Press and Public Statements

The True Costs of Social Work Education, April 8, 2015
In this piece about NYU Silver, Master’s students at the Silver School of Social Work, Liz O'Connell and Hannah Sheldon Dean, urge Silver faculty and administration to start talking about how the current structure of social work education goes against the field’s efforts to change society’s larger inequalities. Download the PDF.

Graduate Students Host Teach-In to Address Institutionalized Racism at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, February 24, 2015

A contingent of 60 graduate students led a teach-in and mediation at UC Berkeley’s School of Welfare today in response to racist comments made by a tenured professor. Download the PDF.


NASWNYC_Statement_SI_Grand_Jury_Decision_Eric_Garner.jpgNASW-NYC Response to Grand Jury Decision in Death of Eric Garner, December 4, 2014
The National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter, joins with a great many New Yorkers in the painful disbelief that a police officer, caught on video using an illegal choke hold, leading to the death of an unarmed Black man, was not indicted and will not face criminal charges. Download the PDF or read the statement on the NASW-NYC site.


URIP_Statement_on_Michael_Brown_Verdict_edited_11.24.14.jpgURIP Response to Grand Jury Decision in Michael Brown Case, November 24, 2014
URIP responds to Grand Jury Decision in Michael Brown Case: Urging Social Work students, professionals and schools of social work to demand justice and transform our profession into one that truly advocates for anti-racist services, policies, and institutional change. Download the PDF. See pictures of social work students protesting and marching in NYC.



Smith College School of Social Work Response to Ferguson, November 24, 2014         Smith College School of Social Work calls upon their anti-racist commitment to speak out against systemic racism and oppression playing out in the current events in Ferguson. Download the PDF of the full statement or read about it on the Smith College School of Social Work website.


Candida_Sandy.pngWomen Worth Watching Award, October 7, 2014
Founding Members of URIP and current Present and Vice President of the NASW Board of Directors, Candida Brooks Harrison and Sandra Bernabei are honored in Profiles of Diversity Journal's Women Worth Watching. Download the PDF or read about it on the Women Worth Watching site.

Advocacy_Day_Program_MARCH_2014.jpgStony Brook University's Advocacy Day, March 14, 2014
URIP leads Advocacy Day 2014 at Stony Brook University's School of Social Welfare. Over 300 students and faculty members discuss the year's theme, Addressing Structural Racism in Social Work Practice: The Imperative of Our Generation. Download the program and facilitator bios.


Stop___Frisk.jpgNASW News, January 2014
Social Worker's Protest NYPD's Stop and Frisk Policy
URIP interns demonstrate against the city's stop and frisk practice, organizing students across schools of social work to "pack the court" on April 17th for Floyd v. City of New York, the class-action lawsuit challenging the stop and frisk policy. Download the PDF or view it on the NASW website. Read URIP's statement in opposition of NYC Stop and Frisk policy.


Being_Accountable__Understanding_the_Daily_Injuries_of_Racism___NASW-NYC_Connections.jpgNASW-NYC Connections, May 2, 2013
Being Accountable: Understanding the Daily Injuries of Racism
In the NASW-NYC Connections newsletter, Jennie Encalada, URIP Intern 2012-13, discusses the cumulative impact of racial microaggressions in everyday interactions on people of color, and challenges social workers to hold themselves and each other accountable for their occurrence. Download the PDF or view on the NASW-NYC website.


UndoingRacismIsPossible.jpgNASW-NYC Currents, March/April 2013
Undoing Racism Is Possible One Semester At A Time
In the NASW-NYC Connections newsletter, URIP Steering Committee members address the intersections of the economic crisis and institutionalized racism, and make a call to action for social work students and practitioners to advocate for mandatory anti-oppressive curriculum in social work education. Download the PDF or view on the NASW-NYC website.


URIP_Statement_Zimmerman_Verdict.jpgURIP Response to Zimmerman Verdict, July 13, 2013
URIP responds to the Zimmerman Verdict: as social workers we must do the dual work of responding to individual racially motivated biases and of organizing to challenge systemic forms of racism. Download the PDF.


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