The Feminist Manuscript Award is awarded to a submitted Annual Program Meeting (APM) proposal that draws upon feminist and womanist theory, research methods, and/or educational and practice perspectives are welcome. With a clear focus and centering of the feminisms, including Womanist and Xicanism perspectives, topics may include:

  • innovative and effective social work practices and educational models

  • histories of women in social work practice and education

  • strategies to address intersecting identities (e.g., racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, class, age, disability)

  • efforts to increase the presence of underrepresented populations at all levels of social work education

  • application of feminist theories and methods to diverse populations

  • feminist-informed administration and leadership models

  • global contexts for women’s participation in social work practice, research, and education

  • professional commitments to social justice and equality for women

CSWE membership is an eligibility requirement for all commission and council awards. To check your membership status, or link your membership your social work program visit and click Link to Program/Join CSWE.

A complete online submission for this award includes the following attachments:

  1. A blinded copy of the manuscript with all identifying information. Submit the manuscript as a Word document.

  2. A separate title page showing name, credentials, affiliation, and email address of all authors and identifying the corresponding author and their academic status.

The person or persons selected for this award are expected to present their paper at CSWE's APM. The award will be presented at the Feminist Breakfast during the APM.

2024 Feminist Manuscript Award Recipients

Won’t You Celebrate with Me? A Conceptual Framework for Mentoring Black Women Pursuing Research Doctorates

Garrett_Headshot-2.jpgKenyette S. Garrett
University of Tennessee, College of Social Work

Kenyette Garrett, LCSW, is a third-year PhD student at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. Her research is centered on investigating the experiences of Black students in musical environments such as classrooms, non-profit organizations, and ensembles through a social justice lens. Additionally, she is passionate about enhancing the experiences of Black women within doctoral programs as well as examining how racial allyship can expand opportunities for Black students within the field of music and in higher education. Before pursuing her postgraduate studies, Kenyette earned her MSW at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and accrued fourteen years of practice experience across various domains, including child welfare, community mental health, and care coordination.

Chaffin_2022-jpeg.jpegKate M. Chaffin, DSW
University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work

Dr. Chaffin is the Assistant Dean of Faculty Development and Professor of Practice at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work. Her research area is best practices in online education and feminist pedagogy, mentorship, and leadership. She served two terms on the Women's Council in which she also served as the co-chair. Amplifying the perspectives, experiences, and voices of all women is what she strives for in all aspects of her life.

Ward_Headshot-2.jpgChesney J. Ward, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Utah State University

Chesney Jones Ward is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Utah State University and a fully licensed clinical social worker in Utah and Tennessee. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee's College of Social Work. Chesney's scholarship is dedicated to reducing healthcare disparities for minority populations with a focus on end-of-life and promoting successful aging in underrepresented communities. Chesney is also dedicated to enhancing equity and inclusion for Black doctoral students through mentorship and networking opportunities.

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