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Knowing When to Step Down: White Leadership in Communities of Color (On-Demand)

Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 Category II CEs

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Julie Smithwick, LMSW, CHW |  Seante Hatcher, LCSW-C
90 minutes
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Learning the systematic nature of racial injustice and how white cultural dominance permeates organizational culture can leave leaders; specifically, White leaders, with many daunting tasks.  Before figuring out what to do with racial injustice, leaders have to struggle with their own personal acknowledgment and the accompanying feelings of guilt and insecurity. Watch the replay of our very own Assistant Dean, Seanté Hatcher, LCSW-C as she interviews Julie Smithwick, MSW and Community Health Worker (CHW) on how she - a White social worker and ally within a Latinx Community- became the Founder and Executive Director of a statewide Latinx-focused community-based organization. Mrs. Smithwick will discuss what it took to be a leader in a community that was not culturally her own and the importance of being a mindful leader who is open, vulnerable, and willing to listen.  Julie will also discuss how she prepared her staff and the community for her decision to step down as the organization’s Executive Director in order to ensure racial and cultural representation.    

Recorded on November 15, 2021

Please note: 

  • You have 30 days of access from the day you purchase. 
  • In order to retrieve a CE certificate, you must watch the video in its entirety and successfully complete the quiz.
  • There are no refunds or transfers for this course. 


Julie Smithwick, LMSW, CHW Related Seminars and Products

Julie Smithwick, LMSW, CHW, has over twenty-five years of experience working alongside communities and families to find solutions to address health and social inequities. Trained as a Community Health Worker in Ecuador, she is the founder and director of the Arnold School of Public Health Center for Community Health Alignment. Prior to developing the Center, Smithwick founded and led PASOs, a community-based organization that engages with Latino communities throughout South Carolina utilizing the CHW model. She also helped found the South Carolina CHW Association and is on the Boards of Directors of various organizations including the National Association of Community Health Workers.

Seante Hatcher, LCSW-C's Profile

Seante Hatcher, LCSW-C Related Seminars and Products


Seanté is an investment property owner, resource-giver and the owner of Wealth Esteem, . Trained as a Clinical and Financial Social Worker, she is passionate about helping those who are in, or have overcome, financial hardships (self-inflicted or not) and wants to set boundaries, be fulfilled, and live life on purpose. Wealth-Esteem was formed through her own lived experience of transforming from having transactional relationships (family, friends, and foes) to having authentic, fulfilling relationships with her money and the people around her.


Seanté earned her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work and her undergraduate degree from the esteemed Wilberforce University -the oldest private Historically Black College/University (HBCU) in the country. She is also a trained Financial Social Worker, completing two Financial Social Work Certificate programs offered by the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and the Center for Financial Social Work.  She has been a licensed practitioner in Maryland since 2006.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Defined paternalism, Internalized Superiority and White Supremacy
  • Explain how to examine the use of an equity lens.
  • Evaluate the levels of oppression in their agency. 

Bibliography & References




Beck, E. (2019). Naming white supremacy in the social work curriculum. Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work34(3), 393–398.

Bell, D. (1988). White Superiority in America: Its Legal Legacy, Its Economic Costs. Villanova Law Review33(5), 767–780.

Love, D. (n.d.). Baltimore's grassroots think-tank. Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. Retrieved September 18, 2021, from

Ross, D.-D., Ross, D.-D., Suarez, C., Suarez, C., Powell, J. A., Powell, J. A., Tomkin, A. R., Tomkin, A. R., Boswell, A. C. and F., Costello, A., & Boswell, F. (2021, March 30). How white people conquered the nonprofit industry. Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly.

White women doing white supremacy in nonprofit culture. Tzedek Social Justice Fund. (2020, June 8). Retrieved September 19, 2021, from

Vu. (2021, June 1). 20 subtle ways white supremacy manifests in nonprofit and philanthropy. Nonprofit AF.

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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 {quantity} Category I Continuing Education Units for {ethics/supervision}. 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.


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