The NYS Chapter of NASW is holding a series of Town Halls focused on the following: (1) acknowledging the history and current ways that white supremacy and racism exist in social work practice, (2) creating goals to achieve a racially just profession, and (3) the development and implementation of an action plan and action groups to achieve these goals. This work will be informed and led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) social workers. Members and non-members are invited to join us in this work.

We invite all social workers to attend these meetings and work groups. It will take social workers from all membership groups and geographic locations to change the profession. The work groups will be led by BIPOC social workers. It is imperative that this work is led by the people who have been left out of the profession in a variety of ways. Many white social workers have reached out to NASW-NYS asking how they can support our anti-racism work. This initiative is a great way to practice allyship.

Town Hall I

Acknowledge Historical Racism & Current Racism in the Profession of Social Work

Thank you for joining us for the first Town Hall Meeting in our series, Revolutionizing the Social Work Profession. We appreciate the courage it took to make your voices heard, your commitment to dismantling racism and white supremacy, and for starting this work with us. We are grateful for your willingness to lead and participate in this initiative. We believe that you can make a difference and together we can create an inclusive National Association of Social Workers, New York State Chapter and social work profession.

Click here to view the recording of our first Town Hall. 

Town Hall II

Envisioning an Equitable Profession- Setting Measurable Goals to Change the Profession

This will be our first Town Hall focused on envisioning an equitable profession. We recognize that it will take multiple Town Halls to set measurable goals to change the profession of social work. The first goal setting Town Hall will examine what a racially just NASW-NYS Chapter would look like. This event will be co-hosted by Cecily Mitchell-Harper and Alexandra Saint Laurent. Our co-hosts will lead the discussion as you identify goals for the Chapter to implement. Please join us for this important work.

When: Aug 27, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting.


Data and Story Collection

Data and Story Collection

In addition to the Town Halls, NASW-NYS will also be collecting stories from BIPOC social workers. This is an opportunity to voice your experiences of racism within the profession and NASW-NYS. We will be collecting these stories and data to support the work, to share on social media, and recite within the town halls when social workers would like to remain anonymous.

To view and/or answer our first three prompts, click here.