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The Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity (CRECD) established this award to recognize doctoral students and junior faculty members with outstanding scholarship in the areas of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in social work education. An award will be given to a doctoral student and a junior faculty member.

2019 Junior Faculty Award Recipient

Elliott-Groves_E-photo.jpegDr. Emma Elliott-Groves is an assistant professor at the University of Washington. She holds a PhD in educational psychology and an MSW in children, youths, and families. Much of her research centers on understanding the meanings and explanations of suicidal behavior from the perspective of indigenous peoples. Her work grows from ethical frameworks generated by indigenous and place-based knowledge and practices to create process-centered approaches that illuminate indigenous pathways toward collective livelihood. By employing a strengths-based approach to recovery, Dr. Elliott-Groves rigorously engages youths, families, and communities in the development of integrated behavioral health interventions to address complex social issues. As an enrolled member of the Cowichan Tribes who was born and raised in the community Dr. Elliott-Groves is partnering with her home community to design programming to strengthen its physical, mental, intellectual, and cultural health. The interdisciplinary intersections of her research include contemporary indigenous issues; cultural learning and human development; and trauma, prevention, and recovery.

2019 Doctoral Student Award Recipient

Adams_R-photo.jpgRaymond Adams is a PhD student at Jackson State University, a historically Black university in Jackson, MS. Mr. Adams has served as a tenure-track social work professor at Southern Arkansas University since fall 2014 in the BSW program. He was the inaugural West Chester University Frederick Douglass Institute Summer Scholar in the Graduate Social Work Department, where he taught a 5-week accelerated MSW level course, Mental Health: A Recovery Approach. Mr. Adams hopes to continue his career at Southern Arkansas University after defending his doctoral dissertation and will explore best practices and interventions for older African-American prostate cancer survivors.

The CRECD Awards will be given during the CRECD Reception at the 2019 APM in Denver, CO.