The White Educator’s Role in Teaching about Discrimination and Oppression: Where do I Begin?

By Sarah Buila.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The profession of social work is committed to challenging social injustices and to fostering respect for individual differences. Social work educators have a responsibility to teach about and demonstrate these values. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) clearly outlines program education policy that accredited schools integrate curriculum content on diversity “that promotes understanding, affirmation, and respect for people from diverse backgrounds” and furthermore these “programs integrate social and economic justice content grounded in an understanding of distributive justice, human and civil rights, and global interconnections of oppression” (CSWE, 2004, p.9). The author uses a personal narrative about her journey from ignorance about racism to a commitment toward ending racism. A review of literature is used to formulate recommendations for classroom pedagogical practice against discrimination and oppression.

Keywords: Teaching about Diversity, Discrimination, White Privilege, Social Work

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp.97-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 563.649KB).

Sarah Buila

Assistant Professor/Undergraduate Program Director, School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA

Sarah Buila, PH.D. is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director at the School of Social Work at Southern Illinois University, USA. She has been teaching courses in research, and health/mental health practice. She has over 15 years of experience in mental health practice and has long been interested in social justice issues concerning the mentally disabled.

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