Critical Conversations

2020 Virtual Forum Series: Advancing Racial Equity

NASW virtual forum series 2020 - Advancing racial equity

Thank you all for joining us for the Virtual Forum Series. The Series recordings will be available for on-demand purchase in the near future. 


Watch Past Events

Town Hall on Ethics and Racial Equity


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The panel included Dawn M. Hobdy, LICSW; Dr. Frederick Reamer; Jenny Andersen, LCSW; Dr. Anthony Estreet, LCSW, and Billye Jones, LCSW.

Watch a recording of the Nov. 17, 2020, Town Hall on Ethics and Racial Equity


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, 2020, 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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