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Continuing Education Webinar: Check All That Apply: How Performative Anti-Racism Does More Harm – Carmen Reese Foster  – June 20

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET //
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT
Location: Live Zoom webinar
Presentation Title
Check All That Apply: How Performative Anti-Racism Does More Harm

Cost – $23

Zoom information will be emailed to participants the afternoon before and morning of the event. Registration will close two hours before the event start time. This event is live and will not be recorded.

To request a discount code, please follow the instructions below. One discount allowed per purchase.

  • UTCSW Alumni: 25% – please email your graduation year and the program you completed to
  • UTCSW Field Instructors: 50% – please send an email using your agency email address to
  • UTCSW Faculty/Staff: 100% – you may have already received this info; please check your inbox before emailing to request the code.
  • UTCSW Students: 100% – please contact your program staff member for access.

Course Description

It’s been 3 years since the murder of George Floyd shocked the world. Organizations and the social work profession are still wrestling with what authentic anti-racism looks like in practice. While many agencies have checked boxes as a performative act, the research shows that performative and intellectual racism actually does more harm. As social workers, it is not enough to simply engage in hard conversations about race.  We are called to challenge systems and our personal comfort in order to create truly equitable spaces.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the new anti-racist initiatives in the NASW and CSWE;
  2. Identify performative and intellectual acts of anti-racism;
  3. Demonstrate how performative anti-racism and allyship is harmful; and
  4. Discuss ways to authentically embrace anti-racism and to dismantle racist policies and practices.


Participants are eligible to earn 1.5 continuing education units.


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Carmen Foster headshot

About the Presenter

Dr. Carmen Reese Foster, LMSW, LSSW is the Interim MSSW Online Program Director. She joined the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor of Practice and the MSSW Online Field Coordinator for Middle and West Tennessee in 2017.  Carmen received her doctoral training at the University of Alabama in social work with a concentration in organizational leadership. Her doctoral research was titled: “Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 and race-based trauma on the mental health of Black social work providers.” Carmen was the 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) winner at the University of Alabama, and she went on to win 1st place in the 3MT Southern Regional competition becoming the first student in the history of the University of Alabama to win the regional competition.

Carmen is the founder and faculty advisor of the Coalition of Black Social Workers (CBSW), which connects Black social work students with professional social workers of color for the purposes of engaging, connecting, and empowering the next generation of Black social workers. The CBSW recently became a 501c3 organization, and Carmen serves as the Executive Director of the organization. Carmen is also a state-wide leader in field education and is the founder and former Chair of the TN Statewide Field Consortium, which includes representation from almost all of the colleges and universities in the state of Tennessee who offer either a BSW or MSW program.

Carmen’s practice experience includes work with youth and families from marginalized populations, specifically Black youth and families. She has worked in agencies, schools, and for non-profit organizations in Baltimore and Nashville. Carmen regularly presents at national conferences and leads trainings and workshops on anti-racism, race-based trauma, and mental and emotional wellness. She also serves on several boards in the Nashville area. Carmen is passionate about educational equity, racial and cultural humility, and service.

She received her BA from the University of North Carolina, her MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and her DSW from the University of Alabama.