*Resolution: In Defense of Critical Race Theory in Social Work
Critical Race Scholars in Social Work (CRSSW)
Unanimously passed by the CRSSW Steering Committee on October 31, 2022
WHEREAS state legislative proposals are being introduced across the United States that target academic discussions of racism and related issues in American history in schools, colleges, and universities under the guise of banning “critical race theory;”
WHEREAS all social work faculty have a responsibility to advocate for curriculum at their colleges and universities and in their classrooms that accurately represents the oppression experienced by clients and communities to enhance the training of future social workers;
WHEREAS the National Association of Social Workers mandates social workers not to stand by in the face of racism and oppression, and social work programs are mandated by their accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education, to explicitly tackle issues of racism and oppression;
WHEREAS attacks on curricula and pedagogies addressing histories and legacies of gendered antiblack chattel slavery, segregation/U.S. apartheid, genocidal conquest and colonization, heteronormativity, patriarchy, and other oppressive power relations attempt to repress and intimidate educators, undermining their freedom to explore a wide variety of topics based on a rigorous approach to social and historical knowledge and the development of essential critical thinking skills;
WHEREAS education about systemic, historical forms of oppressive violence and power relations based on race, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, citizenship, and other social/cultural/political identities is inseparable from the active and engaged pursuit of knowledge and social work practice in the 21st century and is a basic pedagogical responsibility to students and multiple communities;
WHEREAS CRSSW stands firm in its mission and will continue to advance knowledge, action, and dialogue and support efforts to integrate critical race theory into social work education and practice;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that CRSSW resolutely rejects any attempts by bodies external to college and university faculty to restrict or dictate college and university curriculum on any matter, including matters related to racial, gender, and social justice, and firmly opposes encroachment on faculty authority by legislatures, boards of trustees, and similar or analogous bodies;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CRSSW stands with our K-12 colleagues throughout the U.S. who may be affected by anti-CRT legislation when they seek to teach truthfully in U.S. history, civics, literature, and other courses;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CRSSW calls on relevant college and university administrators, including provosts, presidents, and chancellors, to affirm that they reject any attempts by bodies external to the faculty to restrict or dictate college and university curriculum on any matter, including matters related to racial, gender, and social justice, and that they will vehemently oppose encroachment on faculty authority by legislatures, boards of trustees, and similar or analogous bodies.
Critical Race Scholars in Social Work Steering Committee
*Adapted by and with permission from American Studies Association Resolution
Critical Race Scholars in Social Work is a space for social workers to actively engage in the praxis of Critical Race Theory (CRT). The Critical Race Scholars in Social Work (CRSSW) collective was formed to provide a space for social work faculty, students, and practitioners to engage in the praxis of Critical Race Theory (CRT). Originating in legal studies, CRT has provided a relevant, social justice-oriented framework for research, theory, pedagogy, and practice in social work. Members of CRSSW center race in their work, consider intersectionality of oppression, embrace counter-narratives and develop innovative methods for self-critique, empowerment, and community building to inspire and facilitate social change and transformative justice.
CRT in Social Work
Originating in legal studies, Critical Race Theory (CRT) centers race in the analyses of societal institutions and social problems. CRT has become prominent in Education and Public Health and is now gaining steam in Social Work.
As a field with a commitment to equity and social justice, Social Work is poised to become a leader in CRT as it pertains to social problems, liberatory practice, anti-racism, and student-centered pedagogy.
Thank you for a GREAT 2022 Convening. We look forward to seeing you in 2024!
The Long Game: Healing and resistance through joy, perseverance, and community.
November 4th & 5th
10:30am - 2:30 pm PDT
Keynote speaker, Dr. Monique Constance-Huggins
The Critical Race Scholars in Social Work’s (CRSSW) 3rd Annual Convening will be held virtually on November 4-5, 2022 from 10:30 am-2:30 pm PDT. This year’s theme, Staying in the Game Through Collective Resistance and Healing, is a call for social workers and like-minded folks to share space, build community, and celebrate the work being done in our communities.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Monique Constance-Huggins, is a trailblazer and leader who has written foundational pieces in critical race theory’s application to social work. She continues to stay true to advancing critical race theory in social work and we are excited to hear her speak to the convening theme.
One of the commonly asked questions about critical race theory is: “what does it look like in practice?” The panel will explore how three amazing praxitioners embody CRT in their practice even without explicitly naming it in their work. They will share themes that inform their work and how they operate from a different framework that is traditionally taught. This is an opportunity to celebrate the work they are doing and to learn and grow together all while making the connection to the critical race tenets.