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.


National Association of Black Social Workers

Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

2019 E-Board

Sarah Coquillat, MSW ’20

Vice President
Noel Shipp, MSW ’20

Sandy Lopez, MSW ’20

Raekwon Burton, MSW ’20

2019 General Body Meetings

Wednesday, January 30th
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Caster D26

Wednesday, February 13th
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Caster D28

Wednesday, March 13th
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Caster D26

Wednesday, April 10th
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Caster D28

ABSW Faculty/Staff

Valerie Allen, DSW

Joretha N. Bourjolly, Ph.D.

Robert E. Carter, MSW

Adiza Ezell, MSW

Karen Hudson, MSW, LSW

Jennifer Jones Clinkscales, MSW, LCSW

Jack Lewis, DSW, LCSW

Walter Palmer, MSW, J.D.

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