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.

Fall 2022 Newsletter- Coming Soon


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 mentorship opportunities. 

Schedule of Meetings and Events for Fall 2022

  • Student Involvement Fair 2022- Memphis Campus Event
Monday, August 22, 2022, I UM Alumni Mall
- Meet the Faculty Advisor and Officers of CBSW-UM!  Discuss the mission, purpose, membership, mentorship, and more!
  • Meet & Greet - Brunch with the Executive Director, Dr. Carmen Reese-Foster
Thursday, September 8, 2022, I UC River Room, 300 I 8:3AM -11:30AM
- Meet the founder of The Coalition of Black Social Workers, Dr. Carmen Reese-Foster in our first coffee and conversation about the CBSW vision with local mentors and motivation. 
  Click here to join via zoom. .
  • Mentorship Workshop - Virtual Event
Wednesday, September 14, 2022, I 11:30AM - 1:00PM  via Zoom
- Workshop to explore mentorship opportunities and the benefits for all. 
  • Open House: Meet the Social Work Faculty I Undergraduates Only
Tuesday, September 27, 2022, I 1:30PM - 3:00PM I Virtual, click here to join.  
- The School of Social Work hosts an informative session on the undergraduate social work program and tips on how to be successful during matriculation.
  • CBSW-UM Chapter Meeting (Current Members Only)
Friday, October 7, 2022, I 4:00PM - 6:00PM I Virtual Meeting Access.
-Graduate School preparation session from 5:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Social Justice Viewing: Speaking Truth to Power 
Thursday, October 13, 2022, I 5:30PM - 8:30PM I Psychology Auditorium ( Room 200 ).  On campus event.
- Join a viewing of the documentary, Speaking Truth to Power depicting the life of Representative Barbara Lee, a social worker.
  • CBSW-UM Service Project with Volunteer Memphis -
October 2022, I To be announced I Community Location TBA 
- Current members expected to participate in community engaged scholarship.
November 2022,
- Celebrate Black Excellence in Research & Film: Social Event TBA.

Virtual meeting instructions

Fall 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 2022-2023 Executive Board/Officers

Keena Gilbert, President
Jennifer Pierce, 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