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White Supremacy Culture at Work: Teaching Social Workers to Recognize and Disrupt
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When: Friday, September 11, 2020
Where: Online
United States
Contact: NASW Ohio Chapter

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White Supremacy Culture at Work: Teaching Social Workers to Recognize and Disrupt Systems of Oppression within Social Service and Non-profit Agencies

September 11, 2020 Online, 9:00am- 4:00pm, 6 CEUs including ethics

Presented by Ondine Quinn and Drew Bowling, hosts of the podcast Decolonizing Social Work


About the Workshop: 

Based on the work of Tema Okun and others, this workshop will introduce social workers to the ways that white supremacy culture is embedded in our workplaces. As Okun says, “one of the purposes of listing characteristics of white supremacy culture is to point out how organizations which unconsciously use these characteristics as their norms and standards make it difficult, if not impossible, to open the door to other cultural norms and standards.” In order to live up to social work’s aspirations of promoting racial justice, social workers must be able to recognize the ways that professional practices are modeled off of the norms of dominant white culture. Social workers can then begin to challenge these institutionalized norms with alternative models that promote greater equity for people of all cultures and backgrounds.




Workshop Pre-Survey

Module 1: What does it look like to resist white supremacy in the workplace and should social workers care?


    Group agreements

    Defining white supremacy and identifying characteristics

Module 2: Social Work’s Role in Ending Oppression

    Exploring our professional commitments and limitations


Module 3: Exploring Root Causes: Iceberg Activity

    Why “I’m the only one who can handle it” isn't a good thing

    Do we have a right to comfort?

Module 4: Exploring Alternatives: Give One, Get One

    Recognizing the danger of the worship of the written word

    Debrief activity

Module 5: Exploring the Hidden Meaning: 4 Corners

    Understanding perfectionism

Module 6: What Now? Developing an Action Plan

    Applying this in our workplaces

Workshop Post-Survey


About the Presenters:


Ondine Quinn, MSW, CSW is a licensed social worker and the training and technical assistance specialist at Provide, Inc., a national non-profit organization focused on improving access to reproductive healthcare in southern and rural states. Ondine brings over a decade of experience in community organizing and direct client services. Ondine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies from the Ohio State University, and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She is the co-host of Decolonize Social Work, a podcast about social work, oppression, and liberation.


Drew Bowing, MSW, CSW is the current shelter program manager at GreenHouse17, an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and the Central Kentucky community. He is a licensed social worker and regularly facilitates workshops for social service agencies about privilege, power, and white supremacy culture. Drew co-hosts Decolonize Social Work, a podcast about social work, oppression, and liberation. Drew earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Kentucky, as well as a Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky College of Social Work.




$120 for Members
$160 for Non-Members


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