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A Social Work Conversation on Racial Justice During COVID-19
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A Social Work Conversation on Racial Justice During COVID-19

When: Monday, June 8, 2020
From 5:30-7pm
Where: United States

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NASW-Michigan will be hosting a series of conversations regarding racial justice at the intersection of social work. The first meeting,A Social Work Conversation on Racial Justice During COVID-19 (Black Death, White Fragility, and Police Brutality), will take place from 5:30–7 p.m. June 8.


This meeting is limited to the first 100 attendees.

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Thank you so much for registering for next Monday’s Michigan social work community forum on racial justice. We know there is a huge need for this conversation in our field right now, so NASW-Michigan has expanded the capacity of the call to host 1000 attendees and as of the writing of this email we have over 925 social workers signed up to participate! With that, we will need everyone’s support and help to make the call run as smoothly as possible, so  I wanted to send a few quick updates for the meeting. 

Additionally, we are asking all participants to complete a short survey to help us get a better sense of your needs, interest in a potential ongoing committee or task force, and ideas for future action. Please complete that survey at

Please note that we will also be live-streaming the conversation on the NASW-Michigan Facebook page to allow more people to join in on the conversation. This will mean that participants names and/or images may be shown on a more broad platform, so please just make sure to turn your camera off if you prefer to remain private. We are planning on recording the conversation for those who may not be able to attend as well. If you have additional resources to share ahead of time feel free to email me at

Meeting Notes & Expectations

  • Our call with begin at 5:30pm, starting with a moment of silence and reflection for the Black lives lost across the country and followed by a short guided mindfulness exercise

  • All attendees will be muted automatically upon entrance of the meeting. Please keep your phone muted throughout the call to reduce background noise

  • It is highly encouraged if you would like to participate to type your comments and resources into the chat box

  • If you would like to speak, please click the raise hand button and a staff person will open your line 

    • Please note that with such a large audience unfortunately not everyone will be able to speak

  • Attendees are welcome to use the clap hand or thumbs up features if you agree or support with a statement said

  • NASW-Michigan is planning to host a series of regional follow-up meetings that will hopefully allow more robust community conversations and local action steps

Tentative Agenda

Moment for Lives Lost

Mindfulness Exercise

Purpose of Call/Addressing Issue

What NASW is working on related Racial Justice & CJ Reform 

NASW Resources 

Ways to Get Involved in the Movement

Social Work Community Discussion 

  • What are you seeing?

  • What are you hearing?

  • How is this impacting you, your clients, and your community?

  • What do you personally need right now? 

What do you think the social work response should be?

Future Action: 

  • Digital/Physical Day of Solidarity?

  • LEAD 

Asks for Social Workers - Short survey

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