Anti-Racism and Inclusion Resources for Students, Social Workers and Community

Dean Nina Heller

Message from the Dean

The UConn School of Social Work stands together in staunch opposition to all forms of systemic racism and violence and is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion for all. We are especially called at this time to redouble our efforts as a school community to commit ourselves to the analysis of structural inequities and to the promotion of teaching, scholarship, and community/professional action that reflects this commitment to change. We support the principles of the Black Lives Matters movement and will work to ensure a sense of belonging among our students, faculty, and staff of color. 
Please visit this site often, as it will be frequently updated with resources - and importantly, with updates about what the UConn SSW is doing to advance our commitment - through our course syllabi and teaching, our research, scholarship, and programming. 
If ever there were a moment for social work, this is it. None of this can be done alone. Please join with me and with each other in a spirit of listening, learning, and influencing for change.


In solidarity,
Nina Rovinelli Heller, PhD
Dean and Zachs Chair in Social Work


UConn SSW Faculty Scholarship

Racism in the United States by Joshua Miller and Ann Marie Garran. Springer Publishing Co. 2nd edition 2017.

Kang, H.K. and Garran, A.M. (in press). Microaggressions in social work classrooms: Strategies for pedagogical intervention. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work.

Garran, A.M. & Rasmussen, B.M. (2016). In the line of duty: Racism in health care. Commentary. Social Work.

Garran, A.M., Aymer, S., Gelman, C., & Miller, J. (2015). Team teaching anti-oppression with diverse faculty: Challenges and opportunities. Social Work Education: The International Journal.

Garran, A.M., Kang, H., & Fraser, E. (2014). Pedagogy and diversity: Enrichment and support for social work instructors engaged in social justice education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 34(5): 564-574.

Garran, A.M., & Rasmussen, B. (2014). Safety in the classroom: Reconsidered. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 34(4): 401-412.

Garran, A.M. (2013). Lessons learned: Racial enactments in the treatment process. Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community, 27(3): 305-317.

Garran, A.M. & Werkmeister Rozas, L. (2013). Cultural competence revisited. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 22(2): 97-111.

Mogro-Wilson, C., Drake, A., Coman, E., Sanghavi, T., Martin-Peele, M. & Fifield, J.A. (2020).  Increasing condom usage for African American and Hispanic young fathers in a community based intervention.  Ethnicity and Health, 25(3), 408-419.

Mogro-Wilson, C., Loomis, A.M., Hayes, C., & Rojas, R.  (2019).  Emerging bicultural views of fatherhood: Perspectives of Puerto Rican fathers. Advances in Social Work, 19(1), 311-328.

Mogro-Wilson, C., Loomis, A.M, Coman, E., & Fifield, J.A.   (2019).  African American, Puerto Rican & Non-Puerto Rican Hispanic fathers' differential responses to a parenting intervention Social Work in Public Health, 34(7), 583-595.

Loomis, A.M. & Mogro-Wilson, C.  (2019). Effects of cumulative adversity on preschool self-regulation and student-teacher relationships in a highly dense Hispanic community. Infants and Young Children, 32(2), 107-122.

Mogro-Wilson, C., Loomis, A.M , Hayes, C., Drake, A., Martin-Peele, M., & Fifield, J.  (2018).  Supporting recruitment and retention of young African-American and Hispanic fathers in community-based parenting interventions research. Advances in Social Work, 18(4), 1068-1084.

Mogro-Wilson, C., & Fifield, J.A. (2018).  Engaging young minority fathers in research: Basic needs, psychological needs, culture, and therapeutic alliance.   American Journal of Public Health, 108(S1), S15-16.

Bazzi, A.R., Mogro-Wilson, C., Negi, N., Reingle Gonzalez, J.M., Cano, M.A., Castro, Y., & Cepeda, A. (2017).  Developing scientists in Hispanic substance use and health disparities research through the creation of a national mentoring network, Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 25(2), 151-165.

Mogro-Wilson, C., Rojas, R., & Haynes, J. (2016).    A Cultural Understanding of the Parenting Practices of Puerto Rican Fathers, Social Work Research, 40(4), 237-248.

