2021 CalSWEC Title IV-E Summit: Anti-Racism Series

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The Title IV-E Summit is CalSWEC's largest annual event.

This child welfare conference is designed to bring social work practitioners, educators, and Title IV-E students together around a pertinent child welfare theme. In response to the ongoing call for sustained, anti-racist action, the Title IV-E Team and Student Planning Committee held a three-part 2021 CalSWEC Title IV-E Summit: Anti-Racism Series in early 2021. See below for recordings and more information about our presenters.                                                                                              


  • Identifying the Structures That Hinder Anti-Racism Reform Within Public Child Welfare 


  • Title IV-E Stipend Program Students & Graduates 
  • University Faculty & Staff
  • Tribal Community Partners
  • Public Child Welfare Agency Partners
  • Other Community Partners


WATCH SESSION 1 (Recorded on Jan 27, 2021)

Read more about Session 1 speakers

Time (PST)             Activity

Welcome & Land Acknowledgment

Pamela Villasenor - Authorized ICWA Representative, Fernandeno Tataviam Band Of Mission Indians


Creating an Anti-Racist Child Welfare Workforce through Inclusive Policies

Anzette Shackelford, MSW, LCSW - Training Development Manager

Ashley Weitensteiner, B.S., MSW Intern - Training Development Manager

Academy for Professional Excellence, CWDS

3:00-3:10PM Break

ICWA - How Past, Present & Future Policies Impact Practice and Tribal Families

Vida Castaneda, MSW - Senior Analyst

Ann Gilmour, JD - Attorney

Tribal/State Programs Unit, Judicial Council of California



WATCH SESSION 2 (Recorded on Feb 26, 2021)

Read more about Session 2 speakers.

Time (PST) Activity

Welcome & Black History Acknowledgment


Child Welfare and Anti-Racism Stakeholder Roundtable 
Subject matters experts will discuss anti-racism, child welfare, and intersectionality with:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Law Enforcement
  • Policy

Moderated by Wendy Ashley, Psy.D, MSW, LCSW - Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Social Work, CSUN

3:00-3:05PM Break
3:05-4:00PM  Child Welfare and Anti-Racism Stakeholder Roundtable continued
4:00-4:10PM Closing

WATCH SESSION 3(Recorded on Mar 24, 2021)

Read more about Session 3 speakers

Time (PST) Activity
2:00-2:10PM Welcome

California Youth Connection

Hear from former foster youth, Tashianna Brown and Lania Whiteside,

on what anti-racism reform in child welfare means to them

3:00-3:10PM Break

Strengthening Families Using a Racial Equity Lens 

Jessica Pryce, PhD, MSW - Executive Director

Florida Institute for Child Welfare, Florida State University

4:00-4:10PM Closing

IV-E STUDENTS ONLY - Public Child Welfare Resource Zone - Apr 2021

Time (PST) Activity

April 23, 2021 


Public Child Welfare Resource Zone

Reach out to your school's IV-E coordinator if you are interested in attending next year!

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  • Presenter resources and materials will be populated in THIS SHARED FOLDER
  • Do you have an anti-racism and child welfare resource you would like to share with the wider IV-E community? PLEASE SUBMIT HERE


  • If you have questions regarding the CalSWEC Title IV-E Summit and/or would like to join our distribution list, please email calswec_events@berkeley.edu


Partial funding for these meetings is provided by the CDSS and sponsorship through NASW-CA. 

CDSS                           NASW-CA

UC Berkeley sits on the territory of xučyun (Huichin), the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people, the successors of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and other familial descendants of the Verona Band. 
We recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from, the use and occupation of this land, since the institution’s founding in 1868. Consistent with our values of community, inclusion and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. As members of the Berkeley community, it is vitally important that we not only recognize the history of the land on which we stand, but also, we recognize that the Muwekma Ohlone people are alive and flourishing members of the Berkeley and broader Bay Area communities today. Reference and credit for this land acknowledgement goes to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and Native American Student Development.