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Janet Carter-Black

Teaching Full Professor

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What I Do

After a 21 year career at a private residential child welfare agency that included direct practice and administrative positions, I joined the faculty at the School of Social Work in 2005. Having taught across undergraduate and graduate programs, I currently teach the Diversity: Identities and Issues course, which fulfills a U.S. Minority Cultures and an Advanced Composition requirement for undergraduate students. I also serve as the Diversity Committee chair, and as an Advisory Board member for the Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research (JUSWR).


Dr. Carter-Black received her PhD and her Master of Social Work with a child welfare administration concentration from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was among the first cohort of first generation college students of color admitted to the university under the Special Educational Opportunities Program (Project 500).


Professor Carter-Black’s research interests include resilience in African American families, focusing on parenting strategies that facilitate healthy development and success trajectories for children despite external structural forces, particularly racism and discriminatory practices. Her current research includes examining the challenge of being ostracized by same-race peers for perceived violations of crossing cultural boundaries (i.e. “acting White”) experienced by Black and Hispanic students, as well as identification and comparison of the college transition experiences of first generation and continuing generation college students from the student perspective.

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Dr. Jan Carter-Black Scholarship for Commitment to Diversity and Leadership

September 09, 2022

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