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The Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity (CRECD) established this award to recognize doctoral students and junior faculty members with outstanding scholarship in the areas of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in social work education. An award will be given to a doctoral student and a junior faculty member during the CSWE Annual Program Meeting.

2020 Junior Faculty Award Recipient – Laura C. Taylor

Dr. Laura C. Taylor has been a faculty member with the University of Memphis Department of Social Work since 2011. She served as the director of BA field placements from May 2011 to June 2015. Dr. Taylor served as clinical assistant professor and director of MSW field placements from June 2015 to July 2017. In August 2017 she was promoted to assistant professor. Dr. Taylor's research interests involve social determinants of health that influence how African Americans seek out and  experience mental health care. She has published five peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Taylor has 22 years of professional experience as a social worker. She runs a small clinical practice providing individual psychotherapy, with a specialization in African American women and mental health; supervision to master's level social workers pursuing clinical licensure; exam preparation to social workers seeking master's and clinical licensure; and consultation to practitioners and agencies.

2020 Doctoral Student Award Recipient – Taylor Geyton

 Taylor Geyton is a PhD candidate at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Taylor also runs a private therapy   practice in Maryland and works in the community to address the mental health needs of underserved populations.   Taylor received her MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and her BSW from Mary Baldwin University   in Staunton, VA. Her research interests include the exploration of Black people's experiences throughout the   diaspora with regard to social activism and change, the dissonance between women's  rights activists and civil   rights activists, radical social work practice and moving beyond optical diversity, and the role of interest   convergence in recent policy changes. Taylor hopes to use her platform to close the gaps that marginazlie Black   women and women of color in political and social structures


2019 Junior Faculty Award Recipient

Elliott-Groves_E-photo.jpegDr. Emma Elliott-Groves is an assistant professor at the University of Washington. She holds a PhD in educational psychology and an MSW in children, youths, and families. Much of her research centers on understanding the meanings and explanations of suicidal behavior from the perspective of indigenous peoples. Her work grows from ethical frameworks generated by indigenous and place-based knowledge and practices to create process-centered approaches that illuminate indigenous pathways toward collective livelihood. By employing a strengths-based approach to recovery, Dr. Elliott-Groves rigorously engages youths, families, and communities in the development of integrated behavioral health interventions to address complex social issues. As an enrolled member of the Cowichan Tribes who was born and raised in the community, Dr. Elliott-Groves is partnering with her home community to design programming to strengthen its physical, mental, intellectual, and cultural health. The interdisciplinary intersections of her research include contemporary indigenous issues; cultural learning and human development; and trauma, prevention, and recovery.

2019 Doctoral Student Award Recipient

Adams_R-photo.jpgRaymond Adams is a PhD student at Jackson State University, a historically Black university in Jackson, MS. Mr. Adams has served as a tenure-track social work professor at Southern Arkansas University since fall 2014 in the BSW program. He was the inaugural West Chester University Frederick Douglass Institute Summer Scholar in the Graduate Social Work Department, where he taught a 5-week accelerated MSW level course, Mental Health: A Recovery Approach. Mr. Adams hopes to continue his career at Southern Arkansas University after defending his doctoral dissertation and will explore best practices and interventions for older African-American prostate cancer survivors.