Race and Racism: Training Social Work Leaders to Meet Today’s Challenges
February 23, 2016
On Friday, February 12th, the Silver community gathered in the Silver School parlor for a discussion with Larry E. Davis on Race and Racism: Training Social Work Leaders to Meet Today’s Challenges. Davis is the Dean and Donald M. Henderson Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, as well as Director of the School’s Center on Race and Social Problems. NYU Silver’s DSW Program in Clinical Social Work and the Social Justice and Diversity Committee hosted the event, in celebration of Black History Month.
Davis discussed the complexities of race and class in today’s society and the unique position of social workers to confront injustices related to social identity. His talk inspired thoughtful questions from faculty and students. Dean Lynn Videka concluded the dynamic conversation by thanking Davis for his insightful presentation and emphasizing the Silver School’s commitment to diversity and social justice.
Larry E. Davis has spent his life and career dedicated to issues of race, civil rights, and social justice. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University and a Masters in social work and a Masters in psychology from the University of Michigan. He then decided to work in the trenches, joining VISTA and spending three years in one of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods. Read his biography here »