Category Archive: Anti-racism

Equity-minded practice for social workers

(A slightly different version of this article is coming out soon in The New Social Worker) Lisa M. Johnson, MSW, PhD, Elspeth M. Slayter, MSW, PhD, and Lamont D. Simmons, MSW, EdD, School… Continue reading

Recognizing ableism’s link to racism – a missing link in anti-racist social work practice

(This article is coming out shortly in Social Work Helper) These days, many social workers are pretty clear that anti-racism is something they need to work consistently on in their practice, but when… Continue reading

Tough nuts to crack: Initiating a racial justice accountability process within one School of Social Work from one perspective

This narrative reflects on one White woman’s journey as part of a team of leaders in a School of Social Work while focused on developing and implementing an inwards-facing racial justice accountability initiative.

Understanding and acknowledging history as we support people in their vaccine choices

Lamont D. Simmons, M.S.W., Ed.D. and Elspeth M. Slayter, M.S.W., Ph.D. The following essay is the written accompaniment to a workshop to be given by the authors on February 26th, 2021 at the… Continue reading

National social work teach-in on police brutality as a form of structural racism

#SWEduActs, a grassroots group of social work educators, has organized a national social work teach-in on police violence as a form of structural racism for the last week of October 2020.  We are… Continue reading

On being White & doing anti-racist child welfare practice

[This is the text of a speech I gave to the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families this morning] I’m so pleased to be with you all today – it’s always good to… Continue reading

Readings and resources for social work educators on police brutality and structural racism

Readings on police brutality in the United States: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (2020). Fighting police abuse: Community action manual. https://www.aclu.org/other/fighting-police-abuse-community-action-manual Adedoyin, A.C., Moore, S.E., Robinson, M.A., Clayton, D.A., Boamah, D.A. & Harmon,… Continue reading

Having difficult conversations about police brutality and structural racism in social work classes

This post is dedicated to the social work educators who are participating in the #SWEduActs teach-in on police brutality as a form of structural racism being held the last week of October 2020.… Continue reading

On the need to make whiteness visible in white anti-racism social work

One of the beginning tasks of white anti-racism work, I am learning, is to “make whiteness visible.” In order to make whiteness visible to oneself, one must answer the question, “What does my… Continue reading

On being white and doing anti-racism social work

As white people in our country begin to grapple with matters of racial justice in numbers never before seen, I am fielding questions from current and former social work students on a regular… Continue reading