Chapter Activities for Racial Justice

Around the country, NASW chapters are organizing for racial justice.

White Supremacy Culture at Work: Teaching Social Workers to Recognize and Disrupt

NASW Ohio Chapter

Sep 11, 2020

Based on the work of Tema Okun and others, this workshop will introduce social workers to the ways that white supremacy culture is embedded in our workplaces. Social workers must be able to recognize the ways that professional practices are modeled off of the norms of dominant white culture. We can then begin to challenge these institutionalized norms with alternative models that promote greater equity for people of all cultures and backgrounds.

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2020 March on Washington

NASW Ohio Chapter

Aug 28, 2020

NASW Ohio is proud to support the efforts of a small group of organizers who are working to get a group of Ohioans to the 2020 March on Washington. The 2020 march will be August 28 and will recall the goals of the 1963 march including policing and justice demands. The group is organizing five buses and ninety hotel rooms to bring a total of 280 people to the march from Columbus while following COVID-19 precautions.

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Summer Book Club Series: "I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness"

NASW New Jersey Chapter

Aug 20, 2020

Join NASW's New Jersey Chapter for a guided discussion on Austin Channing Brown's 2018 memoir "I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness."

Register now and read/listen to the book in advance of the meeting.

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Town Hall I: Acknowledge Historical Racism and Current Racism in the Profession of Social Work

NASW New York State Chapter

Aug 04, 2020

Before we begin setting goals to create an equitable profession, we must acknowledge historical and current racism in social work practice. This Town Hall will focus on our history and the voices of current social workers in the field.  Please join us for this important work.

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White People, What the #$@&%*!" Are You Doing About Racism?

NASW Maryland Chapter

Aug 04, 2020

Social Workers Unraveling Racism (SWUR) invites you to join the second installment of the Community Conversations series.

SWUR is a committee of the Maryland Chapter of NASW founded in 2015 in response to Freddie Gray's death and the subsequent Baltimore Uprising. We are social workers in Maryland devoted to racial justice. We are committed to the examination and education about how racism impacts ourselves, our profession, our clients, and society. Our goal is to use these learnings to enact change in our communities and to eliminate racism in our world.

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Vermont Discussion on Racial Injustice

NASW Vermont Chapter

Jul 31, 2020

NASW-VT virtual meeting to support each other and reflect on the current events. Racism is not new, but current events have unfolded a new level of urgency to remind us to reflect on our personal values. 

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Engaging Political Structures to Advance Social Movements

NASW Ohio Chapter

Jul 30, 2020

Dr. N. J. Akbar, Vice President of Akron Board of Education and equity expert will lead a discussion on that district’s recent racism resolution and commitment to racial equity. He will share his support policy changes that will help to eradicate racism and the role our organization could play to support PACE-endorsed candidates beyond the endorsement process.

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Webinar: "Let's Talk About Whiteness: Understanding Racial Identity, Privilege, and Fragility"

NASW New Jersey Chapter

Jul 29, 2020

Join Kristin Miller, LCSW, and NASW-NJ's Executive Director, Jennifer Thompson, MSW, for a conversation about white privilege, white fragility and the concept of racial identity development.

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Call to Action: A Movement for Police Reform

NASW New Jersey Chapter and NASW New York City Chapter

Jul 28, 2020

NASW-NJ and NASW-NYC will be co-hosting a pair of webinars on social work and advocacy which will culminate in two days of virtual action July 28-29.

Using the tools provided during the two webinars, we'll be asking our members to take some time on July 28 and July 29 to make phone calls to their local, state, and nationally elected officials to advocate for police reform.

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Black Social Work Shared Interest Group

NASW New Jersey Chapter

Jul 23, 2020

On July 23, join Sharea Farmer, LCSW, Kia Alexander, LCSW, and Nicole G. Epps, MSW, for an informal meet-up to connect with other Black social workers and discuss common issues faced in your work.

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Protest in North Carolina (Photo from NASW-NC member Chris Budnick)


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 June 2020 Protest in Fairbanks, AK (Photo by NASW-AK member Leigh Bolin)


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NASW is committed to ending racism through public education, social justice advocacy and professional training. We need your help to do this work.