History & Mission

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 schools of social work. In YEAR, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) presented to social work students at Columbia University School of Social Work.. 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) joined forces to launch a dedicated internship to allow social work students to center anti-racist organizing in schools of social work in the New York metro area as a field placement opportunity.

URIP has attracted students from across 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 skills of students, faculty, and field instructors in NYC schools of social work.  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.

What We've Achieved

  • Since 2005, over 1000 social work students have participated in the Undoing Racism® Workshop.

  • We hosted (insert #) ICUR Labs and meetings with over (insert number) attendees.

I am a Social Worker. And, I am ACCOUNTABLE.

Will the profession of social work be complicit or accountable to UNDOING RACISM?


URIP Over the Years