Achieve equal opportunity and justice

In the United States, some groups of people have long been consigned to society’s margins. Historic and current prejudice and injustice bars access to success in education and employment. Addressing racial and social injustices, deconstructing stereotypes, dismantling inequality, exposing unfair practices, and accepting the super diversity of the population will advance this challenge. All of this work is critical to fostering a successful society.  [See Brief Description]

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Our Leadership

Network Co-Leads to Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice: Rocío Calvo, Jeremy Goldbach and Ruth McRoy.

Policy Recommendations

McRoy, R. G., Padilla, Y. C., Calvo, R., Goldbach, J. T., & Teasley, M. L. (with Amaro, H., … Waters, M. C.). (2016, September). Policy recommendations for meeting the Grand Challenge to Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Policy Brief No. 12). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare.


  • April 25-27, 2016, “SI SE PUEDE: Social Workers United For Latino Advancement Conference”, NYU, Silver School of Social Work.
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Center for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, Invites you to its first Faculty Development Institute.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Teaching about Equality and Justice: New Paradigms from a Grand Challenges Perspective. CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GeorgiaThursday, November 3, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. To register for this APM pre-conference institute, please visit 2016 Annual Program Meeting Registration. For information, please contact Yolanda C. Padilla, Director, Center for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, at


Metzger, M. W., & Webber, H. S. (Eds.). (2018). Facing segregation: Housing policy solutions for a stronger society. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.