MSU Denver

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.

Tanya Greathouse, LCSW, Ph.D.

Tanya Greathouse, LCSW, Ph.D.

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

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Bianca Brandon

Bianca Brandon, LCSW

MSW and BIPOC Student Support Liaison

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Julie Clockston, DSW, LCSW, Cert Ed

Julie Clockston, DSW, LCSW, Cert Ed

BSSW and BIPOC Student Support Liaison

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Lori Darnel, JD, MSW

Lori Darnel, JD, MSW

Curriculum and More Liaison

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Olivia Hunte, MSW

Olivia Hunte, MSW

BSSW, BIPOC and LBGTQ+ Student Support Liaison

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Upcoming DEI Trainings

9:00 AM

Tuesday, February 15

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Workshop

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Workshop Description

Full time faculty and staff, please join us for the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Workshop on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 9:00 am.

The legacy of racism, demonstrated by historical events and the current social and political climate of the United States, lets us know that it is not enough to be “not racist;” instead, we must commit to an anti-racist paradigm (Kendi, 2019). However, within the higher education setting, what exactly does it mean to be anti-racist? In other words, how can faculty and staff show their commitment to anti-racist actions as educators beyond dialoguing about it? In this three-hour virtual workshop,  faculty and staff will be presented with tools, techniques, and the teaching principles that undergird anti-racist pedagogy and course design tailored specifically to the Social Work field. The facilitators developed this workshop to address three interconnected parts of enacting anti-racist pedagogy: self-awareness and critical reflection, pedagogical and curriculum design, and anti-racist allyship. We will spend most of the workshop on the second part, pedagogical and curriculum design, to ensure participants leave the workshop with tangible, concrete steps to use in their online or in-person courses. Participants will also receive a packet that includes a curated list of resources, strategies, example anti-racist pedagogical practices, self-reflection tools, and key concepts.

DEI Offerings

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Drop In Hours

Drop-in Office Hours are designated spaces to provide faculty, staff, and other members of the department opportunities to access consultations, feedback, guidance pertaining to all things DEI.

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Affinity Spaces

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

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Faculty and Staff 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

Drop In Hours - Email for Links

10:00 AM

Third Monday of the month

Drop In Hours - Contact Tanya Greathouse

2:00 PM

Second Tuesday of the month

Drop In Hours - Contact Lori Darnel

10:00 AM

Third Thursday of the month

Drop In Hours - Contact Tanya Greathouse

Affinity Spaces

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

For meeting information on the BIPOC Student Meeting, contact Bianca Brandon at [email protected]

For meeting information on the BIPOC Faculty and Staff Meeting, contact Julie Clockston at [email protected]

For meeting information on the White Identified Faculty and Staff Meeting, contact Lori Darnel at [email protected]

BIPOC Student Affinity Spaces

10:00 AM

Second Friday of the month

Contact Bianca Brandon

6:00 PM

Third Thursday of the month

Contact Bianca Brandon

10:00 AM

Third Saturday of the month

Contact Dr. Julie Clockston

Faculty and Staff Affinity Spaces

10:00 AM

Third Tuesday of the Month

BIPOC Faculty and Staff Meeting - Contact Julie Clockston

2:00 PM

Third Tuesday of the Month

White Identified Faculty and Staff Meeting - Contact Lori Darnel

Faculty & Staff Workshops

Pedagogy & Diversity (P&D) is a workshop that welcomes all social work faculty and staff. The goals of P and D 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 meeting information, contact Kristen Atkinson via email at [email protected].

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops

2:00 PM

January 26, 2022

Safety vs. Discomfort

2:00 PM

February 23, 2022

Facilitating Critical Conversations

2:00 PM

March 23, 2022

Neurodivergence in the Classroom

2:00 PM

April 27, 2022

Creating/Maintaining Identity Affirming Spaces

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 to a member of our team.

Contact Form - Coming Soon!

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