MSW Alum Terence Fitzgerald Shares Race Relation Perspectives

Terence Fitzgerald, MSW ’99 is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. His work is focused on policy, family and children, social inequality, and institutional racism.

Fitzgerald grew up in Champaign, Illinois, where he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, master’s degrees in both school social work and educational leadership, and a doctorate in education policy studies.

For 12 years, Fitzgerald worked at the elementary, middle and high school levels as a school social worker in racially and economically diverse settings in Illinois. He has also worked with social justice grassroots organizations that focus on marginalized children and families. In addition, he has professional experience aligning curriculum of Midwest school districts for the purpose of meeting state and federal requirements. He has utilized his program and curriculum evaluation talents to enable public schools in Illinois to make financial, efficient, ethical, and racially just program and curriculum changes.

Recent examples of his research on racism and sexism can be seen in White Prescriptions?: The Dangerous Social Potential for Ritalin and other Psychotropic Drugs to Harm Black Males (Paradigm Publishing, 2010) and his most recent book, Black Males and Racism: Improving the Schooling and Life Chances of African Americans (Routledge Publishing, 2015).

Fitzgerald has recently given a number of interviews regarding race relations today that have been published this week in The Wall Street Journal, Newsy International, and MEAWW, listed below.