Defining Anti-Racist Social Work
September 24-25, 2021
The Mid-Atlantic Anti-Oppression Social Work Coalition (MAASWC) members includes Schools of Social Work from Howard University, The Catholic University of America, University Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland at Baltimore, and Private Practitioners within the DC-MD corridor.
Coalition Vision Statement: This coalition is committed to examining and disrupting oppression in all of its forms, including but not limited to racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and gender discrimination. We are focused on how human service workers work to disrupt or enable these systems of oppression. The work of this coalition will be guided by intersectionality and recognition of the interconnectedness of different forms of identity-based oppression.
Conference Purpose: Our first annual conference will specifically target racism, recognizing that the profession of social work is at a crossroads. Are we content to manage the consequences of racism, or are we committed to uprooting it? For social work to truly disrupt racist systems, we must adopt an antiracist practice framework.