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NASW-NC Social Worker of the Year on WUNC The State of Things

Tuesday, February 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Meet Iris Carlton-LaNey: The Social Worker Who Inspires Students To Change The System

WUNC The State of Things


Iris Carlton-LaNey is often impressed by the resourcefulness and strength of those living in poor, underserved and rural communities. As a social worker, she has spent a career observing how many in those communities have a strong commitment to hard work, family and religion. And those are values she recognizes from her own upbringing on a tobacco farm in southeastern North Carolina, where education was valued above all.


But her time spent researching and working with rural and African-American communities in the South also showed Carlton-LaNey that even among social workers these strengths are often overlooked or discounted. Despite their intentions, practitioners in her field still fall prey to an overarching system of racism and exclusion that makes it hard to understand people and, subsequently, to help them.


Host Frank Stasio talks with Iris Carlton-LaNey, the Berg-Beach Distinguished Professor of Community Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about how she inspires students to work for systemic change and social justice. Carlton-LaNey’s 40-plus years of teaching social work also include stints at North Carolina State A&T University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Carlton-LaNey will be honored with the 2018 National Association of Social Workers-North Carolina Chapter social worker of the year award on March 23 at the Durham Convention Center.


Listen to the full interview here.

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