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NASW Responds to Shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas; again urges policing reforms

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is appalled by the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and again urges reforms that would help end racial profiling and excessive use of police force and improve relations between police and the communities they serve. It is also important that we express how deeply NASW is upset about ... Read More »

Latino Critical Perspective in Social Work

Social workers are challenged to broaden their perspectives and cultural competencies when dealing with clients, particularly clients from cultures that differ from the social worker’s home culture. Often it is helpful to bring in new theoretical perspectives when a social worker is dealing with a client from, for instance, a Latin American culture. In this case, Latino Critical Perspective, or ... Read More »

NASW’s Michigan chapter hosts race forums

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Many NASW chapters are addressing the complex issues of racism, hate crimes and police use of force in their communities. The NASW Michigan Chapter is the latest example of social workers working toward positive solutions. This fall it partnered with 14 schools of social work to host a first-ever series of social work forums ... Read More »

Multicultural Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity

In the past 30 years, the United States has undergone an unprecedented and accelerated growth in the diversity of its population. These changes affect all elements of our society, underscoring the need for an informed and knowledgeable public that can understand, respect, and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds. To foster further dialogue and insight into these issues, NASW Press ... Read More »

“She can’t fight ’cause she acts white”: Identity and coping for girls of color in middle school

In middle schools girls struggle to define themselves in relationship to a new and larger school environment and a more diverse group of peers. This is particularly challenging for girls of color: their devaluation in society due to being female is compounded by their devaluation due to being a person of color. In middle school students often find themselves separated ... Read More »

Police shootings demonstrate need for social workers to press for reforms

Recent, highly publicized cases of police using deadly force against people of color, including the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9,  underscore the need for the social work profession to call for reforms in the nation’s law enforcement systems. This issue is important for the profession, which has a long history of working to end all ... Read More »

Racial Disparities in the Use of Physical Restraints in U.S. Nursing Homes

An unprecedented growth in the aging population is expected over the next 40 years, and the minority population of older adults is expected to increase significantly more than that of white older adults. Yet accessing home- and community-based care may be more difficult for minority older adults than for white older adults, resulting in fewer alternatives to nursing home care ... Read More »

“Examing Cultural Competence in Health Care: Implications for Social Workers”

It’s well established that ethnic and racial minorities bear experience a disproportionate amount of negative health outcomes; this phenomenon is known as “health disparities”. Given that health disparities among ethnic minority groups have been partly attributed to cultural differences between patients and providers, there is an ongoing concerted effort to develop and implement culturally competent health interventions at both the ... Read More »

University of Pittsburgh Conference: Race in America

Race in America June 6, 2010 Keynote speaker: Julian Bond, social activist; leader in the American Civil Rights Movement; politician; professor; and writer The University of Pittsburgh has set the stage for a solution-focused dialogue on race. Pitt’s School of Social Work and the school’s Center on Race and Social Problems will host Race in America: Restructuring Inequality, a national ... Read More »