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Carmen Reese Foster, DSW, LMSW, LSSW 

Founder and Executive Director

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Welcome, Black Social Work Family! 

Are you a Black social work student or professional? 

Are you someone who cares deeply about Black social workers?  Well, then, you have made it to the right place!  


The CBSW is a community of social workers who prioritize the needs and success of Black people.  We celebrate us.  We care about us.  We amplify our voices.  

The CBSW started at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in 2018 as a way to connect Black social work students with Black social work professionals in hopes to build community, support, and empowerment.  Our organization is now a 501c3 non-profit, we have members across the country, we offer virtual trainings, a dope annual conference, opportunities for mentoring and networking, and we now have a new campus chapter at The University of Memphis. 


Join us.  We can't wait to welcome you as a member of the family. 




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A little bit about our Executive Director...

Carmen Reese Foster, DSW, LMSW, LSSW is currently the Interim Online MSSW Program Director, an Assistant Professor of Practice, and the Director of Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. In 2018, she created the Coalition of Black Social Workers (CBSW) as a student organization at UTCSW and it has grown into a 501c3, where she serves as the Executive Director.  The CBSW exists to engage, connect, and empower Black social work students and professionals.  She is also the co-owner of Pieces Training and Consulting conducting trainings on Anti-Racism, trauma, social emotional learning, and cross-cultural engagement for churches, non-profits, and schools.  Prior to transitioning into higher education, Dr. Reese Foster's practice experience focused on working with youth and families from marginalized communities.  She received her DSW from the University of Alabama where her research focus was assessing the impact of race-based trauma and Covid-19 on the mental health of Black social work providers.  While at Alabama, she was the 2022 winner of the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis Competition) for the Southern Region and will compete in the National Competition in December 2022.  She is the first doctoral student from the University of Alabama to represent the university in the national competition. Dr. Reese Foster obtained her BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.


Dr. Reese Foster is a proud wife and mother. She and her husband have three children and reside in Nashville, TN.