Association of Black Social Workers

The Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) is comprised of people of African ancestry and is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research within the Penn student body, and the community.

ABSW also embodies the values of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. which works to create a world in which people of African ancestry will live free from racial domination, economic exploitation, and cultural oppression.



Kyle Arbuckle


Nicole Morris

ABSW Faculty/Staff

Valerie Allen, DSW

Joretha N. Bourjolly, PhD

Jennifer J. Clinkscales, DSW, LCSW

Adiza Ezell, MSW

Karen Hudson, PhD, LSW