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