Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series

Join the discussion on equity, inclusion, social work and social justice

The Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series is a virtual, interactive lecture series hosted by the BUSSW Equity & Inclusion Committee. All E&I Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

From Eugenic Practices to Social Policing: Social Work & Reproductive Oppression

Thursday, December 14, 2023
5:30–6:45 pm ET
Virtual (Zoom)


Although Black, Indigenous, disabled, and other marginalized activists have stated for years that Roe v. Wade was not enough to protect people’s reproductive rights, it wasn’t until the 2022 Dobbs decision that broader attention to reproductive rights and calls for reproductive justice resurfaced in mainstream dialogue. Since then, many social work institutions and practitioners have urged those in the field to consider reproductive justice a crucial component of their social justice mission. However, they often overlook the profession’s historical ties to eugenic practice and the continued policing of people’s bodies.

This event will focus on how social workers have contributed to reproductive oppression and identify opportunities for them to incorporate reproductive justice into their practice and personal lives.

1 CE credit will be available to social workers licensed in Massachusetts. Licensed social workers outside of Massachusetts may also receive credit depending on their jurisdiction; see details on states and provinces accepting ASWB ACE credits here. If you wish to receive CE credits, please provide your license number in the registration form.

Featured Speaker:

Greer Hamilton, PhD (she/her) is a transitional postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Her work focuses on examining how systems of oppression are embedded into the built environment and subsequently impact people’s health, well-being, and use of public spaces. She began her research career as a research assistant for Dr. Gretchen Ely who studied how far people had to travel for an abortion prior to the overturning of Roe. She is a board member for the Midwest Access Coalition and formerly the co-chair of the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund.


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Contact Us

To get in touch with the BUSSW Equity & Inclusion Committee, please email swequity@bu.edu.