Watch Degrees of Freedom Featuring Sandy Bernabei

PUBLISHED ON May 15, 2016

Tune into the latest episode of Degrees of Freedom, the McSilver Institute’s quarterly web series, in which Anti-Racist Alliance co-founder and National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter President Sandy Bernabei makes an impassioned case for anti-racist social work practice in our race-constructed nation.


Along with host Gary Parker, the McSilver Institute's Deputy Director, Bernabie discusses the particular obligation white social workers have to challenge racism, and the need for schools of social work to teach through a racial equity lens.

Degrees of freedom is a statistical term used in quantitative data analysis. However, the phrase also connotes and reflects the McSilver Institute’s mission to rapidly translate research-derived knowledge into action, ultimately resulting in communities rising together to overcome poverty. Each 10-15 minute episode in the series features a lively interview with a leading policymaker, researcher, or service provider making great strides to empower individuals and families living in poverty.

Be on the lookout for upcoming episodes of Degrees of Freedom, in which we will continue to explore our understanding of poverty and how to interrupt it.

Robert Hawkins

The Next Episode:

New York City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez discusses the Council’s understanding of the structural issues perpetuating poverty and how it is acting to address them.


Robert Hawkins

Our First Episode:

Catch up on Degrees of Freedom's premiere episode in which Dr. Robert Hawkins, the McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, shares what he learned about living “at the intersection of racism and poverty” from his work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.