Center on Race and Social Problems

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Valire Carr Copeland talks about her inspirations, the evolving field of social work, and her research

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Valire Carr Copeland talks about her inspirations, the evolving field of social work, and her research in a Q&A with the Pitt Chronicle. 

When I was entering the field of social work, the emphasis was on the pathology of women and children in the system. What was missing were the stories about the reality and value of strong African-American women — the matriarchs that I saw growing up. Even today, women of color have to deal with discrimination, racism, violence, and oppression. These are factors that exacerbate the daily stress already present in their lives, including struggling to be caregivers to all.