CalSWEC Staff Are Presenters at NABSW

Two CalSWEC staff were among the presenters at the 44th Annual Conference of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) in Atlanta in April. The conference theme was “A New Era of Social Justice and Civil Rights.”

Mental Health Program Director Gwen Foster and Training and Evidence-Based Practice Specialist Sevaughn Banks presented the workshop “Social Work Workforce Development: A Driver for Social Change.” Ms. Foster presented an overview of the Mental Health Program as a model university-agency partnership for workforce development and described its success in increasing and diversifying the workforce in California. Dr. Banks described technology tools as another driver of social change, discussing examples such as webinars and teleconferencing as well as CalSWEC’s Implementation Toolkits, AB12 Online Resources Guide, Research and Training Network. (Dr. Banks and Ms. Foster are pictured at right.)

Inaugural Research Poster Session
Dr. Banks was also responsible for organizing the conference’s inaugural research poster session and presented “Research Collaboration, Networking, and Mentorship for Ph.D.s and Ph.D. Students.” Dr. Banks had found that doctoral students and academicians reported difficulties in finding and maintaining adequate research and scholarship mentorship. She conducted a survey of attendees at the 42nd NABSW conference to investigate this fact, then presented her findings and discussed methods to build research capacity at this year's conference.

NABSW, founded in 1968 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, is committed to “enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research.” NABSW advocates for social change, justice and human development of African people in the United States and worldwide. Members of their more than 130 affiliate chapters include seasoned practitioners and students of African ancestry who continue the struggle for justice and freedom.