Forming a Community of Social Work Critical Race Theory Scholars

Since emerging as a theory for teaching about diversity and oppression in social work education more than 15 years ago, there has been an increasing number of educational programs around the country integrating Critical Race Theory into their curriculums at all levels—baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral.

At the same time there has also been a growing body of scholarship, practice innovations and research, and the critical mass of researchers has grown both in terms of number, publications, and contributions to social work curriculums in universities across the county. Since this idea was formalized as the Critical Race Scholars in Social Work (CRSSW) in the Spring of 2020 its membership has grown to over 200 scholars, has held two virtual conferences and its members have published dozens of articles and chapters in books. Originally intended to create a supportive community of scholars at all levels of the academe to study, support and create a network of people who are interested in contributing to this growing body of literature, this project continues to mature as a voice supporting Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) in social work education and practice.

Project Faculty

Dr. Susan Nakaoka (Co-Convener; CSU Long Beach)

Dr. Larry Ortiz