DSW Candidate – Karen Tapp, Attorney, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Revisioning Social Work: Strategies For Abolishing Anti-Black Racism in the Curriculum

DSW Candidate – Karen Tapp, Attorney

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Revisioning Social Work: Strategies For Abolishing Anti-Black Racism in the Curriculum

Slavery, white supremacy, and anti-Black racism provide the historical context within social work’s legacy of participation in anti-Black racist initiatives such as eugenics, segregation, and discrimination. Most of the academic books and research in social work have been penned by white authors. Black authors and voices are noticeably lacking.

A systematic review addressing anti-Black racism in the social work curriculum reveals that anti-Black racism continues in the academy through the absence of frameworks to teach about internalized racial oppression; deficits found in management of student interactions on topics of race in the classroom; instructors’ limited knowledge on the topic; instructor restraint and discomfort teaching anti-racism; and a lack of social work research on the topic.

Conceptually, Critical Race Theory (CRT), Intersectionality, and Radical Love Theory can be used to provide a more potent student learning experience and dismantling of anti-Black racism in the social work curriculum. CRT provides the intellectual understanding of the systemic nature of anti-Black racism that is a permanent feature of our culture; Intersectionality identifies a person’s oppression and privileges; and, Radical Love provides the heart and the will to action. Radical Love helps to create liberatory spaces for discussions centering Black voices and experiences, and creates a student-centered approach.

Instructors are advised to start with Radical Love, sharing that mistakes will be made and welcoming feedback. An example of this conceptual model supporting “use of self” through language, critical inquiry, and positive disruption of mainstream practice will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand what a recent systematic review revealed about anti-Black racism in the social work curriculum.
  2. To understand a conceptual model that uses CRT, Intersectionality and Radical Love Theory along with action steps to dismantle anti-Black racism in the social work curriculum.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.