Racial Equity

people protesting with signs: black lives matter, white supremacy is the virus. Photo credit: Chris Budnick, NASW-NC member

NASW is committed to ending racism through public education, social justice advocacy and professional training.

Our members understand cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. These activities may include direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation, administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, research and evaluation. The resources here can assist all social workers in their anti-racist efforts.





2020 NASW National Conference. Social workers make a difference

2020 Virtual Forum Series: Advancing Racial Equity

For five weeks starting September 29, earn up to 15 live CEs with sessions on the intersection of ethics and racial equity, voter suppression, advocacy for immigration and more.

Register for the virtual forum


News Releases



Racism is a Public Health Crisis

NASW joins the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association in calling on nation to declare systemic racism a public health crisis.

Read our op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel


An Important Message About Racism

It has been extremely disappointing and very concerning to learn of racist and unethical comments made by members of our professional social work community.

Read the message from our Ethics, Diversity & Inclusion Department