NASW-NYS Racial Justice Forum

Racial Justice Forum is a series of facilitated small group discussions with the purpose of providing opportunities for self-reflection, training on how each of us can improve our anti-racism, as well as practice and preparation to have these conversations in life and practice.

Broader systemic change within the profession is not possible unless individual social workers do the work to confront, examine, and unlearn the racism we perpetuate. The Racial Justice Forum aims to provide a deeper understanding of social justice issues for participating social workers as well as knowledge about the clients we work with through open discussion in a safe forum. The Racial Justice Forum was created to promote change within ourselves and our communities, with the ultimate goal of making inclusiveness a habit practiced by the profession as a whole. ⁠

We would like to thank our Diversity Committee members for their work in developing this platform, and for the time they have committed to moderating these discussions. We are humbled by their commitment to this field, and motivated by their fight to hold NASW-NYS, and social workers at large, accountable to anti-racist practices.⁠

These sessions are not recorded to allow for honest transformative conversations.

Upcoming session:

When: TBD | Allyship

Register for this forum here

Former sessions and topics:

June 25, 2020 | First Encounters with Racism

September 3, 2020 | White Privilege

October 29, 2020  | Allyship

January 28, 2021 | Systemic Racism

March 25, 2021 | Systemic Racism II

May 17, 2021 | Bystander Intervention

August 11, 2021 | Allyship

October 7, 2021 | White Fragility & Black Rage

December 7, 2021 | Systemic Racism

March 17, 2022 | Upstander Training

June 15, 2022 | Resistance to Racial Justice

October 26, 2022 | Anti-Racism Audit