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Our Founder
Dr. Sakara Wages, msw

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Sakara Wages founded Subversive Social Work, a movement that aims to improve the lived experiences of Black and minoritized people, social work students, and researchers. We leverage those experiences to influence institutional change.

This organization was founded based on Dr. Wages' resistance to colonial norms, strategies, and perceptions within Predominately White Institutions. During her graduate training, she yearned for theories to help her articulate the issues I endured while resisting coloniality in social services and social work training. During training, Wages was introduced to the Critical Theories that helped her name how Social Work Education supports dominance, power, and the status quo, and work towards ameliorating the often unintentionally harmful impact on the most vulnerable groups.


Dr. Wages' dissertation ""Remembering, Relating, and Recording the Legacy of Black Women Social Welfare Providers" can be found on ResearchGate or ProQuest Dissertations


Primary interest areas:

  • Institutional Social Work Practice

  • Subversive Social Work Practice

  • Black-Serving Social Work Practice

  • Settler Colonialism, Coloniality and Social Work

  • Black Women, Children, and Family Welfare

  • Social Work Education 

  • Critical Theory & Methodologies

Current Projects

(Working Titles)

  1. Doctoral Research Projects

    • Cruys, C., Wages, S., Gerassi, L.B. Centering People with Lived Experiences As Social Service Leaders in Sex Trafficking, Sex Trading, and Youth Organizations: A Qualitative, Community-Engaged Study.

    • Boyd, R., Wages, S., Slack, K., Rollins, T.  Strengths of Black Families Investigated By Child Protective Services.

    • Wages, S., Investigating the Norms and Values of Mothers of CPS-Deflected Families

    • Lee, H. Berger, L., Slack, K., Wages, S. “Chronic Neglect”: A Distinct Form of Neglect or Differences in Family Surveillance?

    • Berger, L., Slack, K., Lee, H., Wages, S. Child Maltreatment and Parental Well-Being Outcomes in an Experimental Economic Support Intervention 

  2. Our Spot Pville

    • The Platteville Diaper Bank

    • The Black PTA

    • BlkPlattCom

  3. Progress Center for Black Women​​

    • Programming and Evaluations

  4. Black History Education Conference

    • Project Management​


UW-Platteville alumna pursues graduate degrees, creates scholarship program for black women

Making Space: White People Give Up Seats to Angela Davis Lecture so Black People Can Attend


VIDEO: UW-P graduate looks to the future

Chancellor's Board of Regents Presentation: Samuel Crawford, Sakara Wages, Sarah Willie

UW-P grad aims to give back, bring change

Students and faculty present research in Chicago

Racist hate mail targets Platteville Church.

First Platteville community dialogue focuses on policing

Black Platteville Network Forms for people who seek liberation and unity

Black Platteville Community hosting its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration tonight

Congress Quickly Agreed To Make Juneteenth A Federal Holiday. But Is It Just A Platitude?

Undergraduates return to become the first Black alumni to teach at UW-Platteville in 10 years

What Joy is, What Joy is Not.

Social workers confronting racial injustice conference-Channel 3000​

Inclusive community hub launches in Platteville

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