Council on Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity

The Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity (CRECD) 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 (a) acknowledging the impact of the entrenched influences of power, privilege, and oppression on their experiences and the larger social, economic, and political structure; (b) fostering critical understanding of their experience through an empathic lens; and (c) emphasizing social change and achieving equality and nondiscrimination and political, civil, social, economic, and cultural rights.

Charge From the Commission

The CRECD also has the following functions:

  • To initiate new activities and programs relevant to historically underrepresented groups in social work education‚Äč

  • 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

  • ‚ÄčTo provide recommendations for policies, consultation, and advice to the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, Board of Directors, and the CSWE staff.

CRECD Award

The 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. Two awards will be given to doctoral students or junior faculty members (faculty members who have completed a doctorate within the last 7 years). View eligibility criteria and more information here.

All applications must be submitted through the Online Submittable Form by Friday, May 6, at 11:59 PM (ET). Please note that each award has different requirements. E-mailed or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

2-QTPOC Social Work Impact Award

The CRECD and CSOGIE (Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) present the Two-Spirit, Queer, and Trans People of Color (2-QTPOC) Social Work Impact Award. This award recognizes and honors an outstanding midcareer or senior social work scholar who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the field of social work through research or education in the topical areas that affect two-spirit, queer, and trans people of color (2-QTPOC) communities. View eligibility criteria and more information here.

All applications must be submitted through the Online Submittable Form by Friday, May 6, at 11:59 PM (ET). Please note that each award has different requirements. E-mailed or incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Co-Chair

  • Melissa Singh

    Clinical Associate Professor

    University of Southern California

  • Candice Beasley

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Tulane University

Member