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Committee on Race, Equity, Accountability & Leadership (REAL) Issues


The mission of the REAL Committee is to educate and equip NASW/Texas members to identify and change racist practices within relevant institutions. The REAL committee will promote conditions which encourage respect for the diversity of cultures, including equality and equity of opportunity and treatment in all activities of NASW/Texas and institutions connected to the social work profession. We will do this through education, coalition building, research and community dialogue. The REAL committee’s charge can be found here. 
Special thanks to the NASW/Texas staff and our champions, Miriam Nisenbaum, Nakia Winfield, Joyce James, Dr. Michele Rountree, Dr. Martell Teasley, Naomi Brown, Mike Manor, Dr. Alan Dettlaff and Sandy Bernabei for your assistance in the creation and/or work of this new committee.




Kimberly M. Lauriston, LMSW, Co-Chair (View Kimberly's bio)

Robin Johnson, LMSW, Co-Chair (View Robin's bio)

Nakia Winfield, LMSW, Co-founder (View Nakia's bio)

Totundra Grays, LCSW (View Totundra's bio)

Edna Flowers, LCSW (View Edna's bio)

Dan King

David Babbs

Dr. Jennifer Martin, LCSW (View Jennifer's bio)

Blanca McGee, LCSW, Region 3 Lead

Nicole Meitzen, LMSW, Region 7 Lead


More information about steering committee members and open positions can be found here.






REAL is extremely excited and ready to bring more CE training opportunities and town halls to social workers across the State of Texas. Anti-racism is an important part of social work ethics and we are glad we can serve as a resource. We are excited to continue strengthening our anti-racist framework by sponsoring an Undoing Racism training in the near future. 
If you are interested in hosting a training or town hall, please contact our Event Coordinators, Edna Flowers, at, and Dan King, at




Town Hall Meeting/Training: “Racism: The Challenge for Social Workers”

Cross Creek Hospital (Austin, TX) | June 6, 2018, 11AM

Lunch and CEs provided, free for members & $10 for non-members, RSVP HERE.





In order for REAL to operate effectively and fulfill our committee’s mission and objectives, we need the following roles filled:

Regional Leads (7 needed): Will work with the steering committee to disseminate information to  other social workers in their regions, develop allies with existing coalitions and other members of the community, as well as assist with coordinating committee. (Look up your branch or region using this map.)




It is a goal of the REAL committee to provide the tools necessary for social workers to have informed, effective dialogues about race in the US. Social workers, due to our strong ethics and experience working with marginalized populations, should be on the front lines of these critical conversations.


This list is a compilation of resources and recommendations from our community. Some may speak to you, others may not.If you have a recommendation, please email it to us.


Want to download this Resource List as a PDF? Click here.






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