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Recognizing the U.S. National Day of Racial Healing

January 17, 2023 marks the seventh annual US National Day of Racial Healing. First launched in 2017 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Day of Racial Healing is part of the US Movement for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) and is observed immediately following Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is for collective awareness and action toward both racial equity and healing. We invite you to participate in this national day of reflection, reconciliation, and healing by learning from history, listening to the stories of others, and having courageous conversations. We encourage you to set aside time for discussion, education, and reflection using the resources below and those available at the National Day of Racial Healing website.

National Day of Racial Healing Resources

DEI Highlight Corner

The lessons of the Holocaust are more relevant than ever as the world remembers International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, the anniversary of liberation from Auschwitz-Birkenau. We hope you will take some time to remember the six million Jewish victims.

Holocaust: The systematic, government slaughter of six million Jews by the Nazi dictatorship and its allies and accomplices is known as the Holocaust.

We have compiled resources and activities you can engage in this International Holocaust Rememberence Day (IHRD):

  • Events hosted by CU Anschutz Holocaust, Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program:
    • How Healers Became Killers: Nazi Doctors and Modern Medical Ethics, presentation by Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH HYBRID Presentation at the Fulginiti Pavilion and via ZOOM from Noon-1:00 pm (Mountain Time) Register HERE
    • Professional Complicity in the Holocaust:  What can the professions of today learn from each other? HYBRID Panel Discussion at the Fulginiti Pavilion and via ZOOM from 1:00-2:30 pm (Mountain Time) Register HERE
  • Book: Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil by Susan Neiman, who writes about how the Germans in the Federal Republic actively worked through the past through education, making amends, reparations, and memorials.
  • Postcasts and Audio from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (ushmm.org)

The Social Work DEI Team wants to recognize the breadth of diversity, equity, and inclusion work being done in our Department and the larger MSU Denver community as well as amplify the voices of those from historically silenced communities. Have a story you want to share with us for a chance to be featured on our website? Submit it today!

Welcome Statement

To our Social Work Community:

MSU Denver Department of Social Work has embarked on a journey to provide the necessary supports and resources to the department to ensure that we create a culturally responsive professional and academic learning environment truly rooted in an anti-oppressive social work practice.  We invite the Department, students, and partnering agencies to actively engage in and create spaces for critical reflexivity, self-awareness, and discussions around the dismantling of oppressive systems.

The social work profession is built upon a set of core values that recognize the “dignity and worth of the person,” “the importance of human relationships,” and “social justice” (NASW, 2021, preamble).  MSU Denver strongly believes that social work education is based on belief that reform is necessary within most social systems, whereby the social work curriculum is uniquely situated to provide the basic understanding and implementation of incremental and significant changes across the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.  Understanding how discrimination characterizes and shapes the human experience and development of identity, diversity, equity, and inclusion work must be recognized as foundational to the social work education experience.

Please join the Department as we hold brave spaces to embrace intersectional identifies and confront oppressive systems.

Mission Statement

To provide the necessary supports and resources to the department to ensure that we create a culturally responsive professional and academic learning environment truly rooted in an anti-oppressive social practice.

Vision Statement

MSU Denver Social Work Department strives to practice, promote, and educate the Council on Social Work Education’s competencies regarding diversity and social justice. Specifically, to engage diversity and difference in practice and advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

2023 Courageous Equity Leadership Fellows (CELF) Program

Are you interested in taking your educational and professional career to the next level? Do you have the desire to develop your future in equity leadership? You can start right now as a BSSW or MSW student.

Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are critical to our practice as social workers, starting during our educational journey. A fellowship is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and exposure to specific types of work. No matter what trajectory your social work path takes you on, Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity are vital components in your learning and work.

The 2023 Courageous Equity Leadership Fellows (CELF) Program is comprised of diverse leadership seeking to contribute to intra-racial and inter-racial healing locally and globally. “Fellows who complete the training modules, develop and execute virtual and/or face to face racial equity projects will receive a $1500.00 scholarship” (Courageous Conversation ®, 2023).

Applications are due on March 1st, 2023

2023 CELF Informational Flyer

2023 CELF Application

Self-Care Practices that support Self-Compassion

Tanya Greathouse, LCSW, Ph.D.

Tanya Greathouse, LCSW, Ph.D.

