Teaching About Current Issues

Black History Month:
Take a virtual tour of Frederick Douglass's Home

To celebrate Black History Month, take a virtual tour of Frederick Douglass's home. Discover his life and legacy and how he continues to inspire a commitment to social justice. Visit the education reesources page and find lesson plans, exhibit panels, suggested reading lists and more.  

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Rethinking Practice With Multicultural Communities: 
Research-Based Applications

Our next resource addresses new ways of approaching multicutural social work. It offers tangible, research-based approaches to engaging with racial and ethnic communities and critically assesses barriers and challenges posed by current models of social work practice. The research is drawn from a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic & Cutlural Diversity in Social Work. 

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February 28 


The work of the CSWE Center for Diversity is made possible through the support of the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.  

The Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice is a resource to prepare social workers with the knowledge and skills to engage in effective practice with diverse populations and to help transform social systems in pursuit of more humane and equitable conditions. 

Results of Annual Survey Special Topic on Diversity and Justice

The Diversity Center is pleased to release the special topic infographic report of the 2017 CSWE Annual Survey of Social Work Programs, Priorities of Social Work Educators Regarding Diversity and Justice. See what social work educators are saying about how to prepare students to engage in diversity and justice practice.


Podcasts of Interviews With Frontline Workers Who Are Changing Communities

This month’s Educator|Resource focuses on how to use the podcast Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change to teach about diversity and social and economic justice. The podcast features interviews with social workers and those in related fields, educators, and activists about their work and personal stories of how they got into this work. Some of topics that are highlighted include advocacy, community organizing, community violence, community-based research, race, immigration, incarceration, reproductive justice, substance use, mental health, disability, trauma, and self-care.

Teaching Resources

Overview and Links to Podcast

Class Discussion, Writing Assignments,
& General Questions

Table of Episodes by Topic

Episode Specific Questions



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About the Educators: Shimon Cohen, LCSW

Shimon-Cohen-updated-headshot-(2).jpgShimon Cohen, LCSW, is a clinical instructor and the bachelor of science in social work field educator coordinator at Florida International University School of Social Work. He draws on more than 15 years of experience working with diverse populations in community-based agencies, public schools, and hospital-based psychiatric outpatient clinics. Mr. Cohen earned his MSSW at Columbia University School of Social Work. Mr. Cohen thanks Natalia Giordano and Victoria Gray for their feedback and support with the podcast and this teaching resource. 

Educator Q&A

How does the podcast help students learn about diversity and social and economic justice?
The people interviewed on the podcast are on the frontlines of social change in their communities. Each episode discusses the very real challenges of working for social change on multiple levels. The populations and topics are diverse, so listeners are exposed to real life strategies of how to work on micro, mezzo, and macro levels with diverse populations who are marginalized and oppressed. Read full Q&A.

The views expressed in the Educator|Resource Q&A are those of the educator [or educators] and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council on Social Work Education.

Interested in contributing to the Educator | Resource of the Month? Please e-mail a short proposal to Dr. Yolanda Padilla, CSWE Diversity Center Director, at ypadilla@cswe.org.