DEADLINE: Friday, March 26, 2021
Latesha Newson, LCSW
We’re looking for social work leaders who are passionate about creating equitable spaces for others by serving on the NASW-Illinois Chapter Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (NASW-IL DEIC). 2020 was undeniably an unprecedented year which brought to light so many societal issues that were dormant. The purpose of the NASW-IL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is to serve as an advisory group to the chapter to further NASW’s mission to promote cultural diversity and social equity among the marginally oppressed populations.
As social workers, we recognize the social injustices, racial inequities, and disparities among the disenfranchised. We also understand that the crux of many of our society issues involve race, class, and gender; and the need to create a fair and more just world.
Coinciding with one of the main values of social work practice, social workers are often called upon to address social justice issues. Under NASW’s ethical standards, we are called on to be responsible to the broader society. This includes the promotion of “policies that safeguard the rights and confirm equity and social justice for all people.”
As we have entered this transformative time in our nation, we would like to extend an opportunity to our social work chapter membership to serve and create change for others in our profession as well as society by applying for a position on the NASW-Illinois Chapter Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. It’s time to be the change we wish to see!
DEADLINE: Friday, March 26, 2021
NASW-Illinois Chapter Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Charge
Chapter Board President, Grisel Rodriguez-Morales, LCSW
The Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) is a voluntary committee charged by the NASW-Illinois Chapter (NASW-IL) President. The committee serves as an advisory group, reporting to the chapter president on matters relating to the promotion of the association’s mission to promote cultural diversity and social equity among marginally oppressed populations.
To promote the NASW programs and efforts that encourage awareness, respect, and appreciation of diversity in the social work profession and our society. The particular focus includes race and ethnic diversity, social justice, women advancement, and sexual orientation (LGBTTQQIAAP) issues.
The committee will meet for a minimum of twice per year with a recording of minutes for each meeting, to be presented to the chapter president and executive director and reported to the chapter board as requested.
Works with chapter events coordinator to identify and develop presenters for trainings that fulfill IDFPR requirements for CEU approval as well as fulfill the committee mission of encouraging awareness, respect, and appreciation of diversity in the social work profession and our society.
Contributes articles to chapter website as needed concerning important topics in cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Provides input upon request on chapter efforts to increase diversity equity, and inclusion amongst membership
As requested, provide feedback on changes in policy at the local and state level to the chapter board which may impact issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.