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CASC + ENGAGE: Racial Equity in Washtenaw County


It is essential to connect our critical analysis of social justice issues to multi-level collective action for systemic and institutional change. Join us on September 19, from 12 pm-1:30 pm, for a special joint-session in partnership with CASC to explore how racial and socioeconomic inequity in Washtenaw County is connected to historic and ongoing discriminatory policies and practices. This virtual discussion will feature social workers in the field, CASC alumni, among others, discussing the history of racial inequity in Washtenaw county, its connection to the present, the role of social work practice in addressing this issue, and the activists leading change.

Attendees will learn about the racial equity issues in Washtenaw county, how historic and ongoing policies have created it, and the institutions and infrastructures in place that uphold it. Attendees will learn about racial inequity in housing, education, socioeconomic, among other indicators. The session will also feature current social workers and activists working to address racial inequity in Washtenaw county, and present ways to get involved.


Hear from CASC and social work alumni engaged in fighting for equity in Washtenaw County, including Clinical Assistant Professor Justin Hodge, Washtenaw County Commissioner Felicia Brabec, and others. Associate Professor and CASC Director Katie Richards-Schuster, and CASC Assistant Director Amber Wiliams, will also join us to share how we move from critical analysis to action for equitable change.


  • 12:00 - 12:30pm | Introductions and Identifying Issues
  • 12:30 - 1:00pm | History of racial inequity in Washtenaw County and its connection to current problems
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm | Activism and its connection to social work practice

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how historic and ongoing policies have contributed to racial inequity in Washtenaw county.
  2. Identify strategies for addressing racial inequity in Washtenaw county.

CE Approval Statement

The University of Michigan School of Social Work, provider #1212, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The University of Michigan School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/15/2020-5/15/2023. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 synchronous online continuing education contact hours.

Please see the CE Policies page for more information about continuing education.

Event Recording

Event Details

  • 11/19/2020 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
This event has no location.

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