My work in the area of spirituality and religion builds on our profession's proud history of expanding diversity to include previously marginalized groups. Each iteration of diversity, however, has been met with critiques implicitly designed to affirm the status quo. In this article, I respond to criticisms that have been leveled against my attempts to foster a more inclusive profession. Topics addressed include underrepresentation, methodological rigor, institutional discrimination, and the challenge of respecting people with whom we differ. I conclude by noting that most social workers are invested in the creation of an inclusive society and highlight the need for a new conversational model that affirms diversity, difference, and the basic human rights of those with whom we disagree.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)