Beyond green eggs and ham: From refusal to acceptance to institutional change

  • Anne C. Deepak LMSW, PhD, Assistant Professor School of Social Work Texas State University, San Marcos
  • Loretta Lambert BSW, Texas State University, San Marcos

Abstract

This article is a reflection on our journey to promote social justice education in a BSW program. The core of this narrative is Loretta's personal transformation, from refusing to take an elective Anne teaches called Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work Practice, on the grounds that it was "White-bashing", to becoming an anti-racism activist and spearheading a successful campaign to make the course a core requirement in the BSW curriculum. A secondary part of the narrative is of how we were able to establish a strong working relationship through our vast differences. Our goal is to share our reflections on the individual, interpersonal and institutional processes that led to Loretta 's movement from personal questioning to public action so that other institutions, professors and students can learn from our experiences in order to support social justice education efforts that can result in similar transformations.

 

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