Community Based Anti-Racism Experience

A student listens carefully as someone else speaks. In the background, another student looks on.

Preparation for the Community Based Anti-Racism Experience (CBARE) begins with a course in the second summer, 627 - Community Organizing and Movement Building (COMB). The assignments will provide you with a greater understanding of the placement community you will be entering, as well as a preliminary profile of an organization or coalition designed to address racial and social justice within the community. You will be assigned an instructor who will connect with you during the second summer and provide support, guidance and oversight of the experience. Each month you will submit a reflection log to your instructor as well as co facilitating a meeting and completing a campaign portfolio during the second year practicum.

During your second year internship you will either join a pre-vetted organizing collective or identify a coalition, network or community-based organization engaging in efforts to promote social and racial justice within your community. Over the course of the practicum year (SOCW 682), you will be required to join the work of the coalition or organization and engage in a total of 55 hours of work to strengthen knowledge and skills in organizational and community level social work practice.  

CBARE Coordinator
Loren Cahill stands in the Colored Girls Museum in Philadelphia wearing a black and white blouse. Her arms are folded in front of her.

Loren Cahill, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Loren S. Cahill is an assistant professor at Smith College School for Social Work. Cahill grew up in St. Louis, MO, where she was nurtured by a family of judges…