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.

 Spring 2023 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 Spring 2023

  • CBSW-UM MLK day of Service (Members, wear your favorite UofM gear while we celebrate and give back to our community; take pictures with hashtag #CBSWUM)
Monday, January 16th, 2023 I See availabile opportunities here: 
  • CBSW-UM Chapter Meeting (Current Members Only)
Friday, Feburary 3rd, 2023 I UC Memphis B Room 340 I 12:00PM-2:00PM I Virtual Access
- Zoom link soon 
  • Coffee and Conversations
Friday, February 10th, 2023  I 9:00AM-10:30AM  (location TBA)
- Network and connect with Social Work professionals over coffee while supporting a Black owned business. 
  • CBSW Conference
Friday, March 3rd, 2023  I Nashville, TN I 9:00AM-3:00PM  
- Travel details and accommodations coming soon!
  • CBSW Goes Mad!
March 2023  I Virtual Meeting and In-person
-CBSW members, wear your  t-shirts and attend Memphis Madness in person or virtually, hashtag #CBSWUM to post pictures
  • Social Work Day on the Hill
Wednesday, March 29th, 2023 I Details coming soon
  • CBSW-UM Chapter Meeting & New Officer Elections (closed meeting)
Friday, March 31st, 2023, I UC Memphis B Room 340B I 12:00PM-2:00PM
- Are you interested in running for office?
  • 11th Annual Social Work Symposium
Friday, April 14th, 2023 I University of Memphis
- Details coming soon! 
  • Virtual Kickback!
Tuesday, Apil 25th, 2023 I Virtual Event I 6:30PM-8:00PM

-Let's unwind, reflect and celebrate the end of the Spring semester together. Make your favorite mocktail, and don't forget to the share the recipe!


Virtual meeting instructions

Spring 2023: 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.  The Co-advisor can be reached at maustin@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