Social work is contending with an increasingly racially and ethnically diverse population and an academic field that is facing mounting pressure to diversify its curriculum to meet the needs of its students and the communities that social workers serve and inhabit. This article draws on the history of ethnic studies and the work that the field has produced to inform and challenge social work to recognize its shortcomings in addressing racial equity and advance the profession to commit to self-determination for all. In particular, the ethnic studies movement gave rise to relevant education reflective of the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. Inspired by the canon and ideologies of ethnic studies, we offer recommendations for social work education.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)