DEI Co-Coordinator, OSWSS and Field Liaison, Faculty/Staff Consultations and Support

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Julie Clockston, DSW, LCSW, Cert Ed

Julie Clockston, DSW, LCSW, Cert Ed

DEI Co-Coordinator, Neurodiverse & Disabled Student Affinity Group Facilitator and Black-Identified Student Affinity Group Facilitator

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Ozioma Aloziem, MSW

Ozioma Aloziem, MSW

DEI Curriculum Specialist

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Kristen Atkinson, MSW, Ph.D.

Kristen Atkinson, MSW, Ph.D.

Pedagogy & Diversity Facilitator

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Bianca Brandon

Bianca Brandon, LCSW

BIPOC Student Affinity Group Facilitator and Black-Identified Student Affinity Group Facilitator

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Lori Darnel, JD, MSW

Lori Darnel, JD, MSW

White-Identified Student Affinity Group Facilitator and Curriculum & More Liaison

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Matthew Drake, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D.

Matthew Drake, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D.

Men in Social Work Student Affinity Group Facilitator

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Amanda Marsh Baranski, DSW, LCSW

Amanda Marsh Baranski, DSW, LCSW

Faculty Advisor for the Building Allies of Diversity Student Group

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Dawn Matera Bassett, LCSW, Ph.D.

Dawn Matera Bassett, LCSW, Ph.D.

First-Generation Student Affinity Group Facilitator

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Stevie Noll, MSW

Stevie Noll, MSW

LGBTQAI+ Student Affinity Group Facilitator and White-Identified Student Affinity Group Facilitator

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

M. Marina Pereira, MSW

Latin/a/o/x Student Affinity Group Facilitator

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Caitlin Plamp, M.S.

Caitlin Plamp, M.S. (she/her)

Neurodiverse & Disabled Student Affinity Group Facilitator

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DEI Offerings

Student Affinity Spaces

Designated affinity spaces for students to receive support and to build community.

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Pedagogy & Diversity Workshops

Designated space for faculty and staff to engage in candid conversations about training, education and support related to teaching and facilitating critical conversations about diversity and social justice.

Student Affinity Spaces

Student Affinity Spaces are a place where groups of people are drawn together because of shared strong interests, characteristics or engagement in a common activity. The goals of affinity spaces are:

  • Provide a space of belonging for individuals
  • The aim is to allow space for individuals to engage in reflexive, vulnerable conversations that are supportive and promote growth

If you have questions about any of the student affinity groups, please email the group facilitator. As of Fall 2022, we are offering the following affinity spaces:

  • BIPOC Student Affinity Group (facilitated by Professor Bianca Brandon, [email protected]), meets virtually the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:15 PM (Zoom link)
  • Black-Identified Student Affinity Group (facilitated by Professor Bianca Brandon, [email protected]), meets virtually the 2nd Friday of each month at 10:00 AM (Zoom link coming soon)
  • First-Generation Student Affinity Group (facilitated by Dr. Dawn Matera Bassett [email protected]), meets virtually the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:15 PM (Zoom link)
  • Latin/a/o/x Student Affinity Group (facilitated by Professor Marina Pereira, [email protected]), meets virtually the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:15 PM (Zoom link)
  • LGBTQIA+ Student Affinity Group (facilitated by Stevie Noll), meets virtually the 4th Thursday of each month at 3:00 PM (in September it will be on the 5th Thursday, September 29) (Zoom link)
  • Men in Social Work Student Affinity Group (facilitated by Dr. Matt Drake, [email protected]), the next meeting is Friday, November 4 at 1:00 PM (Zoom link)
  • Neurodiverse & Disabled Student Affinity Group (facilitated by Caitlin Plamp, [email protected], and Dr. Julie Clockston, [email protected]), meets virtually the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:15 PM (Zoom link)
  • White-Identified Student Affinity Group (facilitated by Dr. Lori Darnel, [email protected]), meets virtually the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:15 PM (Zoom link)

Student Affinity Space Zoom Links

1:15 PM

4th Tuesday of the month

See list above for groups meeting at this time

3:00 PM

4th Thursday of the month

LGBTQIA+ Student Affinity Group

10:00 AM

2nd Friday of the month

Black-Identified Student Affinity Group

1:00 PM

November 4, 2022

Men in Social Work Student Affinity Group

Pedagogy & Diversity Workshops

Pedagogy & Diversity (P&D) workshops welcome all social work faculty and staff. The goals of P&D workshops are:

  • to provide a space where faculty and staff can have candid conversations about training, education and support related to teaching and facilitating critical conversations about diversity and social justice
  • to serve as a place where individuals can discuss how issues of diversity, intersectionality and oppression influence teaching, classroom environments, student interactions and the overall campus culture and climate.
  • to deepen the capacity of individuals to explore and develop their awareness and skill to manage critical conversations.

