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Feminist Scholar Award 

The CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education annually awards a feminist scholar who has advanced feminist knowledge as it pertains to social work theory, research, practice, policy, and education.

2020 Feminist Scholar Award Recipient

Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW, LICSW, is a professor of social work and former director of the doctoral program at the Howard University School of Social Work. Dr. Bent-Goodley received her PhD in social policy, planning, and analysis from Columbia University and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Her academic career is defined by her passion to improve the lives of African American women and families, advance scholarship that centralizes African American women survivors of intimate partner violence, focus on the necessity of infusing cultural competence and humility throughout social work practice, and increase equity for women and burgeoning scholars within the annals of higher education. She is a scholar, leader, colleague, and mentor.

As a scholar, Dr. Bent-Goodley is an outstanding writer and researcher. She edited seven books, wrote 37 book chapters, and served as the second African American editor-in-chief fo the journal Social Work. In addition, she received more than $2.4 million in federal funding while obtaining additional state, local, and private money for the purpose of advancing science and schorlarship related to domestic violence within the African American community. As a leader, she if the founding director of the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program at Howard University and served as chair of the Howard University Women's Leadership Initiative: Women as Change Agents. The Change Agent program seeks equity initiatives of women via program development and conferences and promotes female leadership for students, staff, faculty members, and administrators. Dr. Bent-Goodley is also a renowned speaker and trainer who often keynotes prestigious gatherings on the national level as well as small grassroots community-based events.

As a colleague, she believes fervently in elevating the voices of Black and Brown people that society has overlooked and marginalized. Her passion for helping African American women survivors is contagious and has fueled her students' desire to work with and support survivors of domestic violence. As a mentor, Dr. Bent-Goodley guides the professional development of current and former students, who serve as researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; grant officers for the Department of Health and Human Services; on faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work, York College, and Adelphi University School of Social Work; and managers at the New York Police Department Domestic Violence Unit. Furthermore, she is an exemplary model of navigating academic environments as an African American female social work educator. Lastly, as a practitioner, she continues her work in the greater community, assisting the National Football League with developing and implementing domestic violence training and initiatives. She is chair of the Prince Georges County Domestice Violence Fatality Review Team and helps other localities develop domestic violence fatality review teams. Moreover, Dr. Bent-Goodley retains an extensive list of boards and memberships focused on elevating and empowering women, specifically women of color.

Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley will receive the Feminist Scholar Award during the 2020 Annual Program Meeting in November.


2019 Feminist Scholar Award Recipient

Dr. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason is a professor at Simmons College School of Social Work (SSW). She teaches Advanced Clinical Practice, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Leadership, Political Strategies for Clinical Social Workers Practice, Practice With Immigrants and Refugees, and Qualitative Research. From 2004–2007 Dr. Hamilton-Mason served as director of the doctoral program at SSW. In 2005 she co-founded the SSW's Pharnal Longus Academy for Undoing Racism. From 2001–2008 she served as a Harvard University W. E. B. DuBois Institute nonresident fellow in African American research. Her scholarship and research interests are primarily concerned with African American women and families, the intersection of cross-cultural theory and practice, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. She has served as a researcher at the University of Texas Hurricane Katrina Researcher Collaborative. Dr. Hamilton-Mason's current research is focused on African American mothers and their daughters: coping, stress, and self-esteem. She recently co-authored a book, Systemic Racism in America: Its Perpetuation Through Scaffolding (Tourse, Hamilton-Mason, & Wewiorski, 2018). She enhances her teaching through clinical practice in urban agencies and through consultation and education locally and internationally.

Dr. Hamilton-Mason serves as a Board of Trustees member for the Research Education Collaborative for Al Quds University, Massachusetts Advocacy for Children, and is a member of the Heritage Guild. In 2013, she was honored to receive the Massachusetts (National Association of Social Workers) NASW Educator of the Year Award. She also received the Greater Boston Association of Black Social Workers Sankofa Community Development Award in 2016. As a practitioner, researcher and scholar, her passion lies in the intersection of social, political, and economic advocacy for underrepresented populations and communities.

Dr. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason received the 2019 Feminist Scholar Award on October 26, 2019 during the Feminist Networking Breakfast at CSWE's Annual Program Meeting in Denver, Colorado.