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"Richmond [Re]Visited" Gives Social Work Students Context of Housing and Racial Injustice

As future social workers, incoming students of the VCU School of Social Work will soon be working directly with communities affected by Richmond’s history of segregation, discrimination and racism that continues to reverberate today.

To better understand this context, dozens of the students spent Monday taking part in Richmond [Re]Visited 3.0: Housing & Racial (In)Justice, a day of experiential learning through community tours, activism and collaborative conversation sponsored by the VCU School of Social Work Student-Faculty-Alumni Black Lives Matter Collective.

“We are really focusing on anchoring this year's event on policies like redlining that have historically prescribed who can and can't live in different parts of the city, and whose housing/neighborhoods were seen as having value,” said collective member Alex Wagaman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Social Work. “These policies continue to ripple today. And even though we have legally ended redlining, there are still forms of housing discrimination and injustice that disproportionately impact people of color, especially black folks, in Richmond.

Read the full VCU News article.