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CORSW Community Impact Award 

The Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education (CORSW) Community Impact Award recognizes community praxis, which is shaped through the process of social work education and which exemplifies the values of feminist leadership models in social work education, using the following criteria:

  • The recipient (or organization) should have an affiliation with one or more accredited social work education programs (i.e., community engaged research partnership, field education placements, or other service learning opportunities).
  • The recipient engages in feminist praxis and leadership in a community setting, drawing on theories, models, competencies, and practice behaviors from their social work education.
  • The recipient is able to clearly articulate how their approach to practice, program, and/or policy reform shapes an awareness of how social work education is lived out in the real world of the community, contributing to feminist leadership and social work’s grand challenges.

2020 Award Recipient

Dr. Suk-hee Kim, PhD, COI, MSW, the 2020 CORSW Community Impact Award recipient, is an associate professor in the School of Social Work and Institute for Health Innovation Faculty Fellow at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). She was recently awarded one of the most significant honors from her university as the top finalist for the Inclusive Excellence Faculty Leadership Award 2020. In 2016 Dr. Kim reached out to Golden Tower, a nonprofit, high-rise, public housing residential community in Covington, KY, and proposed a collaboration with NKU's social work program. The proposed collaboration involved establishing a curriculum and experiential learning program for Dr. Kim's students and community senior residents at Golden Tower. Dr. Kim wanted her students to understand the complexities of geriatric services for low-income seniors before embarking on their professional careers. 

Dr. Kim's initiative, Rising Hope for Aging, integrates social work students into the Golden Tower and is one of the sites for the NKU Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved. Dr. Kim and her students not only provide social stimulation that the residents so desparately need, but also conduct important needs assessments and mental health screenings to determine the inverventions necessary for residents to successfully age in place. Prior to the pandemic, Dr. Kim also provided the fourth-year national careers in aging week on campus to raise awareness about the diverse careers available in the field of aging. Due to the unprecented events surrounding COVID-19 this year, Dr. Kim developed and provided two webinars: "An Epidemiological Response to COVID-19," presented by the epidemiologist from Hamilton County Public Health, and "Never Too Old to Dream," given by the Community Relations for Second Wind Dreams.

Dr. Kim's other significant gerontological contributions include gerontological social work curriculum development and program development for the gerontology microcredential (graduate and undergraduate) at her institution. She also played a key role with the Adult Learner Advisory Board to earn her univsersity the designation as an Age-Friendly University. NKU is the only university in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky to join the international effort to support intergenerational learners.

Dr. Kim exemplies the values of feminist and inspirational leadership models to her students, colleagues, and community in social work education. She has been recognized for her scholarly work by receiving several awards including the inaugural 2019 CSWE Commission on Diversity and Social & Economic Justice Community Partnership Action Award. 

2019 Award Recipient

The Black Mamas Community Collective (BMCC) was selected as the 2019 CORSW Community Impact Award recipient. This local movement in Texas, seeks to improve maternal health outcomes by eradicating systemic racism and creating a community of support for Black mothers. The BMCC Leadership Team* guides the work of the collective as a feminist leadership model led by consensus that seek to transform maternal health outcomes. Black women have identified institutional racism as the biggest determinate of negative outcomes for Black mothers as the scholarship suggests race is a driving factor of outcomes. Out of the impetus to improve the outcomes of Black mothers, a movement was born, and the paradigm has begun to shift. The values of a feminist leadrship model in social work education underpin the efforts of the Collective. As described by Barton (2006), "the elements of feminist leadership construction include a focus on individual micro and/or societal level social justice concerns, a desire to bring marginalized voices to the center of the conversation, and a willingness to take risks as one strives to enact societal transformation." 

*BMCC Leadership Team

Sharita Ambrose Rosana Barrett Lakia Batiste
Crystal Berry-Robets Kelene Blake-Fallon Meta Brown
Coretha Clark Stephanie Dodoo, LCSW Deborah Duncan, MSSW, LMSW
Jennifer Dungey Aprhica Farrow Robin Harris
Joyce James Marsha Jones Zana Muscove
Tyan Parker-Dominguez, PhD Angela Pie Jaymie Rivera-Clemente
Deneen Robinson Shuronda Robinson La'Toya Swan
Cynthia Washington Nakeenya Wilson