Fri, Oct 14|
History of Critical Race Theory and Implementing Anti-Racist Practices 10.14.2022
Time & Location
Oct 14, 2022, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
About the Event
The focus of this six-hour workshop is to gain information on Critical Race Theory and its application in Social Work as well as the communities we work in. We will focus in on early pioneers, their work, and emphasis, including basic tenets. Given the systemic nature of racism, and the importance of acting locally, the second half of the day will center on addressing community specific strategies.
First half workshop Objectives:
1. Participants will learn about the beginnings of critical race theory as well as learn about contributors to this theory over time.
2. Participants will gain information about the five basic tenants of critical race theory.
3. Participants will gain information and begin to view applications of critical race theory in everyday life.
Second half workshop Objectives:
1. after participants averted by everyday applications, they will determine how and where these applications sharpen their respective communities.
2. Participants will begin identifying strategies to dismantle structural and institutional impacts of systemic racism.
3. If time permits, participants will be able to identify strategic individuals in their respective communities who can offer support in implementing potential strategies.
Since early last year there been multiple assaults on the theme of “critical race theory,” without really having a basic understanding of the theories Genesis and its tenants. In fact, what people describe as critical race theory is far from the actual foundation and premises for the theory. The beginnings of critical race theory had its genesis at the Harvard Law school, where a number of students began to set a framework for understanding how structural racism has permeated multiple ways of thinking and engaging with primarily black communities, and then expanding to other communities of color in this country. This workshop will endeavor to dismantle myths about the theory, provide historical references and hear from individuals who actually wrote about the topic. From that foundation we can begin to examine ways that the critical race theory events can inform our work.
About the Presenter:
Stephen T Wilson MSW PhD (he/him), is a clinical social worker in private practice. He is also an instructor at the University of Washington School of Social Work with an almost twenty-five year tenure in that capacity. His work at the University Washington focuses on multiple social identities and social justice, as well as clinical social work practice. Dr. Wilson received a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University, an MSW from the University of Washington school of social work, and a PhD in clinical social work from Smith College school for social work. All told his professional work spans over 40 years.