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SSW to Host Workshops on Anti-Racist Teaching
August 6, 2020

To further our commitment to racial justice, Rutgers School of Social Work will host a series of events on anti-racist teaching early this fall. Part of a larger training initiative for all SSW faculty, part-time lecturers, and teaching staff, these workshops will discuss Anti-Racist Teaching Across the Curriculum on Tuesday, August 25, and a two-part discussion on Tuesday, September, 8 covering part I: Managing Microaggression and Implicit Bias in the Classroom and part II: A Solution-Focused Approach to Managing Challenging Classroom Discussions.

"The theme of the 2020-2021 RUSSW teaching development series of workshops is  'Pursuing Truth and Justice: Keeping the Conversation Alive.'  The August 25th and September 8th events will reinforce social work values and address pedagogical challenges heightened by recent national events," said Samuel C. Jones, Assistant Dean of PTL Development and Associate Professor of Teaching. "To that end, the workshops will provide tools for facilitating rigorous, robust, and productive exchanges among learners in the classroom environment."

Jones will lead the first event, Anti-Racist Teaching Across the Curriculum, featuring SSW faculty members Antointette Y. Farmer, Professor and incoming Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Associate Professor; Edward Alessi, Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Scholar of LGBTQ Mental Health, Trauma, and Resilience; and DuWayne Battle, Associate Professor of Teaching, Director of the Baccalaureate Program, and Coordinator of the Camden Program. This event will look to provide action steps and further incorporate anti-racist measures in the SSW's curriculum.

The second session will be presented in two parts. Part I, Managing Microaggression and Implicit Bias in the Classroom, will feature Willard W.C. Ashley, Sr., DMIN, NCPSYA, SCP. Ashley serves as Professor Emeritus of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, psychoanalyst, and racial justice advocate. Ashley also works as senior pastor of the Abundant Joy Community Church in Jersey City, NJ and has appeared on media outlets including Black Entertainment Television (BET) and New York City radio.

Part II of the September 8 workshop will be co-presented by Assistant Dean Jones and Alison Grant, MSW, LCSW and part-time lecturer at the SSW. Jones and Grant will present A Solution-Focused Approach to Managing Challenging Classroom Discussions to equip faculty and teaching steps. 

For SSW faculty, part-time lecturers, and teaching staff interested in attending these workshops, please register here: Anti-Racist Teaching Across the Curriculum, Tuesday, August 25; Managing Microaggression and Implicit Bias in the Classroom and A Solution-Focused Approach to Managing Challenging Classroom Discussions, Tuesday, September 8.

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