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Multiday Session Course

Leading for Equity, Anti Racism and Diversity Program

Total Credits: 7.5 including 7.5 Category I CE

Julia Scott |  Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C
February 20, 24, 27, 2023

Schedule at a glance


LEAD Module Overview

Leading for Equity, Anti-Racism, and Diversity (L.E.A.D.) Initiative

Overall Description: The Leading for Equity, Anti-Racism, and Diversity (L.E.A.D.) Initiative is a training and coaching series offered by the School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Participants complete four modules designed to increase their understanding of their individual bias, learning about systemic oppression, and creating concrete action steps to make a change.

Module 1: Unpacking Identity & Oppression

Monday, February 20th (10am – 1pm)

Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn key themes, language, and definitions related to anti-racism and anti-oppression work
  2. To explore and learn how perceptual lens, internalized oppression, and cycles of oppression manifest in personal and professional settings
  3. To understand Intersectionality of race, gender, class, religion, ability and other identities and their accompanying power or lack thereof
  4. To understand the purpose and importance of Identity, Power, and Privilege and how it impacts their relationship to larger systems of oppression

Module 2: Understanding Systems of Oppression & Power

Friday, February 20th (10am – 1pm)

Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn and understand key themes, language, and definitions regarding Systems of Oppression and Power
  2. To learn the different levels of oppression and how they act together to reinforce oppressive ideas and policies both personally and professionally
  3. To explore and understand the importance of power analysis and the different types of power to use in personal and work environments
  4. To assess their organization or unit using the Anti-Racist Continuum and identify ways to disrupt oppression in personal and professional spaces
  5. To learn what personal and organizational practices can help break the cycle of racism and oppression, and create a more inclusive work and learning environments

Module 3: Navigating Difficult Dialogues

Monday, February 27th (10am – 1pm)

Learning Objectives:

  1. To assess strengths, weaknesses, and roadblocks when engaging in difficult dialogue
  2. To understand how white supremacy culture operates and manifests in academia and other environments
  3. To learn frameworks and develop strategies for handling difficult conversations effectively in personal and professional spaces
  4. To practice difficult dialogue strategies including preparation tips, calling in vs. calling out, and grounding tools to improve dialogue

Module 4: Coaching

Friday, March 3rd (Choose One:  9:30am – 11am, 12pm – 1:30pm, OR 2:30pm – 4pm)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gaining a deeper and personal understanding of how oppression manifests and tactics to use
  2. Creating personal goals and plans to continue learning and improve accountability regarding DEI work both professionally and personally.

Participants are required to attend one Affinity Group Coaching session.

You can choose between the White Affinity Coaching and BIPOC Affinity Coaching that will take place on March 3rd.

A list with the zoom links for each group will be posted in the handouts section of your account.

Coaching Group A

9:30am – 11am

Coaching Group B

12pm – 1:30pm

Coaching Group C

2:30pm – 4pm

White Affinity Coaching A

BIPOC Affinity Coaching A

White Affinity Coaching B

BIPOC Affinity Coaching B

White Affinity Coaching C

BIPOC Affinity Coaching C



Julia Scott Related seminars and products

(she/her) is the DEI Coordinator in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work. In her role, she develops diversity and inclusion-focused education, programs, and events for the SSW faculty, staff, students, and local community. Locally, Julia also works with Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA), which works with individuals and organizations to fight against racism & other forms of institutional oppression. With BRJA, she serves as an Advisory Board Member, Primary Trainer, and 13th of the Month Event Co-Coordinator. Her interest revolves around using Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppression frameworks to approach community building and leadership programming. Julia earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Morgan State University.

Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C's Profile

Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C Related seminars and products

As the School of Social Work’s first assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Neijma Celestine-Donnor will help lead the school's diversity and anti-oppression efforts and guide the achievement of a new standard for inclusive excellence. As a member of the dean’s executive leadership team, Celestine-Donnor has a strategic position responsible for promoting and enabling an inclusive environment for faculty, students, and staff while championing organizational change.

Grounded in pursuing social justice for minority populations and supporting equity in higher education, Celestine-Donnor is an experienced leader focused on providing strategic oversight for protocols, services, and policies related to campus climate. She uses her clinical and conflict resolution skills to provide individual and systemic trauma-informed outreach, advocacy, and support for all. Her extensive experience developing, facilitating, and assessing professional development workshops, training, and programming designed to enhance the intercultural competency of students, faculty, and staff will be a tremendous benefit to the school.

Celestine-Donnor comes to the school from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as director of campus climate support and engagement in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. She is a 2009 graduate of the School of Social Work’s MSW program and previously served as a clinical training instructor and adjunct faculty member at the school. In addition, Celestine-Donnor is studying for a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Gaining a better understanding of Identity, Power, & Privilege 

  • Gaining tools to connect personal experiences to larger systems 

Bibliography & References


  • Learning in Places Collaborative. (2020). Framework: Culture, Learning, and Identity. Bothell, Seattle, WA & Evanston, Il: Learning in Places. 
  • Racism defined. (n.d.). DRworksBook. Retrieved March 5, 2022, from 
  • Sheri Schmidt, “Cycle of Oppression,” 1994. 
  • Singh, A. A. (2019). The racial healing handbook the racial healing handbook: Practical activities to help you challenge privilege, confront systemic racism, and engage in collective healing. New Harbinger Publications. 
  • There is No Hierarchy of oppressions - by Audre Lorde (read by Lauren Lyons). (2014, June 3). 

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

 *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for up to 7.5 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

Please refer to the tab "Live Interactive Webinar Policies & FAQs" for UMSSW Office of CPE policies regarding all live interactive webinar related matters.

Live Interactive Webinar Platforms




The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

Both platforms offer high quality and user-friendly webinar platforms for our registrants.


System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Webinar Policies & FAQs

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