Anti-Racism Virtual Summit Agenda

September 16th (EDT)

Welcome and Introduction

Deona Hooper, Founder of SWHELPER, and Jennifer Thompson will welcome attendees to the Anti-Racism Virtual Summit centering anti-racism, advocacy, and voting. Deona and Jenn will discuss their joint initiatives Road...
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Jennifer Thompson
Deona Hooper

Social Workers in the Movement for Social Justice

Description In this session, we will talk about the important role of Social Workers in “the movement” for social justice and why we are needed to work towards ending all...
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Khalilah Collins

Social Work’s Role in Black Lives Matter

Description This presentation will provide insight into the relevance of George Floyd’s murder to Social Work; the correlation between the Black Lives Matter movement and Social Work values and ethics,...
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Wayne Reid

HBCU’s Role in the Social Justice Movement: From Resilience to Action

Description Historically Black Colleges and Universities have long been a catalyst for change in the African American community and the world. Over the years, HBCUs have educated and empowered professionals...
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Makeba Green

Activism, Organizing, and Community Through the Lens of Young Organizers – Open Discussion Panel

Description The panel brings together young, Black community organizers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss their experiences and the topics they feel passionate about as young Black people. The...
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Natosha Dobbins
Jaala Alston

Dismantling White Supremacy in Social Work

Description While social work proclaims social justice as a professional value, the history of social work education and practice tells another story. Yet, as uprisings continue to spring up across...
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Crystal Hayes
Jennifer Jewell

Racism in Child Welfare

Description This discussion will highlight the systemic and structural racism that exists in child welfare institutions which directly and in-directly target, oppress and dismantle Black and Brown families and children....
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Charity Chandler-Cole

A Chance in the World

Description Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives a terrifying existence. Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family and subjected to constant abuse, Steve finds...
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Steve Pemberton

Developing Empathy and Understanding for the Trauma, Grief, and Loss of Families Impacted by Violence

Description After the cameras leave, what happens to these families? Are they connected to mental health counselors for trauma and grief support? Are they constantly being asked to retell the...
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Ellisha Garner-Samuels
Gwen Carr

Virtual Meet and Greet with Gwen Carr – VIP Pass Holders Only

VIP Pass Holders will have the opportunity to meet and get a photo with Gwen Carr.
September 17th (EDT)

Community Organizing in the midst of a Pandemic and Ongoing Police Abuse

Description We will visit the gains of the civil rights era and the continued fight for justice and equality in our schools, prisons, streets, housing, interactions with the police and...
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Shameka Parrish-Wright

The Impact of Leadership Diversity On Policy and Legislative Efforts in the United States

Description This session will provide informative content regarding the need for greater leadership diversity at the local, state, and federal policy levels. The session will discuss the impact of institutional...
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Angela Henderson

System Reforms Have Failed – Time For Abolition

Description Black and Native children are over-surveilled, over-policed, and over-removed by the child welfare system. Decades of attempts at reform have failed to address this. Now is the time to...
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Alan Dettlaff
Kristen Weber

Mobilizing the Vote: Students Speak Out on Voter Registration and Engagement

Description From civil rights to environmental justice, students have been leading the movement to improve the health and well-being of their communities for decades. Voting is a basic human right...
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Alberto Cifuentes, Jr.

RIGHT Care Team — Responding to Mental Health 911 Calls in Innovative Partnership

Description In 2018, the City of Dallas, Parkland Hospital, and Meadows Mental Health & Policy Institute launched a pilot program called the RIGHT Care Team. The Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare...
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Kurtis Young

Demystifying “Defund the Police”

Description In this critical moment when protestors are confronting the actions and tactics of law enforcement, many find themselves facing challenging questions. What does defund the police mean? What could...
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Cherie Dawson Edwards

Racism is America’s Human Stain: Why Society Must Admit It, To Eradicate It

Description Social Justice is a core social work value. It demands that social workers uphold their code of ethics and take deliberate actions, so justice and equity exist in all...
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Tiffany Lane
Mildred Joyner

Social Work is the Solution

Description Bringing to light the role social workers can play in creating a movement. Rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. Learning Objectives Understanding the importance of social work...
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Steve Perry