DEI Programs and Initiatives

1. Restorative Practices

  • Restorative Practices in Action (RPA) Pilot Initiative.
  • Phase 1 focused on increasing awareness, took place in Fall 2020. Please visit our website in the upcoming months for additional information about phase 2.

2. Affinity Groups and Spaces

These social work affinity spaces provide an opportunity for people to connect with others who share aspects of their identity. The spaces are meant to be a hybrid of “doing” and “being”. By focusing on “being” together, the goal is to prompt reflection rather than structuring it to respond to all of the needs of the School of Social Work. We hope these spaces can foster connection, cultivate a sense of community, and ensure that members of the SSW community experience a belonging. Spaces are opened to all members of the SSW community and will be facilitated by social work faculty and staff. Come as you are, when you can. No registration required.

Current Affinity Spaces


A Space People of Color (SPOC)
This space aims to create a supportive community of learning, advocacy and radical self-care for people of color.

White Accountability Space
This space is geared toward white people who want to take an anti-racist stance in learning about race and who are willing to face their discomfort, uncertainty, or anger in the process.

A Space for People Interested in Disability Advocacy and Justice
This space is aimed at creating a supportive community of support and advocacy for four SSW community members with disabilities where they can share their experiences and build community with each other. 

 

These spaces are just the beginning, we and recognize that may be a need for additional spaces. If you are interested in working with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to create additional affinity spaces, please contact the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at contact us here

3. Annual Anti-Racism Teach-In

Our anti-racism teach-in is held every Fall. For centuries, teach-ins have transformed social work schools and colleges into fora in which students, faculty, staff, and community members take collective responsibility on matters of community, national, and global importance. SSW’s anti-racism teach-ins are an active space for the deconstruction and unlearning of thoughts, actions, beliefs/ideologies, emotions, and values rooted in institutional and structural oppression.

Fall 2020’s anti-racism teach-in was held on October 7thThe topic was “Dismantling Racism and White Supremacy in Academia.” Panelists included  SSW faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

4. The Baltimore Ceasefire Movement

The School of Social Work is honored to be a Ceasefire school! The Baltimore Ceasefire movement is committed to supporting peace in Baltimore. The School of Social Work has committed to establishing peaceful programming four times a year to support Ceasefire weekends (four weekends per year).

Our first event was the Black Entrepreneurs Virtual Showcase, for more information please visit https://www.ssw.umaryland.edu/about-the-ssw/ssw-news/ceasefire-black-entrepreneurs-virtual-showcase.php 

5. L.E.A.D. Leading For Equity, Anti-Racism and Diversity

L.E.A.D. Leading For Equity, Anti-Racism and Diversity is and e-Convening training and coaching series through the University of Maryland, School of Social Work focused on cultivating an anti-racist mindset, promoting equity and dismantling structural racism and oppression. L.E.A.D. is designed to increase individual knowledge and capacity, moving from personal reckonings through institutional frameworks, and concrete action steps. Participants go through the training as a cohort and participate in practice support groups afterwards. L.E.A.D. was piloted in Spring 2021 and will launch again in Fall 2021. For more information email sswdeioffice@ssw.umaryland.edu

6. Intergroup Dialogue at SSW (IGD)

Intergroup dialogue engages the SSW community, from one or more social/cultural identity groups, in facilitated dialogue grounded in social justice education around the power dynamics, tensions, similarities, and differences of experience that exist within a group and/or between and across groups. The goal of intergroup dialogue is for participants to develop comfort with and skills in discourse on difficult topics in order to foster thoughtful, meaningful, and sustained cross-group relationships. In intergroup dialogue participants learn to listen to gain understanding of those with different experiences than themselves. In doing so, participants develop an increased ability to communicate across differences, a heightened intergroup and intragroup awareness and sensitivity, and a greater commitment to civic engagement. Ultimately, intergroup dialogue is about sharing diverse perspectives, learning how to ask others about their experiences, and developing the ability to understand how our identities impact how we experience the world. Over the course of five weeks, participants During the course of five weeks, focus on exploring their human capacity and need to connect with each other. IGD launches in June 2021. For more information email sswdeioffice@ssw.umaryland.edu