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