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 Board
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  • Bronwyn Cross-Denny
    Assistant Professor
    Sacred Heart University
    Stamford, CT
    Co-Chair
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2017
  • Michael Allen Robinson
    Assistant Professor
    East Carolina University
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Co-Chair
    07/01/2011 - 06/30/2017
  • Phillipe Copeland
    Faculty
    Roslindale, MA
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Rhonda Hudson
    Professor and BSW Director
    Union University
    Jackson, TN
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Michele  Kelly
    Assistant Professor
    University of Mississippi
    University, MS
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Madeline Lee
    Assistant Professor
    California State University, San Marcos
    San Marcos, CA
    Councilor
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Jane McPherson
    Assistant Professor
    University of Georgia
    Athens, GA
    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
  • Saundra Starks
    Associate Professor
    Western Kentucky University
    Bowling Green, KY
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Billie Terrell
    Department Chair and MSW Program Director
    University of St. Francis, The
    Joliet, IL
    Graduate Program Representative
    07/01/2010 - 06/30/2016
  • Daniel Velez Ortiz
    Assistant Professor
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017