. Here’s an excerpt of the announcement:
“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.
I’ll be tweeting from @Relando_T. Use #MacroSW to join the conversation.
Visit my full blog post for our discussion questions and additional resources:
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From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW