January 27 and February 3, 2023
The 2023 theme for the Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference is Centering Disability Justice. Our January 27 opening keynote will be a discussion between Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, author of The Future is Disabled, and Dr. Sami Schalk, author of Black Disability Politics. On February 3, Imani Barbarin, the creator of Crutches and Spice, will close our conference. On both days, breakout sessions will take on issues of disability and racial justice to provide tools, frameworks, and inspiration to change social work practice. The conference is intended to support social workers by challenging and changing our approaches and by rooting our action in radical conceptions of justice. Through our learning together, we hope that this conference will challenge and inspire us all to change our work, our organizations, and our society.
2023 breakout sessions will include local and national issues on a range of topics including: disability pride work, BIPOC family leadership in disability justice work, disability justice in institutional spaces, decolonizing non-profits, key federal disability and racial justice policy proposals, disability and the right to vote, and many others.
The conference is free to attend. As in the past, we will offer CEUs/CEHs. For keynote sessions, there will be American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and captioning/CART services. There will also be captioning/CART services for all breakout sessions.
The conference website will be updated with details on breakout sessions as they come in. Recordings of conference sessions from 2021 and 2022 are available on the conference website and on YouTube.