Lorenzo Shaw-Graham

Lorenzo Shaw-Graham is the Assistant Director of DEI. As a native of Detroit, Michigan, he strives to practice social work with the intersectional understanding of social issues necessary to create and sustain lasting change. Prior to his return to the CSSW community, Lorenzo was a Program Manager at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), overseeing grant programs, leadership initiatives, and co-planning an annual leadership summit, collaborating with executive leadership on various initiatives to provide ongoing support for projects that address changing areas of social work practice, as well as convening task forces/advisory boards on critical issues facing social work education. Recently, Lorenzo also served as a Racial Equity Consultant for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In that role, he consulted with administration on the buildout of an anti-bias medical education curriculum for future healthcare leaders that was centered in anti-racist & anti-oppressive practice. He also advised on anti-racism, bias-reduction, organizational change approaches and workshops that would assist the Icahn medical community in its effort to create institutional and transformational change. Lorenzo’s return to CSSW also feels as though he has come full circle as he was a Program Coordinator for the Professional Development and Self-Awareness (PDSA) initiative, designing and executing programs related to social justice, anti-oppressive social work, and self-awareness regarding themes of power, privilege, race, and oppression. Lorenzo is a strong collaborator and, as you can see, is drawn to work that focuses on an anti-oppressive lens. In addition to his MSW from CSSW, he also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Lorenzo’s pronouns are he/his/him. He remains committed to decolonization, transformative justice, social justice values and disrupting systemic racism.