CSWE Press

Women of Color as Social Work Educators: Strengths and Survival

Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi, Saundra Hardin Starks, Carmen Ortiz Hendricks
Publication Date: 09/14/2007
ISBN: 978-0-87293-125-1
Pages: 320
Publisher: CSWE Press
Inside the pages of this beautifully presented book are the narratives of 20 women of color who are social work educators in predominantly White systems and institutions. This book brings to life their voices and illuminates their unique experiences as contributors to the betterment of social work education. Each woman’s story is told in her own voice and describes the personal and professional challenges that lead her on the path toward social work education.

"Educators and aspiring academics of all backgrounds will find this book inspiring and practically useful in their personal and professional lives. Administrators, mentors, and allies will gain invaluable insights into the transformation needed in social work education and the academy to advance diversity and social and economic justice.” —Salome Raheim, former chair, CSWE Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice; associate professor of social work, The University of Iowa

"Intersectional theory is brought to reality in this wonderful anthology that weaves the voices of women of color sharing their stories of life as social work educators. Reading this text leaves one with a sense of awe and inspiration and calls one to work to change the unjust structure of higher education that overtly and subtly mute voices of the ‘other’.” —Larry Ortiz, professor and director, MSW Program, California State University Dominguez Hills
Women of Color as Social Work Educators: Strengths and Survival