Interschool Council on Undoing Racism

The Interschool Council on Undoing Racism (ICUR) is a project of URIP that began in 2008. ICUR supplies foundational community organizing skills to students from the NYC schools through Labs and Council Meetings. Community Organizing skills are essential to building and sustaining the movement to undo racism.


Labs focus on key skills including how to run a campaign, the basics of grassroots fundraising, how to facilitate a meeting, and leadership development. Labs pay particular attention to the intersectionality of all systems of oppression and its impact on organizing.

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ICUR Meetings

ICUR Meetings provide a space for all anti-racist organizing groups and individuals, at each of the individual schools, to report on their organizing work, suggest ways others can support, and to build across institutional lines. ICUR organizes events for anti-racism organizers/supporters to meet and socialize in order to create cohesion between students involved in the movement to transform social work education.

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Spring Semester 2018

Microaggressions: How to Effectively Engage in Conversations About Race and Racism, Saturday, March 10th 2-4pm

Through dialogue and interactive exercises, this lab will explore the impact of microaggressions in an intersectional framework, as well as strategies to intervene with and address them at the individual and systemic levels. This lab is open to the public, but is designed for current social work students. Facilitated by Elizabeth Rossi, URIP Steering Committee Member & Community Organizing Program Coordinator at Silberman School of Social Work.

Fall Semester 2017

DisOrientation: Addressing Race and Racism in SW Curriculum, Friday, November 17th 6-8pm

Calling all current social work students invested in anti-racist social work practice and social justice in New York City! The Undoing Racism Internship Project (URIP) is organizing a citywide Social Work Student DisOrientation! You will walk away having examined the history of social service work and how it influences our field today, and feel grounded in an anti-racist, anti-oppression focused approach to social work practice.

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Election Processing Space & Microaggressions, Thursday, November 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm

After the election, URIP is recommitting to organizing, to healing, to building a movement of social workers that honors the boldness and courage of our ancestors. Experiencing micro aggressions and the collective daily trauma that comes along with that, we must address will only heighten under a Trump elected presidency. In this workshop co facilitated by the URIP interns Toni and Amy as well as Steering Committee member Sharielle, you will have the opportunity to heal and process after the election and we will be centering micro aggressions and our organizing skills and dialogue in the context of the election. It's a space to stand in solidarity with the many threatened and marginalized folks. In community, we will develop strategies and skills to help mobilize folks in our schools and our communities. 

Anti Racist Organizing 101, Friday, October 7, 6:00pm-8:00pm

In this workshop facilitated with the help of Steering Committee member Elizabeth, we will dialogue and discuss ways we can continue to dismantle white supremacy within our institutions at our respective schools and communities. We will also go through some of the many tools we all need as community organizers to continue to do this work rooted in social justice and anti racist organizing. 


Self Care and Stress Release Wednesday, March 13, 6-8:30PM

As social workers, we often experience the effects of secondary trauma from intensive work in communities enduring structural violences rooted in racism, classism, sexism, and colonialism. Experiencing and/or witnessing this level of collective trauma takes a toll on our mind, body, and spirit. In this workshop, you will learn the many ways secondary trauma & stress affect you. You will deepen your understanding of insidious nature of this particular type of stress and its ability to get stuck in the body. Together, in community, we will practice specific skills for immediate relief using body based techniques for self-care. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat if you have one, drink water throughout the day and if you are having lunch before the session, please eat light.

Unpacking Internalized Racial Inferiority: A Workshop for People of Color Committed to Anti-Racist Work  Sunday, March 1,12:15PM-5PM

Unpacking Internalized Racial Inferiority is a half-day, 5 hour session dedicated to providing people of color (POC) committed to anti-racism the often overlooked opportunity to unearth historical and lived experiences with internalized racial oppression. This workshop will provide space for deep work in racial affinity groups, cross-racial dialogue, and a collective space for cross-POC healing as a central tool for movement building. The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) defines “internalized racial inferiority” as “the acceptance of and acting out of an inferior definition of self, given by the oppressor, rooted in the historical designation of one’s race." This workshop is open to individuals who identify as people of color, including but not limited to individuals who identify as Black, African American, Latin@, Native American, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific islander, South Asian, Arab, and Middle Eastern.

