Critical Conversations

Racial Equity Town Hall Series


Town Hall Series on Racial Equity: Undoing Racism

June 17, 2021
Social work is unique in its dual focus of enhancing human well-being and championing social justice. Yet our occupation’s history is also linked to many shameful chapters in America’s remarkable story. This event discusses how social workers advanced racial justice this year and explore the profession's plans for addressing its historic mistakes to achieve an anti-racist future.


Town Hall on Racial Equity: Eradicating AAPI Hate

May 27, 2021
Watch this event to learn about the complex issue of the rise in violent crimes against Asian-Americans since COVID-19, and how current challenges and threats can be understood in the broader context of systemic racism in America.


Abolition Town Hall, Part 2: Creating the World We Wish to See

April 9, 2021
This webinar will explore what abolition looks like in practice, social work’s role with carceral systems, and what social workers can do to create a society in which the need for these systems is obsolete.


Abolition Town Hall, Part 1: Are Social Workers Abolitionists?

March 12, 2021
This webinar explores the basic tenets of the abolition movement, the connection between abolitionist values and social work values, and a call to action for social workers to envision and help create reimagined responses that are free of injustices driven by systemic racism.


Town Hall on Racial Equity: White Privilege

January 15, 2021
This interactive event examining white privilege: what it is, and what it means for social work and society.


Economic Equity, Racial Equity and COVID‐19

October 2, 2020
Moderated by Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, the panel of Michael Sherraden, PhD, MSW, Deborah Weinstein, MSW and Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA discussed the intersection of economic equity, racial equity and COVID‐19.

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 future. 


Watch 2020 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"


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.

Watch "Bringing the Power of Social Work to Schools" on YouTube


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, 2020.

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


NASW Social Work Talks

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NASW Social Work Talks podcast explores topics that social workers care with social work experts and practitioners.





NASW - June 2021 - Undoing Racism Through Social Work - NASW Report to the Profession on Racial Justice Priorities and Action

Undoing Racism Through Social Work: NASW Report to the Profession on Racial Justice Priorities and Action

As our nation turns more attention to addressing its long history of systemic racism, the National Association of Social Workers acknowledges that our profession has not always lived up to its mission of pursuing social justice for all. We apologize for supporting policies and activities that harm people of color and we will strengthen our efforts to end racism in the social work profession and in society.

Download "Undoing Racism Through Social Work"


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NASW is working to achieve racial equity in the social work profession and society. Share your thoughts about these efforts and your own anti-racist journey.

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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