While there has been a recent emergence of Social Work scholarship informed by CRT/I, the practical application of these theories have yet to be explored in the context of Social Work and HIV/AIDS research. Most notably, there remain gaps in understanding the history, utility, and application of CRT/I. Social Work is well positioned to advance anti-racist scholarship by drawing from community wisdom and CRT/I frameworks to inform research practices. This workshop includes a panel of scholars and activists who aim to advance community-based CRT/I informed research methods. The panel will share reflections and strategies on how CRT/I can be actively and intentionally applied across all phases of research from experiences at a funding and capacity building center that partners with Community-Based Organizations led by or serving communities disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS in the Southern US.
During this 90-minute session, panelists will: 1) outline and describe the tenets of CRT/I; 2) discuss the importance of centering and elevating community as integral to advancing anti-racist research; 3) reflect on how to prioritize community-led research goals; 4) identify strategies for Social Work scholars to apply CRT/I across research phases; and 5) discuss practical applications of CRT/I to Social Work research in the areas of mental health, trauma-informed care, harm reduction approaches and wellnes in the context of HIV/AIDS.
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