Microaggressions Tuesday, February 17, 6-8:30PM

Kate Barrow and Mayowa Obasaju, co-teachers of Diversity Racism Oppression and Privilege (DROP) course at NYU School of Social Work and members of community based collectives and organizations, co- facilitate this lab on micro-aggressions. Through discussion, presentation, and interactive exercises, this lab will explore the dynamics and impact of micro- aggressions within an intersectional framework, their linkage with power, privilege, and oppression, and strategies to intervene with and address them at the individual and systemic levels. This session will focus on the experience of micro-aggressions in the workplace.



Annual End of the Year Dance Party Friday, December 12, 8-12PM

It’s been an intense year and we have been tested by our schools and by our society.  We have taken to the streets, supporting incredible movement building across the country to address systemic anti-Black racism, in solidarity with the families, friends, and greater communities of Michael brown, Eric Garner, Vonderrit Myers, Akai Gurley, and too many others.  We’ve written blogposts, tweeted, and shared articles on FB to raise our collective consciousness in the fight for justice for trans people, people with disabilities, and countless families that have been torn apart by our nation’s immigration policies.
As social work students and organizers who are holding these heavy tragedies with us, we realize we must take time for community and self-care. It’s time to rejoice in the communities we have built!
Let’s come together at the end of this year to ground ourselves in solidarity and love.  We’ve done great work this year, and we deserve to celebrate it.  


Undoing Anti-Black Racism in Asian American, Pacific Islander & South Asian Communities: Solidarity Politics in Practice  Friday, December 5, 6-8:30PM

This session aims to engage AAPI and South Asian social service workers, activists and organizers in a process to engage, unpack and lay out a framework to begin to undo anti-Black racism that often pervades our communities. As individuals working for social justice in a US context but carry transnational and/or migrant roots, we will examine the historical and current allegiances between our communities and Black communities while investigating our own biases. These exercises will serve as the basis for moving towards actionable solidarity.  

Each Person is a World: Tikkun Olam and Jewish Anti-Racist Organizing  Thursday November 6, 2014 6-8:30pm

Yasmin Safdie, CUSSW ‘10, Emily Saltzman, SSSW ‘11, and Eleni Zimiles, CUSSW ‘14 will co-facilitate a discussion for Jewish-identified students about the unique experiences of the Jewish community and racism in the US. Together we will map political, social, and economic positioning of Jewish communities in the movement for liberation as gatekeepers positioned to shift power, grant access, and advance an agenda of equity for all.

 Power Mapping and Campaign Planning  Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:00 - 8:30pm

Learning to plan and implement campaigns is central to movement building and working for social change. Before taking on a campaign, organizers must understand the foundational practice of conducting a power analysis in order to identify key players. The power analysis is a critical tool in base building and campaign planning. Once targets are identified, a campaign plan can be laid out. This interactive lab co- facilitated by Rachel Manning, SSSW 14' and Jennie Encalada, SSSW 13', will cover: defining goals and objectives, developing tactics, base building, leadership development, and more. By understanding how to use these tools, we can better plan and execute a successful campaign. 

Anti-Racist Organizing  Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:00-8:30pm

URIP allies Heidi Lopez, of the RISE collective, and Elizabeth Rossi, URIP Steering Committee member, co-facilitate this lab which will explore anti- racist organizing principles and strategies that aim to shift power and further social change. In partnership with NYU School of Social Work.



WALKOUT: Undoing Racism Movie Night & Discussion Thursday, January 16th, 2013, 6:30-9:30pm

Join the URIP community to watch Walkout, a movie about the students who staged a mass student walkout at five East Los Angeles high schools in 1968 to protest unjust educational conditions and anti-Latino bias in their schools. Discussion will follow screening, facilitated by Beatriz Rivera and Estrellita Alvarado, Student Leaders in CSSW’s Latin@ Caucus

Freeing our Souls: Unearthing Internalized Racial Oppression Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6:00-8:30pm

Social workers! Activists! Healers! Join Tanisha Douglas, CSSW' 10, for a healing circle-style cypher on the deep impact on racial oppression on our minds, bodies and spirits. This conversation will pull from traditional and holistic practices as well as popular education approaches.

