Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Loyola University Chicago proudly sponsors the RACE Project

Loyola University Chicago proudly sponsors the RACE Project

Loyola University Chicago is a proud sponsor of the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition that is being brought to the Chicagoland area by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL. The exhibition, which opens October 12, 2014 and runs through January 25, 2015, offers our University community the opportunity to delve more deeply into one of the key issues related to our social justice mission. The exhibit examines race from the biological, cultural, and historical perspectives. 

Dr. Jeanne Sokolec, Director of the BSW Program in the School of Social Work, participated on a committee this summer with others from the University to plan what they hope will be interesting on-campus lectures and discussions this Fall to complement the exhibit. The RACE website offers additional information about the project, availability of bus transportation to the museum, and the on-campus offerings. The scheduled Fall Speaker Series is as follows: 


RACE Exhibition Fall Speaker Series at LUC

Each talk will be held from 4pm to 5:30pm in Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor. Light Refreshments will be served.

  • Wednesday, October 22nd
    • “RACE in Biocultural Perspective: Why Biology, not Genetics, Matters”
    • James M. Calcagno, Professor, Department of Anthropology and Director, Fellowship Office
  • Thursday, November 6th
    • “Will It Ever Be Equal? Achievement Disparity in Education”
    • Dean Michael Dantley and Associate Dean Anita Thomas, School of Education     
  • Wednesday, November 19th
    • Race and Racial Inequality: Through a Legal Lens
      • “The Legal Construction of Race”
      • Steven Ramirez, Professor and Director, Business and Corporate Governance Law Center, School of Law
      • “Learning to See Straight: Legal History and the Creation of Racial Inequality”
      • Juan Perea, Professor, School of Law


For social workers, the topic of the RACE exhibition is highly relevant as professionals within the field work in diverse settings, in diverse places, and with people who express the full range of diversity in our society. The social work program accreditation body, the Council on Social Work Education, requires that social work programs incorporate material for students to explore the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power. The goal is for social work students to gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups.

The themes and topics presented by the RACE exhibition and its supporting events and discussions align with assignments and reflections asked of social work students as well as professionals. While the focus of the exhibit is on “race,” its questions can be applied to other cultural issues such as ethnicity, religions, gender, etc. 

Students, faculty, and staff will hopefully take advantage of the opportunity to experience the exhibition and to participate in the related on-campus programs this Fall.