For more information, contact Dr. Julie Clockston via email at [email protected]

As of Fall 2022, we are offering the following P&D Spaces and Workshops:

  • 1619 Podcast Discussion Series with Dr. Tanya Greathouse – see below for more information!
  • P&D Faculty and Staff Process and Discussion Space with Dr. Kristen Atkinson and Dr. Julie Clockston, meets the 4th Monday of each month from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Email Dr. Atkinson at [email protected] to receive the calendar invite and Zoom link.
  • P&D White-Identified Faculty and Staff Space with Dr. Lori Darnel, meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month – more details on meeting times and Zoom link to follow.
  • P&D Affiliate Faculty Space with Professor Marina Pereira on select Tuesdays at 6 PM (twice in the fall semester, twice in the spring semester). See below for dates and email Professor Pereira at [email protected] to receive the Zoom link.
    • Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00 PM

LGBTQQIAAPP+ Social Work Interest Group

For faculty and staff

Hosted by NASW New York STate Chapter, open to members and non-members.

New NASW-NYS Special Interest Group: LGBTQQIAAPP+ Social Work! This group is intended to be a safe, brave, and supportive space for LGBTQQIAAPP+-identifying social workers and their allies. This will be a space for community advocacy, discussion of LGBTQQIAAPP+ social justice initiatives, and education opportunities for different subsets of the queer and trans and gender diverse/non-conforming community. NASW-NYS members and non-members are welcome. Visit https://lnkd.in/gZFSm8sF to register — we hope to see you there!” Thank you #NASWNYS for hosting.

#NASW #SocialWork #SocialWorkers #LGBT #LGBTQ #LGBTQQIAAP

1619 Podcast Discussion Series with Dr. Tanya Greathouse

This group must be registered for.

“1619” is a New York Times audio series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, that examines the long shadow of American slavery. This audio series examines how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.This group wil meet on select Tuesday from 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM beginning October 18 through December 6, 2022. If you have questions or need the registration link, please mail Dr. Greathouse at [email protected]. The podcast discussion schedule is:

  • Tuesday, October 18 – Episode 1: The Fight for a True Democracy
  • Tuesday, October 25 – Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built
  • Tuesday, November 1 – Episode 3: The Birth of American Music
  • Tuesday, November 15 – Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started
  • Tuesday, December 6 – Episodes 5 & 6: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1 & 2

University Groups & Resources

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion

B L A C X E R A presents HER X HUSTLE

In April of 2022, the MSU Denver social work department, with the full support of our Chair Dr. Jessica Retrum, our DEI Coordinator, Dr. Tanya Greathouse, and the DEI committee, had the pleasure of supporting and sponsoring B L A C X E R A.

B L A C X E R A is a student organization at the Metropolitan State University of Denver founded in 2020 by X.

The Purpose: This student organization saw a need to support Black students and the Black community at the height of the double pandemic as we simultaneously grappled with COVID and Black Lives Matter protests to dismantle oppression, racism, discrimination, and abuse of power and police brutality. B L A C X E R A exists at MSU Denver to foster a sense of community and collective support across ethnic intersectional differences for those who identify as Black, African, Afro-Latinx, Caribbean, and mixed-race Black identified students. Black folx are not a monolith, and B L A C X E R A strives to make sure Black identified students do not exist in a vacuum. Recently B L A C X E R A presented a pop-up shop on campus titled HER X HUSTLE celebrating Black women entrepreneurship which featured a panel with Black women entrepreneurs discussing business and women ownership. Please see the video to learn more about B L A C X E R A and incredible business entrepreneurship from the knowledgeable and talented panel. For more information, email [email protected]

We look forward to seeing more events in the future

Asé

MSU Denver DEI Committee

*Asé (pronounced Ah-Shay) is an African word from the Yoruba language, which originated in the country of Nigeria.

Contact the DEI Team

If you have any DEI related questions, concerns, curiosities, or if you are in need of a consultation please reach out or submit a contact form!

Social Work DEI Contact Form

Office Location:
Central Classroom Building, Suite 201

Email:
[email protected]

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362