Race x Disability CEU 2/8/23

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Race x Disability: Lifting up Black and African American Leaders in the Disability Justice Movement 2/8 4 pm EST

Salem State University School of Social Work presents this CEU offering with Drs. Lamont Simmons and Elspeth Slayter – two members of the disability communities – on February 8, 2023 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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60-minute workshop, 1 CEU  

Description of the program: In honor of Black History Month, the presenters in this webinar will lift up the many Black and African American leaders of the disability justice movement. Participants will learn about the 10 principles of disability justice and the ways in which selected leaders have implemented the principles in practice. Participants will learn about the importance of reflective practice as it relates to racism, ethnocentrism, ableism and sanism. Implications for social work practice will be discussed. 

Presenter Bios:   

Dr. Lamont D. Simmons is an assistant professor of social work at Salem State University. He teaches foundational, human behavior, diversity, policy, and field and first-year seminar courses. Dr. Simmons has professionally practiced in child welfare, mental health, and educational settings. His scholarly interest is in the area of persistence and degree attainment for marginalized and structurally excluded students in social work education. He also continues to examine racial and disability justice, equity-minded practices, and the ways that systems of inequality affect the lived experiences of marginalized and oppressed communities. 

Elspeth Slayter, MSW, MA, PhD is a disabled professor of social work at Salem State University. She serves as the Associate Graduate Program Coordinator and Faculty Support Coordinator. She also coordinates the Certificate Program in Equity-Minded Practice, a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. She teaches child and family policy, forensic social work, disability practice and evidence-based research and evaluation courses. Dr. Slayter has practiced as a forensic social worker in child welfare, public criminal defense, juvenile justice, and education settings. Her equity-focused research and consulting centers around disability, race, ethnicity in the addiction and child welfare service sectors. 
Learning objectives:  

  1. To introduce the disability justice movement  
  2. To examine the accomplishments of Black and African American leaders in the disability justice movement  
  3. To develop an approach to reflective practice as it relates to racism, ethnocentrism, ableism and sanism 
  4. To apply the disability justice principles in social work  

Reading list: 

Annamma, S., Connor, D., & Ferri, B. (2013). Dis/ability critical race studies (DisCrit): Theorizing at the intersections of race and dis/ability. Race, Ethnicity and Education16(1), 1–31. doi:10.1080/13613324.2012.730511 

Berne, P., Morales, A. L., Langstaff, D., & Invalid, S. (2018). Ten principles of disability justice. WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly46(1), 227-230. 

Collins, P., & Bilge, S. (2016). What is intersectionality? In P. Collins & S. Bilge, Intersectionality. (p. 1-30). Polity Press. 

Kendi, I. X. (2021). Ableism and racism: Roots of the same tree. Be Antiracisthttps://www.pushkin.fm/episode/ableism-racism-roots-of-the-same-tree/ 

Ladau, E. (2021). Demystifying disability: What to know, what to say and how to be an ally. Ten Speed Press. 

Lewis, T. A. (2021, January 1). January 2021 working definition of ableism. https://www.talilalewis.com/blog/january-2021-working-definition-of-ableism 

Schön, D.A. (1983). The reflective practitioner: How professionals think in action. Basic Books.