003: Anti-racism work as a white social worker
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Episode Highlights

  • How Sandy got involved in anti-racism work as a social worker
  • Promoting anti-racism education in the social work and human services professions
  • How white people can work through their emotions when doing anti-racism work
  • What white people have lost as a result of white supremacy
  • How she worked through challenges that came up

People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond

Anti-racist Alliance

Sandra Bernabei

Sandra Bernabei, LCSW, NYC Chapter Past President of the National Association of Social Workers (2014-16), NYC metro area community organizer, private practitioner with a focus on depression, anxiety and addictions.

Sandy is a founding member of the Antiracist Alliance, an antiracist organizing collective of New York City area human service practitioners. ARA is building a movement to to bring an analysis of structural racism as outlined by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond to social work education and practice. Over 12,000 educators and Human services practitioners have participated in the undoing racism/community organizing workshops to date.

She has over 30 years experience in the field of addictions and has served as directors of Barnard College/Columbia University, Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Program, the Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence in Rockland County- New York, and the Chemical Dependency Training Institute for Addiction Specialist.

She currently serves as a board member for The Center for the Study of White American Culture, member of The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond leadership team, Westchester County Human Rights Liaison Committee for Town of Greenburgh and on NASW Council for Chapter Presidents.

On October 20, 2016 she received the  Dr. James R. Dumpson Chapter Service Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to the New York City Chapter.

In 2012 she received the Social Worker of the Year Award for NASW Westchester Division. In January 2008 she received a recognition award for establishing the Rockland County Drug Court. In May 2008 she was the recipient of the NASW NYC Social Work Image Award.

Sandy is also the recipient of the 2007 WestCOP Community Service Award for her steadfast commitment to focus on undoing racism for low income and at-risk populations in Westchester and Putnam Counties, NY.

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