Mogro-Wilson, C.  (2016). School predictors of alcohol use in high school Hispanic and non-Hispanic youths.  Child and Youth Services, 37(3), 214-230.

Medina, C., Pellegrini, L.+  & Mogro-Wilson, C.  (2014). Political power and health inequalities in Vieques Puerto Rico.  Social Work in Public Health, 29, 401-416.

Mogro-Wilson, C.  (2013). Parenting in Puerto Rican Families.  Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 94(4), 235-241.

Mogro-Wilson, C., Negroni, L.K., & Hesselbrock, M.N. (2013).  Puerto Rican parenting and acculturation in families experiencing substance use and intimate partner violence.  Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13, 50-69.

Mogro-Wilson, C. (2011).  Resilience in vulnerable and at-risk Latino families.  Infants and Young Children, 24(3), 267-279.

Mogro-Wilson, C., Strolin, J., & Matto, H.  (2009). Methodological issues for university collaboration with a rural Latino community and substance abusing population.  Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 9(2), 204-214.

Mogro-Wilson, C.  (2008). The influence of parental warmth and control on Latino adolescent alcohol use.  Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 30(1), 89-105.

Mogro-Wilson, C.  (2017).  Latino Fathers and Parenting: Lessons learned from Puerto Rican fathers.  Invited blog for OUPblog: Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World, Retrieved June 22, 2017

Goggin, E., Werkmeister Rozas, L. & Garran, A.M. (2015). A case of mistaken identity. Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community.

Werkmeister Rozas, L. & Garran, A.M. (2015). Towards a human rights culture in social work. British Journal of Social Work.

UConn SSW Just Community

Just Community comprises faculty, staff, and BSW, MSW, and PhD student representatives. Its role is to facilitate and support educational and advocacy efforts and to enhance inclusion of more anti-oppressive practices in our classrooms, programming, and in our daily interactions with one another at the school and our many communities. Through the power of education and advocacy we work for social change within the ideological, intrapersonal, and institutional levels. The ultimate goal is justice and inclusion for all.

Margaret Lloyd Sieger and Regina Lester-Harriat





UConn Courses

Special Topics: U.S. Anti-Black Racism

UNIV 1985; UNIV 3985
1-Credit Course
Free to all UConn students, faculty and staff

This class will be offered to undergraduate and graduate students

For more information


So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Racism Without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Educardo Bonilla-Silva

Two Faced Racism Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage by Leslie Picca and Joe Feagin

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide by Crystal Fleming

The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fiction into Ethnic Factions by Vilna Bashi Treitler

Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach by Tanya Golash Boza

Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations by Joe Feagin

White Rage; the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Black Americans by Alphonso Pinkney

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington

The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry by Maryann Erigha

Code of the Street by Elijah Anderson

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Woodson

Black Wealth/White Wealth by Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro

Black Skin White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Killing Rage: Ending Racisim by bell hooks

Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics by Maureen T. Reddy & Bonnie TuSmith

Intersectionality in Higher Education: Identity and Inequality on College Campuses by W. Carson Byrd, Rachelle J. Brunn-Bevel & Sarah M. Ovink

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

Ferguson is America by Jamala Rogers

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji  & Anthony G. Greenwald

Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People by Ben Crump

Hartford Public Library collection of books, websites and articles about anti-racism and the Black Lives Matter movement


Scholarship & Blogs

The Faculty - A community of academics and storytellers writing and sharing thoughts about teaching, learning, research, and life.

When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels by Rachel Cargle

The White Feminist Savior Complex (blog) by Anne Theirault

The White Savior Industrial Complex by Teju Cole

A Historical Perspective on Social Work & Race 

Anti-Racist Social Work Practice (

Defunding the Police Will Actually Make Us Safer (ACLU)

McMahon, A., & Allen-Meares, P. (1992). Is Social Work Racist? A Content Analysis of Recent Literature. Social Work, 37(6), 533-539. June 12, 2020. 

Corley, N. A., & Young, M. P. (2018). Is Social Work Still Racist? A Content Analysis of Recent Literature
Social Work, Volume 63, Issue 4, October 2018, Pages 317–326.

