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2-QTPOC Social Work Impact Award

The Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity (CRECD) and the Council on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression (CSOGIE) are proud to announce the First Annual Two-Spirit, Queer, and Trans People of Color (2-QTPOC) Social Work Impact Award.
The 2-QTPOC Social Work Impact Award seeks to recognize and honor a midcareer or senior social work scholar who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the field of social work through teaching, mentorship, research, and service related to issues that affect 2-QTPOC communities. These issues include (but are not limited to) oppression, colonialism, and/or the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, spirituality/religion, class, age, (dis)ability, immigration, health status and/or well-being.

2019 Award Recipient

Mendoza_N-photo.jpgThis year's  2-QTPOC Social Work Impact Award recipient is Natasha Mendoza. Natasha Mendoza is an associate professor in the School of Social Work and director of the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at Arizona State University. She is co-chair of the LGBTQ Caucus of Social Work Faculty and Students and is an expert in the treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Mendoza's scholarship is built on the premise that intersecting identities (i.e., gender, ethnic, and sexual orientation), physical health, and wellness are indelibly linked to behavioral health. At ASU, Dr. Mendoza’s work related to the intersection of identities includes publications on the experience of Latinx social work faculty members and the racism, heterosexism, and discrimination experienced in queer communities. Her work as a researcher and educator explores how identity and wellness may support recovery from substance use disorders. While at ASU, Dr. Mendoza co-founded and advised InQUEERY (2013–2018), an interdisciplinary collaborative created to enhance the study of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression while providing mentorship and opportunities to graduate students. In her new role as a research center director at ASU, Dr. Mendoza will continue to seek opportunities to build on the empirical foundation of behavioral health practice in consideration of queer communities.

Award Requirements 

The nominee’s contributions could be

  • significant and outstanding peer-reviewed scholarship that enriches the knowledge-base of 2-QTPOC communities, their needs, and effective interventions;

  • an activity or program that fosters or sustains a positive and inclusive culture and climate for 2-QTPOC communities in social work education; and/or

  • mentorship of 2-QTPOC junior faculty members and/or students. 

Given that this award is designated to highlight an area of social work scholarship that has been historically and systematically marginalized, applicants who self-identify as LGBTQ+ persons of color or two-spirit persons are encouraged to apply. An application consists of the following:

  1. a nomination or self-nomination letter, which provides details about specific contributions of the nominee’s teaching/mentorship, research, and/or service in areas that affect 2-QTPOC communities;

  2. the nominee’s curriculum vitae; and

  3. at least one letter of support. 

Nominees must be midcareer or senior career social work scholars and CSWE members to be eligible for this award.
At least two members of CRECD and two members of CSOGIE will review the nominations and select the awardee. Biographical information and a photo of the awardee will appear on the CSWE website and may be included in the Annual Program Meeting (APM) Final Program, if space permits. The awardee will be expected to attend an award presentation during 2019 APM in Denver, Colorado, at either the CRECD or CSOGIE reception. This award includes a $500 honorarium.

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