Black Studies Project

The Black Studies Project meeting at UConn School of Social WorkDean Salome Raheim and BSP Director Barris Malcolm gather with members of the Black Studies Project Advisory Committee. Pictured left to right, back row: Brittany Smith, Keyona Thomas, Edna Comer, Barris Malcolm, Kimberly Hardy, Andrea Bryan, Kenneth Green and Dean Salome Raheim. Front row: Brenda DelGado, Willena Price, Ann Marie Garran, Agnes Black and Tilitha Conyers.

A New Project of Significance: The Black Studies Project

UConn School of Social Work is pleased to announce the establishment of the Black Studies Project (BSP).

Black Studies Project Mission

The mission of the Black Studies Project is to further the School of Social Work’s efforts in preparing social work practitioners for culturally competent practice with individuals, families, and communities of African descent. Based on the tenets that every person is entitled to the benefit of physical and mental well-being, supportive family and community systems, and the opportunity to reach their maximum potential, the Black Studies Project is centered around improving the quality of life for Black people, advocating for social and economic justice, cultivating awareness and respect for their cultural values, norms and attitudes, and supporting and celebrating the intrinsic abilities and strengths of Black people.

Black Studies Project Leadership

BSP Director and associate professor, Barris Malcolm, PhD, will work with an advisory group of students, alumni and community practitioners. Fostering active collaboration, BSP will engage faculty and staff, as well as other constituent groups including the Organization of Black Social Work Students, the Black Studies Substantive Area, the University, and the community at large. BSP will sponsor curricular and co-curricular activities, conduct research and engage in service and outreach. Additionally, the Black Studies Project will help to facilitate the significant work faculty and staff are conducting in this area, qualifying them to receive grants and external funding to advance the Project’s mission.

BSP: Advancing Black Studies at UConn School of Social Work

The Black Studies Project (BSP) seeks to create more visibility for Black Studies at the School. “There is a long history of efforts to integrate the history and knowledge of the black population into social work,” says Advisory Committee member and associate professor, Dr. Edna Comer, of the Black Studies Project. Ivor Echols initiated the development of a required course for Social Work students, the Black Experience. Following that, the School’s Black Studies Substantive Area was established in 1984. The Black Studies Project advances scholarship in this area. Read more about Ivor Echols and her pioneering work at University of Connecticut.





For more information about the Black Studies Project contact:

Barris Malcolm
Director, Black Studies Project
University of Connecticut School of Social Work
1798 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 570-9168