Current Issues


The following collection of diversity-related articles and resources addresses current issues facing social work education and practice.   

New: Responding to Ferguson in the Classroom and on Campus

The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the subsequent findings of grand juries not to indict the officers involved, has sparked nationwide protests and unrest. Social work educators may struggle with how to raise the complex discussion of race, systemic discrimination and oppression, and the use of force by law enforcement in their classrooms and at their institutions.      

How to Improve Discussion of Race in the Classroom, commentary offered by a law professor at the University of Indiana Bloomington and featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, offers some suggestions on how to begin this conversation with students.

CSWE is currently highlighting how social work programs are responding to these events, in partnership with their institutions and the larger community. Learn more about Programmatic Responses to Current Examples of Social Injustice

Historically Underrepresented Groups
The CSWE Council on Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity (CRECD) urges replacement of the term "minority" with "historically underrepresented groups".

Behavioral Health Disparities Literature Review
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and NADD recently released a behavioral health disparities literature review with recommendations for how the social work profession can address these perennial inequities.
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