Webinar - Creating a Culture of Equity: School Social Workers, Advocacy, and Professional Ethics
March 16, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racial injustices such as xenophobic rhetoric and police violence have been particularly overwhelming for communities of color in the United States. This political, health, and economic context has made existing inequalities and injustices increasingly visible, particularly in school contexts where they are microcosms of larger society. School social work needs to be re-conceptualized to accommodate this reality, both in terms of how students and families connect with services and how school social work professionals navigate and broker access and advocate for and with minoritized communities. Professional social work organizations’ codes of ethics are analyzed, along with the school social work model to better understand how professional ethics serve as a foundation for this work. It is an ethical imperative that school social work practice advance culturally responsive, equitable, and anti-racism programs and interventions. School social work is an example of how this context could serve as an opportunity to revision our practice, learn from the past, and construct new approaches that provide a compassionate and ethical practice that advanced racial equity in the schools. This webinar is eligible for 1 CEU.