#WOCwD Matter!: My Presentation about Women of Color with Disabilities at the SC-NASW Spring SymposiumLeave a Comment
Last week, I attended the SC-NASW 2016 Spring Symposium in Columbia, SC, and was a presenter at the conference. This year’s theme, “Our State in Crisis: Social Work Forging Solutions,” touched on many emotional and controversial subject matters that affected the Palmetto State within the last year. Presentation topics and panel discussions ranged from racism, colorblindness, domestic violence, politics, the flood relief efforts that occurred in the state in October 2015, advocacy efforts on the state and national levels, and a host of other issues that were important for helping professionals to be aware of and learn how they could be a part of the change needed to push our state and profession forward.
My presentation was one of a few that touched on racial issues, and why the disparities should be on the minds of social workers, and what can be done to eradicate the inequalities. I was quite stunned that SC-NASW would host such sensitive topics, but with all of the racially-charged events that occurred in South Carolina in 2015, it was not surprising that racism and race relations would be spotlighted in some way, shape, or form.