Council on Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

The Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity is a council of the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. The council initiates new activities and programs related to historically underrepresented groups in social work education, and promotes research into issues relevant to minority educators, students, and alumni. In striving to address all issues related to historically underrepresented groups in social work education, the council facilitates communication between a wide variety of historically underrepresented social work educator groups and CSWE, and provides recommended policies, consultation, and advice to the Board of Directors and CSWE staff.

Charge From the Commission

The Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity also has the following functions:

  • To stimulate new activities and programs relevant to historically underrepresented groups in social work education
  • To facilitate communication between the various historically underrepresented social work educator groups and the Council on Social Work Education
  • To recommend policies for consideration by the Board of Directors
  • To respond to (all) issues related to historically underrepresented groups in social work education
  • To provide consultation and advice to staff
  • To encourage both research and dissemination of information related to the retention and recruitment of historically underrepresented educators and students, and related to the careers of alumni

Statement on using the term Historically Underrepresented Groups



Committee Members
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  • Rhea Almeida
    Executive Director
    Somerset, NJ
    Councilor
    07/01/2009 - 06/30/2015
  • Valire Carr Copeland
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Bronwyn Cross-Denny
    Assistant Professor
    Sacred Heart University
    Stamford, CT
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Wesley Jay Gabbard
    Associate Professor
    Western Kentucky University
    Bowling Green, KY
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Yoonsook Ha
    Assistant Professor
    Boston University
    Boston, MA
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Karen Kyeunghae Lee
    Assistant Professor
    University of Kansas
    Lawrence, KS
    Councilor
    03/07/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Madeline Lee
    Assistant Professor
    Tulane University
    New Orleans, LA
    Councilor
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Maya A. Gibbons
    Assistant Professor
    Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
    Galloway, NJ
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Tina Marie Maschi
    Associate Professor
    Fordham University
    New York, NY
    Councilor
    03/07/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Henrika McCoy
    Assistant Professor
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Jane McPherson
    Doctoral Student
    Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL
    Councilor
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Claudia L. Moreno
    Associate Professor & Director
    Dominican College of Blauvelt
    Orangeburg, NY
    Councilor
    07/01/2010 - 06/30/2016
  • Vanessa Robinson Dooley
    Assistant Professor
    Kennesaw State University
    Kennesaw, GA
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Billie Terrell
    Department Chair and MSW Program Director
    University of St. Francis, The
    Joliet, IL
    Graduate Program Representative
    07/01/2010 - 06/30/2016