What is Teaching for Social Justice?
This online teaching series prepares social work faculty for teaching the intellectual and practical skills students need to engage in ending inequality and creating structures for inclusion. Over the course of fall 2015, this series will offer a combination of live webinars, curriculum resources, and discussion forums that explore teaching social justice in the areas of:
- Race, poverty, and ethnicity (November 2015)
- Disability (December 2015)
- Sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (January 2016)
- Feminism (January 2016)
Who should participate?
Educators teaching in the areas of diversity, human rights, and social justice and students interested in these topics
Registration for this series includes access to live webinars from expert presenters, high-quality teaching resources that can be downloaded to use in class, and a discussion forum to connect with educators across the country. Registration is $75 for CSWE members and $100 for non-members. All live presentations will be archived for on-demand viewing. Click the tabs above for more information about each topic.
This series is produced in partnership with the CSWE Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice and the CSWE Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice and its councils.
Teaching for Social Justice will kick off with a live presentation by Founding Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and bestselling author, Bryan Stevenson. In a live webinar on November 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm EDT, Bryan will explore social justice in the criminal justice system.
About the Speaker
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated, and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson's work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government and has been awarded 21 honorary doctorate degrees. He is the author of award-winning and New York Times bestselling book, Just Mercy.
The CSWE Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice and the CSWE Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity has developed teaching resources for this topic, which can be located under the "Handouts" tab.
The CSWE Council on Disability and Persons with Disabilities addressed social justice in the context of psychiatric disabilities in a live webinar on December 4, 2015—specifically how social work faculty can promote a more equitable environment for students with these disabilities through the use of the Higher Education Support Toolkit.
Access a recording of the webinar on the right side of the screen and a copy of the Higher Education Support Toolkit under the "Handouts" tab above.
The CSWE Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression will share teaching modules on both sexual orientation and gender identity expression, beginning with a live, introductory webinar on January 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm EST. Each set of modules is located under the "Handouts" tab above.
Module 1: An Introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
Module 2: Gender Identity and Discrimination in Everyday Life
Module 3: Sexual Orientation and Social Work Education
Module 4: Gender Identity & Expression and Social Work Education
The CSWE Council on Women and the Role and Status of Women has developed the following modules to help social work educators incorporate feminism in the classroom. Teaching feminism requires a critical examination of the concept of feminist practice, with attention to oppression, power, and privilege and the effects of gender as it intersects with race/ethnicity, sexuality, and class. From a practice perspective feminist approaches provide the values, knowledge, and skills social workers regularly use to elevate suffering and promote social justice. All of the modules are are listed under “Handouts" tab above and their corresponding videos are listed on the right side of this page.
- Feminism Module 1: Use of Feminism in the Classroom
- Feminism Module 2: Feminist Theories
- Feminism Module 3: Types of Feminism, including Black Feminism and Feminism in Latin America and Caribbean
- Feminism Module 4: Use of Feminism in Research
- Feminism Module 5: Social Work and Feminism
This module was developed by the CSWE Council on Women and the Role and Status of Women. A special thanks to the Council members who developed the content for this module:
Michelle Blake, Austin Peay State University
Anne Deepak, Monmouth University
Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak, West Chester University
Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Simmons College
Diane Hodge, Radford University
Frances Kominkiewicz, Saint Mary's College - Notre Dame
Shannon Lane, Adelphi University
Elithet Silva-Martinez, University of Puerto Rico
Catherine Simmons, University of Memphis