Chicago Association of Black Social Workers

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Hotep and Greetings!

Thank you for visiting the Chicago Association of Black Social Workers’s website. Here, you will learn more about our history, the guiding principles that lead our service, and our upcoming events.

CABSW was organized in 1969 – just one year after the NABSW founding – by 11 dedicated and devoted social workers. As a local affiliate of the National Association of Black Social Workers, we advocate for social change, justice and human development of African people in the United States and throughout the world. CABSW is comprised of social work students and seasoned practitioners of African ancestry who continue the struggle for justice and freedom.

In addition to persistently pursuing the elevation of Black people, CABSW provides intensive training through a variety of workshops, seminars, and conferences. By sharing knowledge, we improve services to those we aid. We aim to promote our community’s welfare, survival, and liberation as well as advocate for social change at all levels of government.

Membership Renewal Form – is available here as is the opportunity to subscribe to our listserv. As a member of CABSW you will have an opportunity to network with other, like-minded professionals as we advocate for policies, programs and practices to enhance the African-American family. If you have questions about CABSW, please feel free to contact us.

Harambee! (Let Us Pull Together)

Jataun J. Rollins, AM, LCSW | Chicago Chapter President 12-16




If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~ African proverb