Social work

School of Social Work offers community scholarships for Baltimore History of Oppression and Resistance course

BALTIMORE – Residents of the Baltimore area can now apply for full and partial scholarships for a new community course in Baltimore, A Brief History of Oppression and Resistance: An Introduction.

University of Maryland School of Social Work

The two-hour asynchronous online course is offered by the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW), with full and partial scholarships limited to residents of the City and County of Baltimore by the Diversity Office , equity and inclusion of the school. All are welcome to take the course, offered for $ 80.

This is the first time this course has been offered to the community, and it is a subset of a larger prerequisite course offered to Masters of Social Work students at UMSSW. The original course was developed in 2020 by Ashlie Kauffman, MFA, MA, lead instructional designer, IDEA team, UMSSW; clinical instructors Victoria Stubbs, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, and Victorson Lane, MSW, LMSW; and adjunct faculty member Emma Kupferman, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C. The team that designed the original course were recognized with the 2021 University of Maryland Baltimore Presidential Core Value Award for Diversity.

Community members will learn about some of the historical and contemporary forms of structural oppression and racism that target Black individuals and communities in the city of Baltimore, particularly in relation to issues of discrimination in housing and transportation. . This includes the discriminatory housing practice of denying loans in low-income neighborhoods called redlining, and how gentrification can have negative effects. The course also discusses the impact of the section of US 40 in West Baltimore known as the Freeway to Nowhere.

“This course is a way for us to engage our community in an important and much-needed conversation about historic and contemporary structural oppression in Baltimore by understanding the how and the why,” said Neijma Celestine-Donnor, MSW ’09, LCSW-C, Assistant Dean at UMSSW and Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UMSSW. “Additionally, the course highlights some of the people in the Baltimore community who continue to fight redlining, unfair transportation and other manifestations of racism and oppression in Baltimore and how the community can move forward. before.

“We hope the conversations in this course will create more bridges between the School of Social Work and the community so that we can work together to address both systemic and structural oppression.”

Participants are introduced to the concept of structural oppression using Baltimore as a representation of other cities, communities and populations experiencing oppression and the work that has been and is being done to resist its impact.

For more information on the course and registration, please visit:

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please send an email to [email protected] and include the HOO DEI scholarship in the subject line. Please note that while we understand payment is a challenge for everyone at this time, these scholarships are limited and only for those who need it most. City residents will be preferred.

The comprehensive course taken by Masters of Social Work students at UMSSW consists of four modules: Baltimore Today; the history of oppression in Baltimore; a history and current look at resistance to oppression in Baltimore; and an introduction to how critical thinking frameworks and the principles of social work of empathy, social justice and cultural humility can be used in the classroom and in social work practice.

A central objective of the course is to foster knowledge and reflection on the experiences of the diverse populations that social work students serve. The team’s work included developing the concept and outcomes, presenting the modules, and writing the course content and narration.

A fall 2020 student survey shows the course changes their knowledge, understanding, and comfort in discussing oppression. For example, 87% felt their knowledge of the history of oppression in Baltimore had changed a lot or a lot, and 68% felt their level of fluency in discussing oppression in Baltimore had changed a lot or a lot. .

About the University of Maryland School of Social Work

The University of Maryland School of Social Work, founded in 1961, is highly ranked and respected. Its mission is to train practitioners, leaders and academics to advance the well-being of populations and communities and promote social justice. As national leaders, they create and use knowledge for education, service innovation and policy development.

About the University of Maryland, Baltimore

The University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB) was founded in 1807 as the Maryland College of Medicine, which is today the oldest public medical school in the country. In response to growing social and cultural needs, the mission of UMB has evolved and grown considerably. Widely recognized as a preeminent institution, UMB is the academic university of health, law and social work of USM and is guided by a mission of excellence in education, research, clinical care and of public service.

UMB is a thriving academic health center combining cutting-edge biomedical research, exceptional patient care, and nationally ranked academic programs. With extramural funding totaling $ 682 million in FY2021, each tenured or tenure-track faculty member generates an average of $ 1.5 million in research grants each year. The 3,123 faculty members conduct cutting-edge research and develop solutions and technologies that impact human health locally and globally. World-class facilities and hubs, as well as inter-professional centers and institutes, enable faculty to explore pressing issues in a highly collaborative manner. As a result, the more than 7,200 students, post-docs and interns benefit directly from working and learning alongside leading experts as they push the boundaries of their fields. For a list of organized research centers and institutes, visit: