Committee for Social Justice
Understand, Celebrate, and Embrace Diversity
The Committee for Social Justice is a group of faculty and student leaders who recognize the need to welcome and honor people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, while valuing intellectual curiosity and integrity.
Our Mission: To promote social justice and social change by engaging scholarship, teaching, and community service that seek to understand, celebrate, and embrace diversity.
Our Purpose: To provide leadership and direction to the School of Social Work as the school implements diversity initiatives in accordance with its Diversity Plan.
To learn more, please contact Marie Villescas Zamzow.
Dialogues Around Difference
During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Committee for Social Justice hosts the Dialogues Around Difference series for students, faculty, staff and the local community. Past topics have included:
- “The Paradox of the Black Athlete”
- “Unveiling Ethnic Identities in the Media”
- “Racial Microaggressions and Indigenous Peoples: Strategies Resisting Settler Colonialism in the Academy and in Our Classrooms”
- “Ethics of Supply Chains in the Global Economy”
- “(Re)Framing Perspectives of Immigrants and Refugees”
To learn more about upcoming Dialogues Around Difference events, please contact Marie Villescas Zamzow.
Elevate Mentoring Program
“Elevate” is a new grant-funded mentoring program for students of color, first generation students, and Pell Grant eligible students. Our goal is to promote retention and graduation for students at higher risk of not completing their education. During the 2019-20 academic year, five student mentors and 19 students participated. Three faculty members facilitate the program.
Addressing Latinx Health Disparities in the U.S.
On January 23, 2020, “Addressing Latinx Health Disparities in the U.S.” was presented in joint partnership between CSU’s School of Social Work and the National Hispanic and Latino chapter of the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC). The event drew nearly 200 in-person attendees and 500 online webcast viewers. (Story link at right.)
For reference, and especially for anyone who was unable to join us at the event, recordings of selected presentations from this event are available at the links below, thanks to support from SSW Director Audrey Shillington and Dean Youngblade. Please feel free to share these widely with anyone who may benefit.
- Addressing Latinx Health Disparities – Welcome & Keynote, “Immigration Detention: The Long-Term Harms to Children’s Well-Being,” presented by Luis H. Zayas, PhD, Dean and Professor, Steven Hicks School of Social Work, Professor of Psychiatry / Dell Medical School, The University of Texas Austin
- “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES): Suicide Prevention Approaches with Latinx Children and Youth,” presented by J. Rocky Romero, PhD, LMSW, Trainer and Consultant, National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine
- “Prevention of Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders in Latinx Communities,” presented by Haner Hernandez, PhD, CADAC II, LADC I, Trainer and Consultant, National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine
Dis-Equity in the U.S. / Brad Sheafor Lecture Series
On March 4, 2019, the School of Social Work took on the difficult subject matter of effectively addressing and resolving persistent health, social, economic, racial, and political inequalities in the U.S. through the Brad Sheafor Lecture in Social Work featuring Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler, Ph.D., MPH, ACSW, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.
Dr. Wheeleer’s presentation, “Dis-Equity in the U.S. Today: Going beyond our professional and personal comfort zones,” highlighted professional social work and trans-disciplinary contributions, challenges, and future directions that support and at times impede progress toward actualization of an “American Dream.”
For reference, and especially for anyone who was unable to join us at the event, recordings are available at the links below, thanks to support from Professor Emeritus Brad Sheafor and the Fornaro Family Fund. Please feel free to share these widely with anyone who may benefit.
- Brad Sheafor Lecture 2019 – “Dis-Equity in the U.S. Today: Going beyond our personal and professional comfort zones, presented by Darrell P. Wheeler, Ph.D., MPH, ACSW, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Iona College.
- Dialogues Around Difference – March 2019 presentation to students, also by Dr. Wheeler: “Researching health outcomes within LGBTQ communities”