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Event date: 11/7/2020 8:45 AM - 12:15 PM Export event
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Antiracism and Anti-oppression in the Context of Social Work Ethics

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Workshop Description:

The focus of this conversation is to explore how white supremacy, nationalism, heteronormativity, and other forms of oppression are maintained within social work (and other helping professions) by unexamined assumptions, policies, and approaches. This presentation focuses in operationalizing the NASW code of ethics in a way that gives practitioners guidance and support for dismantling oppressive systems and policies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of NASW Code of Ethics sections on diversity, inclusion and cultural competence
  • Examine historical and current practices that are problematic through a postcolonial and critical race theory lens
  • Examine the micro, mezzo and meta roles of social worker when confronted with marginalizing or oppressive issues
  • Discuss self and group advocacy approaches in the context of the NASW code of ethics


John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, is a nationally recognized speaker, facilitator and instructor. He has over 20 years of experience of facilitating meeting and programs all over the United States and Latin America. John-Paul has been recognized at the national level for his work transforming large multimillion-dollar systems towards inclusion and equity. John-Paul has held several public offices including State Director of Equity and Civil Rights at the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (aka. WA State Department of Education), four terms as Iowa Latino Affairs Commissioner before being appointed by then Governor to lead the Division of Latino Affairs. In previous roles he has served as the Executive Director at the Latino Community Fund, and was the Public Policy Lead and Product Development Manager at the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, MN, where he oversaw an eight-state multimillion-dollar portfolio designed to promote equity, build assets, reduce poverty and improve the lives of rural youth, families and communities. Previous academic appointment include the National Training and Technical Assistance Director at the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice, the Executive Director of the Institute for the Support of Latino/a Families and Communities, and a co-founder of the Disproportionate Minority Confinement/contact Research Center, here at the University of Iowa. John-Paul has thought graduate courses in areas such as Discrimination, Diversity and Oppression, Latinx Immigration to the United States, multicultural education and family/community development at the University of Iowa, the Iowa Highway Patrol Academy, the National Academy of Sciences, etc. John-Paul has a B.A. in Sociology/International Relations/Multiculturalism from Saint Mary University, a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa and is completing his course work towards a doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy at the same institution. As young adult, he worked in meatpacking in Kansas to put himself through school, and it was there he began his work in the United States as a bilingual facilitator, advocate, community organizer and educator.

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