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The Educator|Resource of the Month offers creative pedagogical approaches to diversity and justice education. The resources featured are developed by experts in the field and map onto the CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards competencies in diversity and social justice. Educators can use the materials for developing assignments or a variety of teaching activities.


Winter and Spring Recap 2020: Matters of Justice 

This month’s Educator|Resource features a recap of the previous five issues. This semiannual recap highlights matters of social justice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

Revisit ways social work can create more affirming classrooms, more equitable education, more culturally responsive practice, and more humane social institutions. Areas of focus include marginalization of sexual orientations and gender identities (with a focus on microaggressions and homelessness), racial and ethnic inequities in educational success, poor intervention outcomes among multicultural communities due to interventions that have not been culturally adapted, and solitary confinement of U.S. prisoners.

Explore teaching resources that inform social justice practices across the micro, mezzo, and macro levels:

  • Interpersonal level: guidance for addressing behaviors that undermine a person’s value based on marginalized social identities
  • Organizational and community level: needs assessment tools, equity-minded competence, and research-based culturally adapted interventions
  • Systems level: strategies for advocacy, legislative practice, and policy reform

May - June 2020


Shedding Light on Solitary Confinement (May) 
A resource database compiled by social workers organized to help end the use of solitary confinement and to raise consciousness about the need for criminal justice reform

Cultural Adaptation of Behavioral Interventions (April)
An annotated bibliography of adaptations ranging from basic language translation, to the involvement of community members in the provision of services, to more fundamental restructuring of methods of care 
A Blueprint to Reduce LGBTQ Youth Homelessness (March)
A project that identifies the needs of LGBTQ homeless youths and demonstrates ways that practitioners can create safe and affirming environments for this increasingly vulnerable group
Equity-minded Competence in Higher Education (February) 
Research-based strategies aimed at addressing the social and historical context of exclusionary practices that can be applied to faculty hiring, student success, and curriculum development
The NAME Steps: Addressing Anti-LGBTQIA2S+ Microaggressions (January)
Guidance for educators to encourage collective responsibility for addressing diversity in social work classrooms by naming and responding to microaggressions




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educator(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council on Social Work Education.

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International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in Social Work Settings

Dr. Patricia Welch Saleeby will review the ICF classification developed by the World Health Organization and describe its usefulness in social work education, practice, and research. The ICF framework reinforces a person-in-environment approach while the classification embraces the diversity of individuals and the impact of diverse environmental factors on individual functional status.

Look for it in July 2020

"It flipped my world upside down:" Supporting students through the COVID-19 crisis


We asked students to share their concerns as they left campus and moved online for the semester. In this brief we address students’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and what research shows about how young people process distress and what they need. Selected resources to inform responsive teaching are provided.