Upcoming Events

Antiracism in Social Work Practice: From Performative Allyship to Co-Conspiracy - Online CEU Workshop

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


$20 UBSSW alumni, $25 non-alumni, $10 students

UB School of Social Work Alumni Association

Chris Fike

Sarah Watson, (716) 645-1259 (sjwatson@buffalo.edu)

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Registration deadline is July 31.

1.5 hours CEU workshop, live, online via Zoom.

The institutions that frame social work education and prepare future practitioners - namely, academe and professional associations - are firmly rooted in hegemonic philosophies and practices that perpetuate colonization, oppression, and white supremacy. The white supremacist ideology inherent within too much Western social work literature and too many teaching methodologies and practice strategies only serves to perpetuate an oppressive colonized system. This structure does not really envision social workers as agents of change, but rather as the cogs of the status quo who foster client dependence on a system that is inherently marginalizing.

The only way of undoing racism is to identify it, describe it, and then dismantle it (Kendi, 2019). An antiracist approach to social work requires us to challenge professional hegemony through deconstructing, disrupting, and dismantling traditional conceptualizations of social work scholarship, practice, and education (Tamburro, 2013). One mechanism for disrupting the white supremacy that has become a master narrative in social work scholarship, practice, and education is to create a counter-narrative (Pewewardy & Almeida, 2104). To create that counter-narrative, this presentation will deconstruct the common social work conceptualization of allyship as colonizing, champion co-conspiracy as an explicitly antiracist alternative, and propose strategies for integrating antiracist co-conspiratorship into your social work practice.


1. Identify and define key concepts that inform and perpetuate white supremacy in social work practice
2. Identify and define key constructs from decolonizing and antiracist social work practice paradigms
3. Define, describe, and demonstrate performative allyship and co-conspiracy within a social work context
4. Describe and discuss strategies for integrating antiracist co-conspiratorship into social work practice