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CORSW Community Impact Award 

The Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education (CORSW) Community Impact Award recognizes community praxis, which is shaped through the process of social work education and which exemplifies the values of feminist leadership models in social work education, using the following criteria:

  • The recipient (or organization) should have an affiliation with one or more accredited social work education programs (i.e., community engaged research partnership, field education placements, or other service learning opportunities).

  • The recipient engages in feminist praxis and leadership in a community setting, drawing upon theories, models, competencies, and practice behaviors from their social work education.

The recipient is able to clearly articulate the ways in which their approach to practice, program, and/or policy reform shapes an awareness of how social work education is lived out in the “real world” of the community, contributing to feminist leadership and social work’s grand challenges. 
 

2019 Award Recipient

The Black Mamas Community Collective (BMCC) has been selected as the 2019 CORSW Community Impact Award recipient. This local movement in Texas, seeks to improve maternal health outcomes by eradicating systemic racism and creating a community of support for Black mothers. The BMCC Leadership Team* guides the work of the collective as a feminist leadership model led by consensus that seek to transform maternal health outcomes. Black women have identified institutional racism as the biggest determinate of negative outcomes for Black mothers as the scholarship suggests race is a driving factor of outcomes. Out of the impetus to improve the outcomes of Black mothers, a movement was born, and the paradigm has begun to shift. The values of a feminist leadrship model in social work education underpin the efforts of the Collective. As described by Barton (2006), "the elements of feminist leadership construction include a focus on individual micro and/or societal level social justice concerns, a desire to bring marginalized voices to the center of the conversation, and a willingness to take risks as one strives to enact societal transformation." 

*BMCC Leadership Team:

Sharita Ambrose Rosana Barrett Lakia Batiste
Crystal Berry-Robets Kelene Blake-Fallon Meta Brown
Coretha Clark Stephanie Dodoo, LCSW Deborah Duncan, MSSW, LMSW
Jennifer Dungey Aprhica Farrow Robin Harris
Joyce James Marsha Jones Zana Muscove
Tyan Parker-Dominguez, PhD Angela Pie Jaymie Rivera-Clemente
Deneen Robinson Shuronda Robinson La'Toya Swan
Cynthia Washington Nakeenya Wilson