2-QTPOC Social Work Impact Award

The Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity and the Council on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression present the Two-Spirit, Queer, and Trans People of Color (2-QTPOC) Social Work Impact Award.

Award Rationale

The U.S. National Institutes of Health identify a significant knowledge gap of the needs of LGBTQ+ persons who also identify as racial and ethnic minorities. The Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity (CRECD) and the Council on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Expression (CSOGIE) propose a joint award to (a) highlight the needs of two-spirit, queer, and/or trans people of color (2-QTPOC) in social work education and research; and (b) recognize social work scholars who have made significant and outstanding contributions to social work research or education by addressing issues directly impacting this intersectional community. These issues include (but are not limited to) oppression, colonialism, and/or the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, spirituality/religion, class, age, (dis)ability, immigration, health status, and/or well-being. One award will be presented at a CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM) in the fall every year. 

Award Judging Criteria

This award seeks to recognize and honor 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 impact 2-QTPOC communities. The nominee’s contributions could be 
•    significant and outstanding peer-reviewed scholarship that enriches the knowledge base of 2-QTPOC communities, their needs, and effective and efficacious interventions;
•    an activity or program that fosters or sustains a positive and inclusive culture and climate for 2-QTPOC communities in social work education; and/or
•    mentorship of 2-QTPOC junior faculty and/or students. 

Given that this award is designed to highlight an area of social work scholarship that has been historically and systematically marginalized, applicants who self-identify as LGBTQ+ persons of color or two-spirit persons will be prioritized for the award during the selection process. 

The selection committee developed will consist of members from both CRECD and CSOGIE. The committee members will conduct a review of each submission and score each submission with a rubric. Awardees will be selected according to the judging criteria above and the highest average score of their submission. 

The award will be given at either the CRECD or CSOGIE reception that takes place at the APM. The awardee will be expected to attend the award ceremony. 

Award Submission Guidelines 

The following materials will be required for nomination or self-nomination: 
(a) Nomination letter, which provides specific contributions of the nominee’s social work research or education in the areas that impact 2-QTPOC communities 
(b) Nominee’s curriculum vitae 
(c) At least one letter of support


The annual award will consist of a plaque, and the honorarium of $500. This minimal cost will be covered through fundraising on the part of both councils.


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.