Raymond Adams, a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work, has been selected to receive the Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity (CRECD) award at the Council on Social Work Education conference in Denver, Colorado. The CRECD award recognizes doctoral students and junior faculty members with outstanding scholarship in the areas of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in social work education.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I received the news of being selected for the Council on Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity award,” says Adams. “I wasn’t expecting to be chosen, but this is quite an honor.”
He continued, “This award recognizes my commitment to the social uplift of those oppress groups through my teaching and future research as an emerging health disparities scholar.”
When asked what compelled him to apply, Adams responded, “I accredit my mentor Dr. Yarneccia Dyson for encouraging me to submit for this award. She has been my greatest inspiration and a strong believer in my evolving scholarship and success as an early career social work educator.”
Adams will present research on color blindness among Bachelor of Social Work students at rural Predominately White Institutions.
Currently, Adams is teaching a one month course at West Chester University. The course is centered around the DSM V, which prepares master-level social work students to recognize symptomology and properly conduct sound and valid assessments post-graduation.
Once his fellowship ends, he will continue in his role as an assistant professor in the area of social work at Southern Arkansas University.