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Welcome to  Richmond, VA 

The Richmond Association of Black Social Workers (RABSW) was founded in 1971 and is an affiliate chapter of The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc.

We are comprised of professional social workers and others of African ancestry who are committed to advocating for social change, justice, and enhancing the well-being of black people throughout the City of Richmond and surrounding counties.

Honoring Our Beloved Co-Founder

Greetings RABSW Family, Our Beloved Chapter Co-Founder, Mr. Elmer T Seay Jr. has peacefully made his transition to the Ancestor realm. He lived to be 90 years old, and cultivated a life and legacy of activism as a social worker. 

RABSW Membership

The work of our organization is guided by our code of ethics and grounded in African-centered principles. Our aim is to build a network of practitioners, researchers, scholars, and community members that will leverage relationships, share knowledge, and utilize their skills for the benefit of those we serve.


We appreciate your interest in our organization and encourage you to learn more on how to become a member and join us in serving the Greater Richmond Community.
 

Harambee! (Let us pull together)

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Code of Ethics

We are ensuring that our work is centered on the rights of Black people and our communities. We promote cultural competence in our work by upholding the highest standards of professional conduct. Our Code of Ethics serves to ensure that we are working to improve the lives of those we serve.

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News & Events

We are dedicated to keeping our members and the public informed the latest news and events happening in the city of Richmond. Learn more about upcoming community events, local news, and updates from the city. 

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Job Postings

We are committed to providing support for our members to have access to employment and workforce development. Check out job postings for open positions, and professional opportunities for career advancement in the field of social work. 

Apply for our 2024 Scholarship!

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 RABSW Scholarship. Every year, we offer an opportunity for our chapter members to refer college level students who are committed to the upliftment and improvement of social conditions in the African American community.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduating High School Senior accepted to a two-year college or university full-time

  • Full-time student at a two or four-year college or university

  • Has maintained a GPA of at least 2.5

  • Applicants in social work or related field encouraged to apply

Our application deadline is April 1, 2024.

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RABSW chapter members at The Macro Brew in support of Bob Peay and his scholarship fund for VCU SWAPPP students (left to right: Dr. Renata Hendrington-Jones, Laurenia Mangum, Bob Peay, Tina Bowman, and Kevin Holder).

The Enstoolment Ceremony for our chapter founders and pioneers on December 2nd, 2017. (pictured above from top left to right: Clinton Strane, James "Jim" Ryan, Aubrey Flippen, Francis “Frank” Nelson, John Purnell, and Robert "Bob" Peay. (pictured bottom left to right: Dr. Sandra Mitchell, Dr. Mabel Wells, Willie Dell, and Elmer Seay. Honoree not present: Dr. Norma Goode Posthumous honorees: Thomas Baynham, Ed Brown, Oliver Epps, and Hilda Warden

The Enstoolment Ceremony for our chapter founders and pioneers on December 2nd, 2017. (pictured above from top left to right: Clinton Strane, James "Jim" Ryan, Aubrey Flippen, Francis “Frank” Nelson, John Purnell, and Robert "Bob" Peay. (pictured bottom left to right: Dr. Sandra Mitchell, Dr. Mabel Wells, Willie Dell, and Elmer Seay. Honoree not present: Dr. Norma Goode Posthumous honorees: Thomas Baynham, Ed Brown, Oliver Epps, and Hilda Warden

RABSW chapter members at Virginia Union University panel discussion (left to right: Lashawnda Singleton, Jackie Washington, Laurenia Mangum, Silka Steele, Dr. Renata Hendrington-Jones, and Olufemi Shepsu).

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We are always looking for new ways to partner with our community and create meaningful connections for the Greater Richmond Area. Contact us today to work with us!

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Upcoming Events

  • Black Social Work Speed Networking Mixer
    Black Social Work Speed Networking Mixer
    Sat, Mar 02
    Black Iris Social Club
    Mar 02, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Black Iris Social Club, 321 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
    Mar 02, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Black Iris Social Club, 321 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
    Celebrate National Social Worker month with RABSW!
  • NABSW 56th Annual Conference
    NABSW 56th Annual Conference
    Time is TBD
    New Orleans
    Time is TBD
    New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
    Time is TBD
    New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
    Join the National Association of Black Social Workers for our upcoming annual conference being held March 26-30, 2024 in New Orleans, LA.
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