Ethnicity & Race

NASW is committed to social justice for all and ending racism. Discrimination and prejudice directed against any group are damaging to the social, emotional, and economic well-being of the affected group and of society as a whole. 

NASW has a strong affirmative action program that applies to national and chapter leadership and staff. It supports three national committees on equity issues: the National Committee on Women's Issues, National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and the National Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. 

The deaths of unarmed African American people at the hands of police — including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Philando Castile — sadly remind us that racism and racial profiling is still rampant in the United States.

NASW has compiled resources to help social workers address racism and race-based violence.

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NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines

Our standards provide benchmarks for the services that social workers should provide, that employers should support, and that consumers should expect.

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Specialty Practice Sections

Join a Specialty Practice Section for practice-specific professional development opportunities, newsletters, continuing education credits and more.


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Racial Equity

NASW is committed to social justice for all and to ending racism. We are mobilized and increasing our efforts in the face of America's racism pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social workers can help curb the spread of the disease and reduce people's anxiety.

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