Coalition of Black Social Workers-University of Memphis (CBSW-UM)

The name of this organization shall be the Coalition of Black Social Workers-University of Memphis Chapter.  An acronym will be CBSW-UM.


The mission of the Coalition of Black Social Workers is as follows: The Coalition of Black Social Workers exists to engage, connect, and empower Black social work students and professionals in the community, with the goal of increasing awareness about issues specific to the Black community and cultivating a network of support.

Winter 2022 Newsletter


Spring Newsletter Coming Soon.  You will find information regarding all the Coalition of Black Social Workers chapters and the non-profit organization's support of our mission.  Be sure to read about our leadership, annual conference, and mentorshipp opportunities. 

Our Spring Newsletter will highlight news from our campus chapters, CBSW Conference registrations and graduates.

Schedule of Meetings and Events for Spring 2022

  • Join in January 2022 - Memphis Campus Event
Date and Time TBA I Open Meeting
- Meet the Faculty Advisor and Officers of CBSW-UM!  Discuss the mission, purpose, membership, mentorship, and more!
  • Mentorship & Motivation - CBSW-UM Chapter Meeting
Thursday, January 27th, 2022 I 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM I UC Room 208 (Hybrid) 
- Will be offered in a hybrid format to introduce members and mentorship opportunities as we share our calendar of events for the spring semester.
  • CBSW Black Student Panel - Open to All I Registration Required
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022  I 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM I Virtual
- Join us for an honest conversation as we discuss the experience of being Black and studying Social Work.  Registration required.  Link in the Newsletter above.
  • CBSW Bi-Annual Members Meeting - RSVP required via Email invite
Saturday, February 26th, 2022 I 10:00 AM - 11:00AM I Virtual
- Current members register using Facebook invitation.  Come and get an update on where we've been and where we're going.
  • CBSW ANNUAL 2022 Conference (Virtual)  Click here to register
Friday, March 4th, 2022 I 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM 
- Founder of The Coalition of Black Social Workers, Professor Carmen Reese-Foster presents "Keep That Same Energy!"  Reduction in registration fee for students.
  • CBSW-UM Open Discussion & Elections (Current Members Only)
Thursday, March 31st, 2022 I 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM I Virtual Meeting
- Members interested in becoming an officer with CBSW-UM Chapter campaign before election.
  • Courses, Careers & Competency (Open Meeting)
Thursday, April 14th, 2022 I 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM I Location TBA
- CBSW-UM members, alumni, and guests open discussion with Career Services. 
  • CBSW-UM Rites of Passage I To Be Announnced I For Spring 2022 Graduates 

Virtual meeting instructions

Spring 2022: All CBSW Meeting notifications will be sent via invitation in Microsoft Outlook to your campus email address.  We will be participating in virtual activities with our sister chapter and students across Tennessee.

Having trouble with registration for a CBSW event?  Contact the Faculty Advisor via email at Kenya.Anderson@memphis.edu


CBSW-UM 2021-2022 Executive Board/Officers

Officer Elections in April 2022.

Engage. Connect. Empower.

CBSW-UM is looking for student leaders dedicated to active pursuit of the mission and goals of the Coalition of Black Social Workers.  CBSW emphases Black Excellence in person and practice.  We need leadership today who will support the vision for tomorrow.  CBSW-UM members are encouraged to consider time and commitment in service to the Coalition of Black Social Workers.  Members are invited to contact Faculty Advisor, Ms. Kenya Anderson, to discuss and ecplore leadership opportunities.

Schedule a 30-minute CBSW-UM appointment with the Faculty Advisor: https://calendly.com/kconley-3anderson/cbsw-um-member-meeting 

NOTE: In order to be eligible for and maintain an executive board position, the student must be in good academic standing with the School of Social Work and demonstrate commitment to the mission through engagement, practice,and service.


Membership, Allyship & Mentorship

Membership is open to all students, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.  We welcome all social work students and professionals to join us in actualizing our mission.  

Interested in membership with the Coalition of Black Social Workers?  Contact the Faculty Advisor at 901-678-3400.


CBSW-UM Apparel Line

CBSW-UM has swag!   Click here for more information.

Organization Policy

You can view the Constitution and bylaws here: CBSW-UM CONSTITUTION

Internship Opportunity

Are you interested in a macro social work internship with the CBSW-UM Chapter?  Click here for a description of the requirements.  Contact the faculty advisor to discuss.

Faculty Advisor

Kenya Anderson : Email our advisor at  Kenya.Anderson@memphis.edu