Racial Justice

The Long Drive to Flint

Alumnus Adeoti Oguntoye (MSW'01) tells the story of his drive from Atlanta to Flint, a distance of 764 miles, to deliver bottles of clean water and bring a statement of solidarity and hope to the residents of that city.

SWM016: A Free-wheeling Discussion of Race-related Topics, with Carl Hart and Courtney Cogburn

To be a professor of color at Columbia University and to be studying race-related topics is to be thoughtful almost all the time—as you will discover when listening to this conversation between drug expert Carl Hart and social work professor Courtney Cogburn, now a "Social Work Matters" podcast.

Dean’s Statement on Disaster in Nepal and Riots in Baltimore

Dean Jeanette Takamura comments on the earthquake disaster in Nepal and, on the home front, the senseless death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

CSSW Celebrates Black History Month

Last week a South Carolina court absolved the Friendship Nine of their "trespassing" conviction of 54 years ago for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter. We see this as an apt way to start this year's celebrations of Black History Month.

Courtney Cogburn Receives Provost's Diversity Grant for Work on Media Coverage of Ferguson

Assistant Professor Courtney D. Cogburn has been selected to receive a Provost's Grants Program Award for Junior Faculty who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University, for a project titled “Black Face to Ferguson: A Mixed Methodological Examination of Media Racism, Media Activism and Health.”

BLACK LIVES MATTER: Statement from the Columbia School of Social Work Community

In the wake of the Grand Jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown, members of the CSSW community have issued a statement speaking out against racism and oppression in our country and its criminal justice system.

Ferguson and Its Implications for the Social Work Community

The protest marches on behalf of Ferguson are a "statement about the long overdue need to confront and eradicate racism and to fix institutions, among them the criminal justice system," says Dean Jeanette Takamura in this statement.

SWM-003: The Presumed Incompetence of Faculty Women of Color, with Professor Carmen Gonzalez

In this podcast, Carmen Gonzalez, Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law, discusses the provenance, methodology, and findings of her path-breaking book about the hurdles faced by women of color in the academy. Professor Gonzalez visited the Columbia School of Social Work in September for talks with faculty, advisors, and administrators.

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