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Episode 273 - Ashley Davis and Rebecca Mirick: Only liberal views welcome? Experiences of conservative students in BSW education

Interviewer: Peter Sobota, LCSW

Monday, October 21, 2019, 7:56:04 AM

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In this episode, our guests Dr. Ashley Davis and Dr. Rebecca G. Mirick discuss the dynamics of power and privilege in relation to teaching and social work education, with an emphasis on the experiences of conservative students. They describe their research involving students’ perceptions of microaggressions within classroom, and provide compelling examples of how conservative students have experienced marginalization. Strategies for creating a more inclusive and affirmative learning environment are considered.

Ashley Davis, PhD, MSW, is a clinical associate professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. Currently, she teaches Social Work Research and Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families. Her research interests include addressing white privilege and promoting anti-racism in social work practice and education. She maintains a private practice for individuals and couples in Arlington, Massachusetts. ​

Rebecca G. Mirick, PhD, LICSW is an assistant professor at Salem State College School of Social Work where she teaches clinical practice, human behavior, and research courses to undergraduate and graduate social work students and works as a research consultant for the Riverside Trauma Center. As a clinical social worker, Dr. Mirick has worked with children, adolescents, families and adults in a variety of settings, including outpatient mental health settings; preschools; early Intervention; HeadStart programs; and DYS. Dr. Mirick's research has focused on client engagement, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and suicide prevention.

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