Hosted by @UBSSW – Pat Shelly, University at Buffalo School of Social Work
In this twitter chat, we will discuss implicit bias in the social work profession. What follows are some introductory thoughts. A compilation of remarks from the chat will be posted here after June 25th.
The terrorist hate crime and murders at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17th was allegedly committed by a young white man who espoused racist, white supremist reasons as justification for his actions. He held overtly prejudiced beliefs, and acted with deliberate intention. Is racial prejudice evidence of an abnormal psychology? Was the suspect in the Charleston shootings mentally ill or a sociopath? Or is he a thug?
One explanation for the basis for killings of African Americans in the U.S., particularly by law enforcement, has become more prominent in…
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Thank you for participating on the #MacroSW chat 6/11/2015 on” Financial Social Work as an Emergent Macro Practice Discipline”. #Macrochat collaborator Sunya Folayan interviewed her friend and mentor, Reeta Wolfsohn, the founder of the Financial Social Work discipline. The discussion was timely and informative.
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The next #MacroSW Twitter chat will take place 6/25/2015. Chat collaborator Pat Shelley will host a discussion on IMPLICIT BIAS.
Join me tonight at 9 pm EST as I join the #MacroSW Twitterchat team to discuss an important practice and policy issue. We will discuss our reactions to the film “Inequality For All” and the implications for social work and human services. You will find information regarding the film and about #MacroSW below:
Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis.
The University of Southern California School of Social Work (@MSWatUSC) hosts the #MacroSW Twitter chat in partnership with a number of esteemed community practice organizations and individual macro social workers. The chats are held bimonthly on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST).
Our collaborators include:
- University at Buffalo School of Social Work (@ubssw)
- Karen Zgoda, Instructor at Bridgewater State University (@karenzgoda)
- Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (@acosaorg)
- The Network for Social Work Management (@TheNSWM)
- Sunya Folayan, MSW, ACSW, founder/executive director, The Empowerment Project, Inc. (@SunyaFolayan)
We look forward to tweeting with you there.
Thoughts on that elusive mix: Work-Life-Creative Balance.
We hear a lot in today’s world about work-life balance. Often we hear it from employers who tell us what a high management priority it is and then hire supervisors who daily act in ways counter to that philosophy. But we should never rely on others to provide us balance in life; it is incumbent upon ourselves to establish that balance. That is even more true for creatives, who must find a work-life-creative life balance.
My Portland, Oregon, interview subject in Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road, Erin Ergenbright, shared her struggle with balancing her work as a creative writing instructor, her obligations to friends and social causes, and her creative writing.
Every artist I interviewed on the cross-country road trip described in Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road struggled with finding a work-life-creative life balance. This was even true for those “living the dream,” who supported…
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I find a certain comfort in cloth. I think of the pride my mother took in ironing the brand spanking new Dan River cotton blend dresses that I wore in elementary school; the signature designer pieces she would magically create for me to wear throughout junior and senior high school…the handmade blanket my (Great) Aunt Ethel gave me when I started college.I think of the beauty of the Ashoke cloth with its magical metallic threads- my first investment cloth purchased from Nigeria; …and the handmade silk scarves and the indigo and walnut natural- dyed meditation pieces I have made. The *images, textures and feelings have helped to ground and define me, so its no surprise that texture, color, and pattern have found their way into my work.
This space is for conversation- the ones I have with myself and those I engage in with others to discuss the complexities of our lives…as women, women of color, artists, practitioners/students of life and as observers of the human experience. Cloth for me is a metaphor for comfort, complexity, the weaving together of ideas, and the unraveling that life inevitably brings to all.
*Hand-dyed and hand painted silk; Detail of untitled work. 2014 Sunya Folayan