12-1:30pm     Opening Plenary

Healing and Hope in a Racialized Society with Rwenshaun Miller.

2-3:30pm      Breakout Presentations

Advocacy for the Undocumented Immigrants: What works, and what needs more work by more people

Cristhabel Martinez; Fabiola Hamdan; Teresa Tellez-Giron
This presentation will address the obstacles and challenges that are faced by the Latinx community, focusing on Undocumented Immigrants. This panel discussion will highlight the methods local pioneers and advocates have utilized in Dane County over the years to create change in advocacy and to provide services for the undocumented community. The panel will also address the impact of ICE raids on children and families. As well as the consequences of deportation.

Reclaiming Indigenous Kinship and Resisting Ongoing Colonialism in the Child Welfare System

Cary Waubanascum; Selena Garza
After this session, participants will be able to define ongoing colonialism as a problem in child welfare, examine the experiences of Indigenous relative caregivers with the child welfare system, describe how Indigenous relative caregivers are reclaiming and living their traditional kinship and protecting Indigenous children from ongoing colonialism. This session will conclude with a discussion of ideas and desires for a decolonial form of child welfare.

We Save Us: improving health outcomes through community-based care

Adrian Jones; Jessi Kendall; Tia Murray
This panel will highlight how health outcomes can be improved through community-based care, innovative programs that center and collaborate with BIPOC communities to empower people to have control over their health, the work being done to advocate for and implement community-based health care programs, and how to keep hope alive in the face of adversity.

Historical Trauma: Understanding it’s impacts, how to heal and how to move forward

Slides from this presentation

Niquanna Barnett
The purpose of this workshop is to provide education in regard to historical trauma and the impact that it has on African Americans, Native Americans, and other ethnic communities. For the audience to gain a better understanding of how past events have shaped the culture and DNA of different ethnicities and how it shapes and plays a role in regard to intergenerational trauma. This workshop will help people to work together to combat the effects of racism, prejudices, microaggressions and misogyny. This workshop will also serve as a call to action for us to continue to be a diverse organization, society and institution and work on combating these issues. I would like to discuss how we as a society can better understand historical trauma, work with cultures that suffer from it and how to hopefully break the cycle of it continuing. It is important for anyone working with minorities and other ethnic groups to have cultural competency, and knowledge of historical trauma is a significant part of that. Understanding historical trauma and microaggressions can also help with understanding the different cycle of emotions many African Americans are experiencing in conjunction with current societal events.

How to Maintain Hope in a Racialized Society as a School Social Worker

Damaris Drohin de Arrieta; Ronnie Rivera; Jerome Flowers; Jackie Thao
We continue our focus on racial injustice and our role as social workers from our past conferences with this year’s two-day online conference. Hope will be placed as a radical discipline at the core of social work and social justice practice. Sessions will support social workers as they move into anti-racist action with meaningful tangible practices rooted in the assets and strengths of BIPOC communities. Through this, we will take on the challenge of changing ourselves, our organizations, and this society.

Generative Ideation with 3 Dope Black Women

Dr. Damita Brown, Sakara Wages, Dominique Christian
Facilitated by Dominique Christian, Sakara and Dr. Brown meet again to ideate on collective care to generate ways in which we can all support each other.

12-1:30pm     Breakout Presentations

Black Leaders Organizing for Communities

Angela Lang
Some forms of organizing revolve around quick wins, and are transactional. Transactional organizing doesn’t actually build power or community. Here we will learn of some transformative ways to show up in organizing spaces.

“What we cannot imagine cannot come into being”: Reflecting on a Continuing Process of Anti-Racist Organizational Change

Michele Mackey; Stephanie Munoz; Adam L. Jackson; Amanda Martinez
bell hooks said, “what we cannot imagine cannot come into being.” This panel reflects on the necessity of imagination and vision in the continuing process of anti-racist organizational change. In the context of continuing crises – health, economic, social, democratic – fueled by our nation’s failure to address systemic racism, Michele and Stephanie will share insights from their work driving an internal and external anti-racist agenda at a statewide advocacy organization. Through a dialogue, they will share the importance of naming, healing, dismantling, imagining, and rebuilding from systemic racism and talk about progress and perils in the work. They will also invite participants to share insights and strategies for moving white normative organizations towards anti-racism.

Messaging for Change: The Power of Political Social Work

Dr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr.; Dr. Darcey Merritt; Justin Hodge
Creating an equitable and fair multiracial society has been an ongoing challenge, particularly in the wake of the Trump presidency. This is a challenge that social workers must focus on and help to bring into fruition.

Unmasking The Hidden Crises of Missing, Murdered and Indigenous Women & Girls

Lynette Grey Bull

Unmasking The Hidden Crises of Missing, Murdered and Indigenous Women & Girls is designed is to give participants in in-depth look into tribal communities. Overview on statistics on Native American and Alaskan Natives communities, Violence Against Native American Women, and MMIW.

Tribal Child Welfare Practices

Nick Van Zile; Esie Leoso-Corbine, Tibissum Rice, Rebecca Benton; Abby Dall
Innovations in Tribal Child Welfare practices focusing on Culture is Prevention.

Tired Of Dancing To Their Song: An Assessment of the Indigenous Women’s Reproductive Justice Funding Landscape

Tired Of Dancing To Their Song: An Assessment of the Indigenous Women’s Reproductive Justice Funding Landscape 

Zachary Packineau; Coya White Hat-Artichoker
In early 2021, the Ms. Foundation and the Collaborative for Gender and Reproductive Equity first convened Indigenous women leaders to identify vital funding needs for Indigenous women, and what emerged was the lack of quality health care and that the limits placed on Native women’s reproductive choices are directly tied to colonization. Instead of being relegated to a secondary issue, Indigenous women’s reproductive justice must be put front and center and made part of a fully inclusive conversation. This assessment, which is a continuation of that work and informed by an Indigenous Women’s Council, shows how funders’ priorities are not aligned with the needs of the very people who are most lacking reproductive justice.

Transformative Justice in Stressed Schools

Savion Castro, Lorrie Hurckes- Dwyer, Dr. Damita Brown, and Alexis Gardner
This panel will discuss how transformative justice can be used in schools as a way to promote school safety and to counter the narrative around School Resource Officers (SROs). Panelists will highlight the work being done to advocate for and implement policies that are rooted in a transformative justice framework, the impact these policies have on BIPOC students, and tangible steps school social workers can take to counter the narrative around SROs. Through this, social workers will learn about the complexity and hope that transformative justice brings to school settings.

2-3:30pm      Closing Plenary

Keeping Radical Hope Alive with Ali Muldrow and Oceana Sawyer

Resources for Radical Hope