Reflective Supervision

Candida Brooks-Harrison, Fordham GSS 01 will lead two workshops to explore the benefits of reflective supervision on effective social work practice. The workshop will define reflective supervision and provide both field supervisors and students basic tools to meaningfully engage in anti-racist supervision. For Students: Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, 6-8:30PM, NASW-NYC For Supervisors: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, 9-12PM,

 Anti-Racist Organizing Friday March 7, 2014, 6:00-8:30pm

Facilitated by Heidi Lopez and Kate Barrow from the RISE collective, this lab will explore anti-racist organizing principles and strategies that aim to shift power and further social change. In partnership with NYU School of Social Work

Each Person is a World: Tikkun Olam and Jewish Anti-Racist Organizing Thursday April 10th, 6:00-8:30pm

Emily Saltzman, SSSW ’11, Erin Markman, SSSW ’11, and Yasmin Safdie, CUSSW' 10 will facilitate a discussion for Jewish-identified students about the unique experiences of the Jewish community and racism in the US. Together, we will map political, social, and economic positioning of Jewish communities in the movement for liberation as gatekeepers positioned to shift power, grant access, and advance an agenda of equity for all.

Self Care Lab Thursday April 24, 2014, 6:00-8:30pm

Quai Nystrom, SSSW '09, Wellness Counselor, will facilitate a lab on finding self-care practices that combat the trauma and pain of systemic failures and keep you and your work vibrant.

Racial Microaggressions 201: Real Pain, Invisible ScarsThursday, May 1, 2014, 6:00-8:30pm

Andrew Lawton, SSSW ‘10 and Alberto Guerrero, SSSW ‘10 will facilitate an advanced lab supporting participants to name, understand and explore the impact of racial microaggressions on others and ourselves whether we are victims, witnesses, or perpetrators. Together we will explore approaches and responses to racial microaggressions and their manifestation.



Doing Our Own Work: Racial Justice Activists on the Journey Towards Allyship Thursday, October 3, 2013: 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Please join us for a panel discussion focused on allyship and why it is an integral piece of the racial justice movement. Panelists will discuss their experiences of allyship, what propels their allyship journey and how they support allies in their community. The moderator and panelists will share their stories while also giving concrete guidance for aspiring allies. The session will include small group discussions for community building and next steps. Students, social workers and activists are welcome.

“All the Blacks are men and all the women are white” Gendering Racial Microaggression Friday, November 8th, 6:00-8:30 PM

Rebekah Adens, SSSW, ‘13 and Kalima DeSuze, SSSW, ’07, facilitate a discussion around how issues are implicitly gendered as male and framed as Men of Color problems. Black women are invariably ignored and left vulnerable to daily gendered racial microaggressions. This invisibility offers a powerful lens to dissect and recreate social justice aims. This lab delves into the history of socially constructed controlling images, how those images manifest in the daily lives of black women, and offer specific ways people can intervene in their daily interactions and social work practice.

Self-Care Lab: Finding Our Own Medicine Friday, December 6th, 6-8:30pm

Maria Garcia Mugg, CUSSW '11 and Tanisha Douglas, CUSSW '11 lead an interactive and reflective workshop about how to honor ourselves and make self-care a lifestyle choice. In order to counter systems of oppression, we have to create and rebuild ourselves sustainably. Engaging in healing traditions from various cultures, we will learn to untangle ourselves from racist and sexist roots so that we may trust our instincts and intuition again. 


Racial Microaggressions: Real Pain, Invisible Scars Friday, February 22nd, 2013: 6-8:30PM

This lab will be facilitated by Andrew Lawton, HCSSW ‘10 and Alberto Guerrero, HCSSW ‘10. Racial microaggressions are real and pervasive painful experiences that impact both people of color and white individuals. This lab will support participants to name, understand, and explore the impact of racial microaggressions on ourselves and others whether we are victims, witnesses, or perpetrators. Participants will explore the various ways that racial microaggressions manifest in today's society, as well as safe and appropriate ways to respond for self and others when encountering racial microaggressions. This workshop, which will draw from participants' lived experiences, will provide organizers with theory and skills needed to lead a vibrant discussion to ensure the practice of addressing this aspect of racial oppression.

