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Great news from today's MN BOSW meeting!
We're thrilled to report that in their public board meeting today, our MN Board of Social Work passed a motion to:

  • Analyze our MN social work licensing exam pass/fail data by race and ethnicity over the past 5 years

  • Develop a plan to track, monitor, and utilize the data in the future

  • Share the data publicly

  • Establish an ad-hoc committee to work on this over the next year
 
While the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) danced around the issue early in the meeting and reiterated their unwillingness to share the National data, our MN Board of Social Work later passed a motion to submit a formal request to the ASWB board for the National data.
 
This is a huge step toward informing data-informed decisions on how to support and advance racial equity within our profession, and work towards ensuring that BIPOC people are not being excluded from the profession of social work. It also sets a precedent for other states to do the same while we await the National data from ASWB.
Thank you to our partners in this effort: the MN Association of Black Social Workers, the MN Hmong Social Workers' Coalition, and all of the social workers who shared written and verbal public comment with the MN Board of Social Work today - this was another great example that advocacy works!

Karen Goodenough, MSW, LGSW
Executive Director, NASW-MN
NASW-MN | 651.293.1935

The mission of NASW-MN is to support, inspire, and equip a diverse and inclusive membership of social workers across Minnesota.