The Undoing Racism Internship Project (URIP) aims to collectively unite the NY-based Schools of Social Work to organize for a stronger anti-racist, anti-oppressive lens in our curriculum. Rooted in student led activism, URIP grew out of student interest in institutionalizing anti-racist social work practice at their respective schools of social work. Following a presentation by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) at Columbia University School of Social Work, students inquired about the possibility of an Undoing Racism TM field placement. Energized and in full support of student leadership, representatives of the Anti-Racist Alliance, PISAB, faculty from several schools of social work, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, and the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYC) quickly joined forces to launch the project.
Since its inception in 2005-2006, URIP has attracted students from nearly all the New York area social work schools. Each year, the breadth and scope of URIP’s work expands resulting in a stronger, more unified student led movement to radically transform social work education. URIP aims to strengthen the anti-racist analysis and organizing of students, faculty, and field instructors in NYC schools of social work. Since 2005, over 1000 students have participated in the Undoing Racism® Workshop. To date, URIP has graduated 20 interns, who continue the ongoing work of Undoing Racism® in cities and towns around the country.
Fiercely committed to student led activism and leadership development, all interns are members of the Steering Committee; a non-hierarchical entity which provides direction and support to the project, and assumes a more pronounced leadership role post-graduation. We do this work because we believe Undoing Racism Is Possible...One Semester at a Time.
Learn about the Interschool Council on Undoing Racism (ICUR), a project of URIP, here.