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2020 Virtual Forum Series: Advancing Racial Equity

NASW virtual forum series 2020 - Advancing racial equity

The 2020 Virtual Forum Series will take place over a 5-week span beginning September 29. Each day will cover a different topic; provide attendees the opportunity to earn a total of 15 live CEs; include access to the Virtual NASW / NASW Foundation Awards Program; and access to Forum Series Session recordings to review and refresh your knowledge.

  • September 29 – Advancing Racial Equity Presentation | Keynote Address
  • October 6 – The Intersection of Ethics & Racial Equity| Racial Equity Through the Clinical Lens
  • October 13 – Cultural Competency & Racial Justice: Working to Undo Racism
  • October 20 – 2020 Election Forecast| Voter Suppression
  • October 29 – Immigration and Refugees | The Way Forward: Be a Part of the Solution
  • October 29 - NASW/NASW Foundation Awards Program

Register for the Virtual Forum Series >>


Watch Past Events

Congressional Briefing: "Bringing the Power of Social Work to Schools"


This Sept. 23, 2020, briefing examines the merits of the Counseling Not Criminalization Act (H.R. 7848), introduced by Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) in the House of Representatives.


Town Hall on Policing Reform

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The panel included:

  • Paige Fernandez, ACLU Policing Policy Adviser
  • Guadalupe Lara, LMSW, Director of Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LASED)
  • Chad Dion Lassister, MSW, Executive Director at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Watch a recording of the August 28 the town hall on policing reform


Social Work Leadership Roundtable Town Hall on Racial Equity


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This conversation focuses on Black Lives Matter and what social work organizations are doing to advance anti-racism.

Watch a recording of the August 14, 2020, town hall


America's Racial Crisis


NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, outlines how NASW is responding to America's racism pandemic.


NASW Town Hall: "The Other Pandemic: Racial Injustice"


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This discussion focused on the intersection of social work and racial injustice. The event was on Facebook Live on June 19.

Watch a recording of the June 19, 2020, town hall


Congressional Briefing


Watch this June 2020 briefing on "Black Lives Matter: Social Work and the Future of Policing." Co-sponsored by NASW.


Social Work Must Bend the Arc of Justice


Watch this July 2020 conversation between Jonathan Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, and NASW President Mildred ("Mit") C. Joyner, DPS, MSW, LCSW



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. This has caused even greater harm to colleagues facing one of the most traumatic times of their careers and lives.

Read the message from our Ethics, Diversity & Inclusion Department


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