Educating Professionals for Practice in a Multicultural Society: Understanding Oppression and Valuing Diversity

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Cathryne L. Schmitz, Professor Emeritus (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The United States is a society diverse in culture, race, ethnicity, religion, and income; one struggling with a past involving oppression. inequality, and buried knowledge. In order to heal and strengthen. we must educate ourselves about the many strands of our history; grow to appredate and enjoy the multiple cultures, races, and realities; and recognize the consequences of current and historical oppression. Social work professionals can and should play a lead role. Social work educators can provide leadership in developing learning opportunities with parallel foci on the history and impact of oppression, and the strength and joy of diversity. After a review of the issues, a model is presented for guidinglfadlitating this early learning.

Additional Information

Families in Society; Nov/Dec 2001; 82, 6; Research Library pg. 612
Language: English
Date: 2002
Critical theory, Oppression, Diversity, Multiculturalism, Pluralism, Social work

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