Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change

White Supremacy in Social Work - Charla Cannon Yearwood, LSW and Laura Hoge, LCSW

March 2, 2020

Episode 27

Guests: Charla Cannon Yearwood, LSW and Laura Hoge, LCSW

Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW

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In this episode, I talk with Charla Cannon Yearwood and Laura Hoge, two members of SWCAREs – Social Work Coalition for Anti-Racist Educators. Charla is a clinical assistant professor of field at Indiana University School of Social Work. Laura is a psychotherapist, community organizer, activist, and has been an adjunct professor at multiple universities. Charla and Laura talk about SWCAREs’ mission to dismantle white supremacy in social work education and why this mission is needed. They explain what they mean by white supremacy in social work and provide historical and current examples ranging from leaving out Black and other social work leaders of color from history, to practices that do more harm than good to communities of color, to how boundaries and other ethics often seem to be designed by white social workers for white social workers. There is so much covered in this episode and it is just the start of these explicit conversations on the podcast. I hope this conversation inspires you to action.

Twitter: @swcares2 @CharlaYearwood @LauraHoge

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