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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force is a group of students, staff, and faculty working to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Social Work community. The DEI Task force reviews and revives the SSW DEI strategic plan, including the creation of the School’s vision and goals for anti-racism and anti-oppression in teaching, research, and service. In addition, the task force uplifts the voices of students. The task force work was established to prioritize student demands, indentify concerns, make recommendations for future accountability mechanisms, and develop goals for Years 6-10 of the DEI strategic plan to incorporate the demands.

The DEI Task Force would like to acknowledge although the School has been working for some time on diversity, equity, and inclusion, there is still much more to be done. The SSW School and Community needs to work on different, more inclusive ways with students to truly become an anti-racist School.

December 2020 DEI Task Force Update



Larry M. Gant

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Director, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Professor of Art and Design, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design

Lorraine M. Gutiérrez

Edith A Lewis Collegiate Professor of Social Work, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts


Da'Chelle Burnett

Da'Chelle Burnett

MSW Student

Bailey Castillo

Bailey Castillo

MSW Student

Abigail H. Eiler

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work, and Director of Undergraduate Minor Programs, School of Social Work

William Elliott III

Professor of Social Work, Director, Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science

Ayesha Ghazi Edwin

ENGAGE: DETROIT Program Manager and LEO Lecturer I

Trey Gates

MSW Student

Jaclynn M. Hawkins

Associate Professor of Social Work, Director, Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center

Sierra Hendrix-Williams

Sierra Hendrix-Williams

MSW Student

Joel Lucio

MSW Intern

Garrett Pace

PhD Student

Jamie Simmons

Jamie Simmons


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