Schedule and Presentations

Welcome and Introduction: 11:45AM-12PM

Opening Speaker: 12PM-1:30PM

Photo of Patrisse CullorsPatrisse Cullors

Social Activist, Best-selling Author of When They Call You A Terrorist & Co-Creator of the Viral Twitter Hashtag and Movement, #BlackLivesMatter

Moderated by MSW Student Bethany Matson.

Presentations: 1:45-3:15PM

Healing from Within: Providing Survivor Led, Advocacy Driven, and Culturally Specific Care to American Indian Women Survivors of Violence

Dr. Jeneile Luebke
One in three American Indian and Alaska Native women will experience violence in their lifetimes, according to the Department of Justice. Yet, they often don’t seek medical care or support due to the distrust of medical or social service professionals, and the lack of available culturally safe care. In this workshop, we will review the root causes of violence, the impacts of violence on the health and wellbeing of American Indian women, as well as discuss the importance of an interdisciplinary approach in order to create safe spaces for providing survivor led, advocacy driven, and culturally specific care to survivors of violence.

Centering Justice and Lived Experience as an Anti-Racist Framework: The Role of Certified Peer Specialists in Behavioral Health Reform

Dani Rischall; Carmella Glenn; Tim Saubers; Tara Wilhelmi; Alysha Clark
We all have a role to play in advancing justice and elevating the voice of lived experience. This workshop will provide you with information on the role of Certified Peer Specialists* within our community and speak to how Certified Peer Specialists can play a role in promoting anti-racists frameworks. This session will bring together a panel of Certified Peer Specialists and stakeholders to explore how our system’s current relationship with lived experience and justice, and identify ways to amplify this movement. A Certified Peer Specialist is a professional who utilizes their personal lived experience with mental health and substance use to provide support to others and demonstrate recovery is possible.

Exclusion by Design: The History of Anti-Black Racism in the Child Welfare System

Dr. Sherri Simmons-Horton
This workshop will walk through the history of anti-Black racism in the child welfare and juvenile justice system, identifying the parallels of racial barriers in policy and practice; past and present. The workshop will end with emerging radical strategies to address and dismantle racist policies present in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Preventing Further Harm: Addressing Violence Without Police

Monique Minkens; Kathy Flores
Participants will learn about the limited options for domestic and sexual violence survivors particularly those who are Black, Indigenous, POC and/or LGBTQ. We will examine the harm caused by the criminal justice system. Finally, we will learn about what community care and accountability looks like as we seek to serve all survivors in the safest ways possible.

The Role of Social Workers in Immigration Legal Services Organizations: Advocating with and for Immigrant Survivors of Gender-Based Violence through an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Rená E. Cutlip-Mason; Adriana López; Kursten Phelps
The systems immigrant survivors of gender-based violence navigate to reach safety and justice in the US are more complex than ever. Immigrant courts and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the US legal system, medical and mental health systems, housing, and employment all present unique barriers to immigrant survivors that often weave another web of injustice and revictimization. With the US history of anti-immigrant and anti-Black permeating our institutions and continuing to this day to create a climate of fear for immigrant survivors, meaningful advocacy calls for lawyers and social workers to work within interdisciplinary teams to advance survivor centered practices. This workshop will provide a framework for implementing an interdisciplinary legal and social work service model that ensures agencies are successfully building bridges to safety and justice for immigrant survivors.

At the Tahirih Justice Center we have incorporated an interdisciplinary model to our immigration work. Tahirih has always believed that legal intervention and advocacy for survivors of gender-based violence is most effective when survivors can fully assess their situation from a legal and social perspective and are provided the legal, emotional, and social support to make choices and to carry through on decisions they make during the legal advocacy process. Previously, Tahirih’s legal and social services operated as a multidisciplinary team – two separate, fully independent departments that required firewalls and informed client consent to exchange information among departments. While cross-collaboration among teams was always strong, the need to provide increased support to clients in the wake of policy changes served as a catalyst to reevaluate that model.

In this session participants will learn:

  1. When legal advocacy teams take a holistic, interdisciplinary approach, survivors are better supported in pursuing what justice means to them. In this session, participants will learn about the barriers to justice immigrant survivors face and practical strategies for moving toward an interdisciplinary, survivor-centered approach within their agency or in collaboration with partner organizations.
  2. In today’s climate of fear, meaningful advocacy calls upon lawyers and non-lawyer advocates to work together as a survivor-centered team. This workshop explores best practices for holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to support survivors in building bridges to safety and justice.

Welcome and Introduction:11:45AM-12PM

Presentations: 12PM-1:30PM

Abolitionist Restorative Justice: Identity Power and Social Transformation

Dr. Damita Brown
This workshop will explore the relationship between identity, power and social justice. We will learn contemplative and interactive practices that expand self-awareness and capacity to interrupt and repair the damage of racism. Participants will gain insights into the relationship between social identity, privilege and learn to use transformative practices to build community, open supportive dialogue and encourage healing.

Anti-Racist Organizational Change: Embracing the Promise and Peril

Jacquie Boggess, Michele Mackey, Stephanie Muñoz (moderator)
After a year of entwined crises – health, economic, social, democratic – fueled by our nation’s failure to address systemic racism, Jacquie and Michele will share insights from driving an internal and external anti-racist agenda. Through a moderated conversation, they will share the importance of naming, healing, dismantling, and rebuilding from systemic racism.  They will also invite participants to share insights and strategies for moving white normative organizations towards anti-racism.

Supporting Healthy Families: Black Communication 

Jalateefa Joe-Meyers, Wanda Smith
Our workshop helps providers confront racist presumptions by addressing cultural influences that impact care and will help providers work towards more anti-racist approaches by increasing their understanding and intersectional linguistic skills.

Are African American Men Deserving of the America Dream? 

Dr. David J. Page, Jr.
This workshop will examine current domestic policies and the gendered deservingness of these policies in the United States.

Understanding the Impact of Racism and White Supremacy on the US Immigration System in order to Better Serve People that are Undocumented and DACAmented

Erin M. Barbato; Erika Rosales
This session will focus on DACA and other immigration issues that affect undocumented immigrants as forms of racial injustices. The session will connect colonization as a historical component that has played a significant role in migration and immigration as historical components of the systems of oppression. Migration and immigration factors and policies have revolved around these systems of oppression which continue to create racial injustices for undocumented immigrants including the lack of access to basic human rights and resources, such as education, freedom, and stability. As advocates, social workers have the power to provide understanding, support, and advocacy to undocumented immigrants. This session aims to offer social workers a greater sense of understanding of the racism embedded in our immigration laws and policies and offer tools for advocacy for DACAmented and undocumented immigrants.

Closing Panel:1:45-3:15PM

Reimagining a Black Feminist Social Work

Sakara Wages, Jacquelyn Boggess, Damita Brown