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus (JSTOR Daily)

Samuel R. Aymer (2016) “I can’t breathe”: A case study—Helping Black men cope with race-related trauma stemming from police killing and brutality, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26:3-4, 367-376. 

A brief from the Urban Institute on eliminating structural racism  

Briefs, reports, research, etc., from the Urban Institute  

A recent essay by Ibram Kendi on anti-black racism: 

An essay on how the pandemic has exposed the hypocrisy of the American racial contract:  

Essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates makes the case for reparations:

A public and open resource of writings from African American scholars on a variety of topics -

UConn Africana Studies Statement on Anti-Racism

Bullock, Karen. (2020). Racism Fatigue. Racism and its concomitant circumstances have created atmospheric pressure that leave individuals feeling exhausted. This racism fatigue has become more apparent to me over the past few months, than ever before; and there was no “Aha” moment. It has been a long, slow evolution.

Radio & Podcasts

Mogro-Wilson, C.  (2019).  Episode 274 – Dr. Cristina Wilson: Latino Parenting and the Latino Father.  Invited PodCast for inSocialWork ®  a Podcast series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.  Available at:

Code Switch (NPR) 

Uncivil (podcast) 

1A (NPR) 

Economic Policy Institute (Podcast with Valerie Wilson)  

Statistics and Data

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' maintains more than a dozen national data collections, covering federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and special topics in law enforcement.

Graphics showing the spread of police violence throughout America.

How do you measure justice?

Data outlining incarceration trends in America, racial disparities in incarceration, drug sentencing disparities, and the effects of incarceration.

An analysis of #BlackLivesMatter and other Twitter hashtags related to political or social issues.

Finding from a 2019 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences

Black Lives Matter: Claiming a Space for Evidence-Based Outrage in Obstetrics and Gynecology

New York Times | June 2020

Research on law enforcement and racial conflict in the wake of Ferguson

UConn SSW Faculty Research

Effect of a nurse case management intervention for hypertension self-management in low-income African Americans
Bev Zabler, Pei-Yun Tsai, Michael Fendrich, Young Cho, Murad H. Taani, Rachel Schiffman in Contemporary Clinical Trials. Published: June 14, 2018

Factors Related to Medication Self-Management in African American Older Women
Julie L. Ellis, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC; Christine R. Kovach, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA; Michael Fendrich, PhD; Oluwatoyin Olukotun, PhD, RN; Vanessa K. Baldwin, BSN, RN; Weiming Ke, PhD; Barbara Nichols, MSN, RN, FAAN, DS-HC. Research in Gerontological Nursing. 2019;12(2):71-79. Posted: March 20, 2019.

Funding Resources Racial Justice, Social Justice, Health Disparities

Black Lives Matter


Do the Right Thing 

Netflix(Black Lives Matter - films, series and documentaries)

13th (2016 Netflix)

American Son (2019 Neflix)

I am Not Your Negro (2017 Amazon Prime)

Get Out (2017 Amazon Prime)

Fruitvale Station (2013 Amazon Prime)

Selma (2014 Amazon Prime)

Whose Streets? (2017 Amazon Prime)

When They See Us (2019 Netflix)

Just Mercy (2019 Amazon Prime)



DSS Videos

The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) Statewide Affirmative Action Advisory Committee collaborated with the Office of Organizational and Skill Development, which is a partnership between the UConn School of Social Work and DSS, to create a series of videos on various communities to increase awareness and understanding. The development and representation of the communities was led by people in these communities. 

"Black Voices Matter" Video





UConn School of Social Work is part of UConn Alumni's #ThisIsAmerica series, which brings together UConn faculty, alumni, and students to discuss and unpack systematic racism, social justice, and human rights issues. It spotlights the individuals, organizations and movements fighting for justice and equity, and against oppression and white supremacy.

View upcoming #ThisIsAmerica events and our Social Justice Resource Guide.

Black History 365

Created by students, BH365 exists to promote Black history and current affairs that influence the varied experiences of the Black community and to give a voice to the student experience at the UConn School of Social Work. For upcoming events and more information, visit the BH365 event page.