Sandra Bernabei, LCSW, is President of the National Association of Social Workers—New York City Chapter. She is a metro area community organizer and private practitioner. Sandy is a founding member of the AntiRacist Alliance, an antiracist organizing collective of New York City area human service practitioners. ARA is building a movement to undo structural racism in our lifetime and to bring an analysis of structural racism as outlined by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond to social work education and practice.
Previously, we explored the Undoing Racism® principle of analyzing power (see http://www.pisab.org/our-principles). Now, we examine our roles as gatekeepers and our responsibility to identify and analyze manifestations of racism. more »
In this article, we focus on networking as crucial to finding and developing partners who can join together and mobilize for change in regard to achieving racial equity. more »
Developing leadership that moves an organization toward antiracist multicultural practice requires understanding the dominant culture, redefining concepts of leadership to include diverse perspectives, and maintaining accountability. more »
As you learn to see subtle, usually unintentional,manifestations of racial inequity in your organization, the next steps you can take to create change become clearer. more »
The second principle identified by the People's Institute is Learning from History. Race history in America is filled with pain and confusion. It is impossible to understand this history without appreciating the powerful role of historical trauma. more »
Racial equity work requires recognizing systemic oppression and changing the way systems function. To do this, we must be guided by a set of principles that help us identify barriers and pitfalls, and lead us in learning skills and strategies to more »
We represent an alliance of thousands of antiracist social workers in the Northeast United States, connected to a national effort to undo structural racism. Why this column? Why is achieving racial equity still an important focus for social work? more »