Intersectionality: Journey Towards LGBTQIGNC Allyship Friday, March 8th, 2013: 6-8:30PM

This lab, facilitated by Emily Saltzman HCSSW ‘11 and URIP Alumni and Sasha Ahuja, CUSSW '11 and URIP alumni, will focus on the integral pieces of what it means to be a true ally to the queer, trans, intersex and gender non-conforming community. While LGBTQIGNC folks are very much present in all social justice movements, many times they are tokenized, silenced or forgotten altogether. Discussions in this lab will focus on the intersection between class, race, homelessness, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and the damage that can be done by refusing to see the connection. This lab will provide participants the opportunity to critically analyze opportunities within our movements to be inclusive of the LGBTQIGNC community without derailing or comparing oppressions.

Our Movement, Under OUR Terms: Funding Radical Organizing Friday, April 5th, 2013: 6-8:30PM

This lab will be facilitated by Kalima DeSuze, HCSSW ’07 and URIP Alumni. INCITE, Women of Color, boldly proclaimed “The Revolution Will NOT be Funded” unless we do it ourselves. The evolution of the non-profit sector is evidence of system being co-opted and manipulated by intentionally divisive funding practices. Despite our efforts to resist, funding continues to operate as a means of control for radical organizing. Using the history of the non-profit industrial complex as a foundation, we will explore multiple concrete strategies for grassroots fundraising. This will include, examining our historical, cultural, and gendered relationships with money, organizational considerations, and long-term planning. Essentially, how do we develop an all encompassing development plan that ensure OUR Movement continues on OUR terms.

Self-Care Beyond Manicures, Happy Hour & Retail Therapy: Finding our own medicine Thursday, April 25th, 2013: 6-8:30PM

This lab, facilitated by Maria Garcia Mugg, CUSSW ‘11, will create discussion and practice around honoring all parts of our selves in this "work". Recognizing self-care is often a lifestyle choice rather than a job changes how we treat our daily wounds. In order for us to counter sustained systems of oppression, we too have to create and rebuild ourselves, sustainably. This means making space for ourselves everyday to honor and recognize our growth and setbacks and to find the right medicine to remedy our "self" as we grow and change in the work. Without the reclamation of a deep primal connection to ourselves and the histories we carry, we can lose ourselves. We can only undo racist and sexist roots if we know how to untangle ourselves from them and learn to trust our instincts and intuition again.



Power Analysis: Thursday, November 8th, 2012 6-8PM

Facilitators: Sasha Ahuja

At the heart and soul of grassroots community organizing is the foundational practice of conducting a power analysis. Used in every social justice movement, a power analysis visually outlines the current political landscape thereby, allowing organizers to identify places of influence and possibility for shifts in building power. This workshop will discuss the critical role power analysis plays in organizing – by mapping power “sources,” we learn who to target and who to collaborate with to create needed change. Participants will receive a template and have an opportunity to walk through a power analysis exercise.

How To Run A Campaign: Thursday, November 15th, 2012: 6-8PM

Facilitator: Yasmin Safdie

In this hands on skill lab participants will learn the different components of running an anti-oppressive grassroots campaign from start to finish. Topics covered will include: defining goals and objectives, developing tactics, base building, leadership development, and designing effective timelines and evaluation tools. Participants will also receive an electronic packet with tools and worksheets to use in their organizing work.

Why is Anti-Racist Organizing Important?: Monday, November 26th, 2012: 6-8PM

Facilitator: Rachael Ibrahim

This lab will be facilitated by Rachael Ibrahim, organizer with the People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond. Through guided activities we will explore the significant role that race and racism plays in understanding oppression and social change. We will discuss anti-racist organizing principles, their application to current practice and develop organizing strategies that aim to shift power. This session will include a self reflective component that will be used to frame the process.

Intersectionality: Classism: Friday, December 7th, 2012: 6-8PM

Facilitator: Heidi Lopez

This lab, facilitated by Heidi Lopez of RISE, will reflect on the impact of our socioeconomic statuses on our lives - both the ones we grew up within and the ones we exist in now. The group will discuss “class” as a social construct and how various groups are disproportionately affected due to their socioeconomic status. Finally, the group will think about the ways classism plays out in our understanding of larger social issues as well as inter-personally when working with people.