Our Founder

Sakara Wages

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Founded by Sakara Wages, Subversive Social Work is a movement that aims to improve the lived experiences of black women, social work students, and researchers and to leverage those experiences to influence institutional change.

This organization was founded based on my experiences at Predominately White Institutions. During my graduate training, I yearned for theories to help me articulate issues that I endured.  During this training, I was introduced to the Critical Theories that helped me identify colonialism, name the ways in which Social Work Education supports those in power, and work towards ameliorating the often unintentionally harmful impact.  


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  Primary interest areas:

  • Black Women, Children, and Family Welfare

  • Social Work Education 

  • Critical Theory & Methodologies

  • Institutional Practice

Current Projects

(Working Titles)

  1. 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

  2. Wages, S., Slack, K., Berger, L., "What do you like about being a parent?” A Qualitative Analysis of CPS Deflected Families

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

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


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 graduate promises to 'be the change that we need to see'

Students and faculty present research in Chicago

Wages hopes to improve the quality of life for those who are vulnerable by helping improve social welfare policy.

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What Joy is, What Joy is Not.

Social workers confronting racial injustice conference-Channel 3000​