The purpose of this roundtable discussion (RD) is to deliberate on how we can advocate for creating a space at SSWR that considers the role of social work knowledge production as transformative praxis. We are approaching this discussion from a critical paradigm which assumes that reality is shaped by social, political, economic, and cultural forces. These forces impact how we perceive and experience social identities and positionalities (race/class/gender) (Hicks & Jeyasingham, 2016; Kemp & Samuels, 2019; Mehrotra, 2010; Walters et al., 2020). This paradigm involves using dialogue to question who benefits and who is marginalized within socio-political, cultural systems (e.g., SSWR, universities, funding agencies) and moves people towards developing a plan of action for centering groups situated on the margins (hooks, 1984). Objectives for this RD are to: (1) Describe the socio-political-economic culture within and outside of SSWR that facilitates or creates barriers to centering research as transformative praxis; (2) Discuss arguments for centering marginalized ways of knowing at SSWR; (3) Identify objectives to use as part of a strategic plan for this advocacy.
This RD will be led by five panelists who are at various career stages, from Ph.D. students to tenured faculty. Our first panelist uses ethnographic methods to study social work knowledge translation and implementation science with a focus on community mental health and case management interventions. The second panelist uses phenomenology to amplify participant voices of children, youth, and families of color involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The next panelist uses grounded theory methods to examine social class as a social determinant of health and mental health disparities among middle-class Black women at the intersection of their social identities. Our fourth panelist uses Constructivist Grounded Theory (Charmaz, 2006) for centering the lived experiences of marginalized populations to address public health disparities from a social justice perspective. The final panelist uses feminist methodologies to understand and prevent power-based violence. The agenda will include a brief overview of each panelists' relationship to the RD topic. Afterward, the panelists will engage the attendees in a discussion focused on the objectives presented above.