Minority Social Workers' Perspective Regarding the Recruitment and Retention of People of Color in the Social Work Profession

Publication Year:
2001
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Repository URL:
https://idun.augsburg.edu/etd/173
Author(s):
Bennett, Dana M
Tags:
Social and Behavioral Sciences; Social Work
thesis / dissertation description
Despite the fact that a large portion of people seeking social services are of minority cultural groups, few of-the professionals providing those services are people of color. Research indicates that many factors contribute to the recruitment and retention of people of color in the social work profession. This qualitative study of 8 social work professionals of color explored contributing factors from their perspective. Findings suggest that several barriers exist to the recruitment and retention of people of color in the social work field such as racism, lack of support, and lack of understanding of cultural differences. The findings illustrate that these barriers will continue to limit diversity in the social work profession.