Under the leadership of Dr. Matt Moore, Dr. Jonel Thaller, and BSW Student CeCe Dumas, the Department of Social Work created the Black Student Social Work Association (BSSWA). BSSWA seeks to promote the academic and social development of Black social work students and students from other disciplines. By connecting black social work students and other members to campus and community resources, BSSWA will help support the overall development and well-being of all members. While the primary focus of this group is on the needs of black students, BSSWA is open to all individuals regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or any other demographic. The association is also open to both undergraduate and graduate students. One of the first tasks of this group was to share in the development of a statement of racial inequality.

A Statement on Racial Inequality

The Ball State Student Social Work Association (SSWA) and Black Student Social Work Association (BSSWA) are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of Mr. George Floyd, Ms. Breonna Taylor, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, as well as those who continue to suffer from instances of unnecessary violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and communities of the lives lost.

Per the Social Work Code of Ethics (National Association of Social Workers NASW, 2017), our core values and ethical principles are based on service, social justice, the dignity and worth of a person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. It is essential during this time that we continue to uphold these values and principles. We can do this by advocating for those who are being oppressed.

It is a primary duty of social workers to address social problems and challenge social injustice. During this time of unrest in our country, as well as in our own community, it is our obligation to join in this fight for the equality of those feeling vulnerable. This includes fighting the systemic racism that is afflicting our communities. We can do this by joining others in this historic struggle for the fair treatment of the Black population.

The Student Social Work Association stands in solidarity with the protestors wishing to share their voice. As future social workers, we will continue to advocate in ways that propel us into a greater society. We envision a society free of prejudice – a society that promotes social justice and peace.

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