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Teaching Black History/Unlearning White Privilege

Date & Time:
March 23, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
PF 4270 Social Work Lounge, 4th Floor (Professional Faculties Building)

A Roundtable Discussion in the Faculty of Social Work

Everyone welcome. Lunch Provided.

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Currently, across social work faculties in Canada, there is limited focus on Black history, experiences, knowledge and lives. Despite an over-representation of Black communities in child protection and criminal justice systems, there is no mention of educating social workers on Black or African-Canadian history within the Canadian Association of Social Work Education Accreditation Standards (2014). This absence is paired with the need for explicit discussions on white privilege and the urgency of social work education and practice that elevates concrete strategies and praxis (including critical action) to address this pervasive, socially constructed inequality. Further, the racialization of poverty and an increasing climate of Anti-Black Racism centralize the urgency of this discourse in social work teaching institutions. Join us for a roundtable conversation on this critical social work issue.  We welcome the attendance of participants from other disciplines.


Roundtable Leads:

David C. Este, MSW, PhD

Michael Embaie MSW

Kehinde Ariyo, BSW student

Dorsa Sobhani BSW student

Liza Lorenzetti, MSW, PhD


This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Social Work, the Social Work Students Association and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure.