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.  The acronym is 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.


Schedule of Meetings and Events for Spring 2024

January 2024

  • CBSW-UM MLK Day of Service
Saturday, January 13th, 2024 
Wear your favorite UofM gear while we celebrate and givr back to our community: take pictures with the #CBSWUM.
  • Celebrate MLK Day with CBSW
Monday, January 15th, 2024 
Visit the Civil Rights Museum 450 Mulberry St. 38103.  Free admission.
  • CBSW Social Hour-Main Campus
Friday, January 19th, 2024 I Social Work Student Lounge I McCord Hall Room 111 I 12pm -1pm 

February 2024

  • CBSW-UM Chapter Meeting (Current Members only)
Friday, February 2nd, 2024 I UC Poplar Room 308 I 12pm-1pm I See Virtual Access
  • Coffee and Conversations
Friday, February 23rd, 2024 I
Network and connect with social work professionals over coffee while supporting local minorty owned business.  Special Faculty Guest.

March 2024

  • CBSW Conference
Friday, March 3rd, 2024 I Nashville, TN I 9am-3pm
For more information visit the CBSW website: thecbsw.org/conference
  • CBSW Goes Mad for Memphis Madness
March 2024 I Virtual or In-Person
CBSW members wear your t-shirts and attend Memphis Madness in person or virtually.  #CBSWUM for posting


  • Social Work Day on the Hill Student Advocacy Day
March 2024 
Visit www.naswtn.com for more information
  • CBSW-UM Chapter Meeting and New Officer Elections (closed meeting)
Friday, March 29th, 2024 I UC Senate Room, 261 I 12pm-1pm
Are you interested in running for office?  This is the meeting for elections.

April 2024

  • The 12th Annual Social Work Symposium
Friday, April 12th, 2024 I University Center Memphis Campus
The University of Memphis School of Social Work presents: Social Work: Getting Back to Our Roots and Embracing the Community
  • CBSW Rites of Passage - Virtual Celebration
Monday, April 26th, 2024 I Virtual Even I 6:30pm-8pm
Let us celebrate our graudates, unwind, reflect and celebrate the end of the Spring semester together.  Make your favorite mocktail, to honor our graduates!


Spring 2024:  All CBSW Meeting notifications will be sent via invitation in Microsoft Outlook to your campus email address.  We will also be participating in virtual activities with our sister chapter and students across Tennessee.  
All events are subject to inclement weather cancellatiomn and all University policies.
**Having trouble with registration for a CBSW event?  Contact the Faculty Advisor via email kenya.anderson@memphis.edu  The Co-advisor can be reached at  maustin@memphis.edu

CBSW-UM 2023-2024 Executive Board/Officers

Nylah Stewart, President
Ruth Franklin, Vice-President

CBSW-UM 2023-2024 Executive Board/Officers

Nylah Stewart, President
Ruth Franklin, Vice-President
Vacant, Secretary

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 explore 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
Morganne Austin-Dotson: Co-Faculty Advisor, maustin@memphis.edu