Teaching Anti-Racism to White Social Work Students

A Practical Approach


  • Dennis Cornell University of Kentucky




anti-racism, white students, racial bias, white learning, teaching white social work students, implicit racial bias


Social work education has traditionally been focused on Whiteness with evidence-based anti-racism practices not commonly taught in social work courses. Utilizing the six anti-racism intervention categories found in the literature review, while incorporating the anti-racism frameworks of learning/unlearning socially conditioned racism, this practice application article focuses on developing an anti-racism MSW course for a university. Additionally, suggestions to infuse anti-racism practices throughout the entirety of an MSW program are introduced. This approach will allow students to develop a more anti-racist mindset throughout their MSW studies. A two-day anti-racism workshop is also proposed which can be used for students or professionals in schools, organizations and companies for community teaching or continuing education.


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