Subversive Social Work
The First Institutional Social Work Agency
We work alongside individuals, organizations, and institutions to shift oppressive norms across various domains of power.
Institutional Social Work is a multifaceted practice model that functions under the notion that oppression operates structurally, disciplinary, and interpersonally to support the status quo, and the status quo supports those levels of oppression. As such, we, as institutional social workers, provide direct service and work toward structural transformation. To achieve our goals, we support grassroots community organizations while situated in a community gathering space. Mobilizing in and alongside the community allows us to be guided by the people we serve rather than the people who fund us and provides a unique perspective on social services rooted in lived experiences.
We provide vendor-free joyous events for people who have only been allowed to focus on survival. We provide free diapers, stock a community freezer, economic development opportunities, tutoring, educational assistance, individualized educational plan (IEP) support, and mutual aid. Ad we do so while embracing our full selves, preferring authenticity and functionality over white normative ideals around professionalism. What we do may "look wrong" because "right" impedes our ability to be effective.
We recognize that dominant norms, values, and perceptions result in oppressive conditions, so we work to subvert oppression to facilitate holistic wellness, rest, joy, and autonomy.
We reject the traditional means of social work that have participated in harmful activities that align with toxic social zeitgeists for the past 100 years. While the field of social work has apologized for its participation or sanctioning of events such as Indian Boarding Svchools and the Tuskeegee Experiments; the field has done little toward a mainstream anti-oppressive approach. Rather than wait for the field, Subversive Social Work defects from traditions that result in disparities, and places efficacy at the forefront.
We leverage our credentials to train organizations how to identify and diffuse their points of oppression while being our authentic selves. We then use those funds to divert towards moving the mission forward
Tools for Researchers
Throughout my graduate career, I have learned that social work education for researchers fails to adequately educate Black Women for antiracist decolonized research. There was a secret language being spoken (Academese) and this world was devoid of emotion. The citations located in this section helped me find my place, maybe they'll help you. Stay tuned for article summaries.
Social Work has problems that cannot be solved. First, the field has a racist history of subjugating Black people. In the modern sense, social work serves as a social police force that incessantly snd nefariously shapes the lives of Black Women and Children. The field is also a major contributor to the Prison, Nonprofit, and Medical Industrial Complexes. Because of rotten roots, social control, and state collusion, we must abolish Social Work as a profession and return it to the people.
Tools for Students
If you are a student of Sakara, then you are in the right place. In this section, you will find all that you need to be succesful this semester. This includes: a) my schedule and an appointment link, b) information about writing expectations, and c) tools for taking notes and exams. Please use what benefits you.