Advancing Racial Justice

An annual conference of practitioners and scholars sharing knowledge and research about current issues in clinical practice.


Maintaining the health of our Smith community and the wider clinical community is our priority. Due to growing concerns about COVID-19, we have made the necessary decision to cancel the on-campus conference. Many of the breakout sessions are being offered as Virtual Seminars. You can learn more about those sessions and register here

Advancing Racial Justice: 
Strategies for Clinical Practice and Systems Change 

June 26, 2020

People of color experience oppression, violence and bias at alarming rates. What role do social workers and other clinicians play in advancing racial justice and fostering equity within our communities? How do we recognize and combat our own biases in our clinical work and within the systems in which we work?  

Identity and the sociopolitical experiences related to it shape the therapeutic process for clinicians and clients individually and together, join us to explore how we can expand our capacity as clinicians working with clients racially and culturally different than ourselves, deepen our work from a place of openness and respect and advance the principles of racial justice in our personal, professional and clinical lives.


Keynote speaker: Joy DeGruy, Ph.D.

Plenary: Jessica Pryce, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Check back soon for registration information, agenda, and more. 

View photos from last year's conference.