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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 that 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.
Special thanks to the NASW/Texas staff and our champions, Kimberly M. Lauriston, Robin Fay Johnson, 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.




Kerry Ann Zamore-Frazier, LCSW, Chair

Dr. Totundra "Shay" Grays, LCSW  Region 3

Nicole Meitzen, LMSW Region 7

Stephanie Villa (Region 6)          

Christian Salas (El Paso)



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.

For REAL to operate effectively and fulfill our committee’s mission and objectives, we need you. We need strong leadership in several regions.


REAL is excited to work with the steering committee to disseminate information to other social workers in their regions, develop allies with existing coalitions and other members in their region, as well as assist with coordinating committee. See (Look up your branch and/or region using this map.)

If you are interested in joining the committee or hosting an event, please contact Kerry-Ann Zamore Frazier at




Virtual Webinars: "Racial Equity Accountability and Leadership in Social Work Practice during COVID." Register for the next webinar HERE.

  • July 15 at Noon, "Racial Equity Accountability and Leadership in Social Work - Impact on Policing"
  • August 19 at Noon, "Impact on Education"
  • September 16 at Noon


  • Social Work Advocacy Day, REAL Race Symposium: “Examining The Racial Impact of Proposed Legislation”, March 6, 2020, Texas Capitol Building
  • "Social Determinants of Health: The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color", June 7, 2020, Virtual Webinar 




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 the community. Some may speak to you, others may not. If you have a recommendation, please email us to submit it.


Download Resource List here.





REAL stands with NASW in condemning the atrocities surrounding the murder of George Floyd. Please follow REAL on our new Facebook page.







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