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 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.
Primary interest areas:
Settler Colonialism and Coloniality
Black Women, Children, and Family Welfare
Social Work Education
Critical Theory & Methodologies
Doctoral Research Projects
Boyd, R., Wages, S., Slack, K., Strategies for Assessing Family Strengths in Efforts to Predict Future CPS Involvement: A Focus on the Strengths of Black Families
Wages, S., Slack, K., Berger, L., "What do you like about being a parent?” A Qualitative Analysis 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
Our Spot Pville
The Platteville Diaper Bank
The Black PTA
Progress Center for Black Women
Programming and Evaluations
Black History Education Conference
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
Social workers confronting racial injustice conference-Channel 3000
Recording of Plenary Panel