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 promotes expanding the knowledge base for educators, students, and alumni through education and by disseminating and encouraging research about members of historically and emerging underrepresented groups. It also initiates new activities and programs related to these groups in social work education while: 1) acknowledging the impact of the entrenched influences of power, privilege, oppression on their experiences and the larger social, economic, and political structure, 2) fostering critical understanding of their experience through an empathic lens, and 3) emphasizing social change and achieving equality and non-discrimination and political, civil, social, economic, and cultural rights.

Charge From the Commission

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

  • To initiate new activities and programs relevant to historically underrepresented groups in social work education
  • To prepare social work educators and students for teaching and practice that promotes human rights and social justice in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect
  • To disseminate and encourage research about members of historically and emerging underrepresented groups to be used by educators, students, and alumni
  • To facilitate communication between the various historically and emerging underrepresented social work educator affiliated groups and the Council on Social Work Education
  • To broaden how the larger membership, and thus the field, understands the dynamics and intersectionality of the experiences of historically and emerging underrepresented groups in social work education
  • To provide recommendations for policies, consultation, and advice to the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, Board of Directors, and CSWE staff

Statement on using the term Historically and Emerging Underrepresented Groups



Committee Board
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  • Bronwyn Cross-Denny
    Assistant Professor
    Sacred Heart University
    Stamford, CT
    Co-Chair
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2017
  • Vanessa Robinson Dooley
    Assistant Professor
    Kennesaw State University
    Kennesaw, GA
    Co-Chair
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Derek Brown
    Assistant Professor, BSW Program Director
    Sacred Heart University
    Fairfield, CT
    Councilor
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Phillipe Copeland
    Faculty
    Boston University
    Roslindale, MA
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Yarneccia  Danielle Dyson
    Assistant Professor
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Jamestown, North Carolina
    Councilor
    07/01/2016 - 06/30/2019
  • Maria del Mar Farina
    Assitant Professor
    Westfield State University
    Longmeadow, MA
    Councilor
    07/01/2016 - 06/30/2019
  • Maria Gurrola
    Assistant professor
    New Mexico State University
    Las Cruces, NM
    Councilor
    07/01/2016 - 06/30/2019
  • Rhonda Hudson
    Professor and BSW Director
    Union University
    Jackson, TN
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Mayra Lopez Humphreys
    BSW Program Director
    College of Staten Island
    Staten Island, NY
    Councilor
    07/01/2016 - 06/30/2019
  • Michele  Kelly
    Assistant Professor
    University of Mississippi
    University, MS
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Gordon E. Limb
    Director
    Brigham Young University
    Provo, UT
    Councilor
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Vernon Loke
    Associate Professor
    Eastern Washington University
    Cheney, WA
    Councilor
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Olga Molina
    Associate Professor
    University of Central Florida
    Orlando, FL
    Councilor
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • dena ned
    Associate Professor
    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Councilor
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • La Tonya Noel
    Assistant Professor
    Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL
    Councilor
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Jennifer S. Payne
    Assistant Professor
    Azusa Pacific University
    WEST COVINA, CA
    Councilor
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Michael Allen Robinson
    Assistant Professor
    University of Georgia
    ATHENS, GA
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Saundra Starks
    Associate Professor
    Western Kentucky University
    Bowling Green, KY
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Maria Torres
    Assistant Professor
    Smith College
    Northampton, MA
    Councilor
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018
  • Daniel Velez Ortiz
    Assistant Professor
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Jerry Watson
    Associate Professor
    Rust College
    Holly Springs, MS
    Councilor
    07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018