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Social Work and Reproductive Justice

April 28, 2022 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work for a Critical Feminist Social Work Roundtable on social work and reproductive justice.

Join Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work for another Critical Feminist Social Work Roundtable. We will hear Zakiya Luna, Stephanie Begun, and Erica Goldblatt Hyatt discuss their use of critical feminisms in social work research. Mery Diaz, Editorial Board member at Affilia, will moderate.

This Zoom webinar is hosted and co-sponsored by the New York College of Technology’s Human Services Department, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Center for LGBTQ Studies. Live Zoom transcription will be enabled for this event.

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Below are bios and recent articles by the moderator and panelists. Articles will be available open-access April 21 – May 5.

Learn more about Affilia at https://journals.sagepub.com/home/aff and follow us on Twitter @AffiliaJournal.


What is the purpose of the webinar? To showcase criticial feminist research and scholarship in social work; promote dialogue and education related to critical feminisms; promote authors who publish in Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work; promote readership, submissions, reviewers, and leadership for Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work.

Will participants be able to ask questions? Participants can ask questions in the Eventbrite registration form and during the webinar via the Q&A function. Moderators will review questions and choose a select number to pose to the panelists during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Will the chat be open? The chat will be closed for all roundtables. With the number of registrants, we want our moderator and panelists to be able to focus on the questions and prompts at-hand.

Moderator: Mery Diaz

Mery F. Diaz, DSW, is an Associate Professor in the Human Services Department at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY. Her work examines the minoritized, racialized, and gendered school experiences of young people, school mental health services, and social justice issues. She is co-editor of Narrating Practice with Children and Adolescents (Columbia University Press, 2019) and is on the editorial board of Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work.

Read Dr. Diaz’s recent co-authored publication in Affilia, From Abortion Rights to Reproductive Justice: A Call to Action at https://doi.org/10.1177/08861099221077153.

Panelist: Zakiya Luna

Zakiya Luna, PhD is Dean’s Distinguished Professorial Scholar in the Department of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Luna’s research is in the areas of social change, sociology of law, health, and inequality. She is interested in social movements, human rights, and reproduction with an emphasis on the effects of intersecting inequalities within and across these sites. She recently published Reproductive Rights as Human Rights: Women of Color and the Fight for Reproductive Justice (New York University Press, 2020). She is currently working on an edited volume, Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis with Whitney Pirtle under contract with Routledge Press. Dr. Luna was also the lead author of the Reproductive Justice review article in the 2013 volume of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and is the co-creator and former co-editor of the University of California Press book series, Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century.

Explore the edited volume that Dr. Luna is currently working on with Whitney Pirtle, Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis at https://blackfeministsociology.com/ and the book series she co-created and co-edited, Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century at https://www.ucpress.edu/series.php?ser=rjnv

Panelist: Stephanie Begun

Stephanie Begun is an Assistant Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, where she also co-founded and co-directs the Youth Wellness Lab, a research collaborative that convenes academic researchers, community-based partners, and youth with a shared goal of improving services and outcomes across multiple intersecting domains by, with, and for youth. Stephanie’s experiences in reproductive justice policy and community organizing prompted her commitment to an academic career in social work research and advocacy. Her scholarship focuses on improving family planning access, education, and outcomes among equity-seeking youth populations, with particular attention paid to youth experiencing homelessness.

Read Dr. Begun’s co-authored publication in Affilia, Pedestal or Gutter: Exploring Ambivalent Sexism’s Relationship with Abortion Attitudes at https://doi.org/10.1177/0886109914555216

Panelist: Erica Golblatt Hyatt

Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt is an Associate Teaching Professor and Acting Director of the DSW Program at the Rutgers University School of Social work. She is an administrator, clinician, author, and activist. She is one of the few specialists in the United States working with people and families who have ended a pregnancy due to fetal anomaly. Her published “ACCEPT” model and DOUBLE RAINBOW approach (co-authored with Judith McCoyd) are the only interventions available for social work and mental health clinicians to support this group specifically. She works with women across the spectrum of perinatal/baby loss, and also specializes in infertility. She is passionate about Reproductive Justice and has been frequently welcomed to advocate for abortion access alongside Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Read one of two publications Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt recently published in Affilia, Examining Social Work Students Knowledge of and Attitudes About Abortion and Curriculum Coverage in Social Work Education at https://doi.org/10.1177/08861099211068241



April 28, 2022
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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