An excerpt from our full statement attached below:The Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education (Women's Council) is a group of members of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) charged with the development of educational resources relevant to women's issues in social work education. It is a council of the CSWE Commission on Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. The Women's Council works to eliminate all procedures within academia that hinder the full participation of women, makes recommendations to the CSWE Board of Directors on all matters of policy, and initiates and coordinates programs and activities related to women in social work education.
Like many others in social work academia, we have found that the recent national conversations about racial justice bring to mind examples of systemic and structural racism within our programs, schools, and social work community. The systems that create this racism often compound it with words and actions that are also sexist, homophobic, ageist, ableist, and classist and affect Black members of our communities who carry other marginalized identities on or within themselves.