Word offense: Leading social work school removes ‘field’ from fieldwork program because it’s ‘anti-Black’


No more field work in college? A letter from the practicum department of the University of California’s Suzanne-Dworak-Peck School of Social Work tells students and faculty that the term “field” must be scrubbed from the curriculum descriptions and replaced with the word “practicum.”

“As we enter 2023, we would like to share a change we are making at the Suzanne-Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to ensure our use of inclusive language and practice. Specifically, we have decided to remove the term ‘field’ from our curriculum and practice and replace it with
‘practicum.’ This change supports anti-racist social work practice by replacing language that could be considered anti-Black or anti-immigrant in favor of inclusive language. Language can be powerful, and phrases such as ‘going into the field’ or ‘field work’ may have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign.

“This change aligns with the Council on Social Work Education Advancing Antiracism in Social Work Education through Educational Accreditation Policies and Standards, the 2021 National Association of Social Work’s commitment to undoing racism through social work, and the Eliminate Racism Grand Challenge for Social Work.

“In solidarity with universities across the nation, our goal is not just to change language but to honor and acknowledge inclusion and reject white supremacy, anti-immigrant and anti-blackness ideologies. Words are powerful, but even more so is action. We are committing to further align our actions, behaviors, and practices with anti-racism and anti-oppression, which requires taking a close and critical look at our profession – our history, our biases, and our complicity in past and current injustices. It also means continuing to work together to train social work students today who understand and embody social and racial justice. This is the bedrock of our values and principles and we all need to hold each other accountable to do better in this regard. We know that changing terminology can be challenging, and a complete transition will take some time, but we thank you in advance for joining us in this effort and for your patience as we


  1. Sorry, lady, I am not sharing in your intolerant and self-righteous insanity.
    (And, let’s admit it, this kind of revisionistic, linguistic Stalinism/NewSpeak almost ALWAYS is spouted by womyn.)

  2. Up next: Heading into the Bush, coming in from Outside, and drilling the slope will all be removed for sexual violence connotations.
    The long march through the institutions is almost complete.

  3. I have an African-American friend whom I have known for over 25 years. She is Alabama-born and raised and married an Algerian-born civil engineer. Ameena has a college degree and raised 5 children and found scholarships for all of them to finish college, most with advanced degrees. She home-schooled all 5 of them because she said the schools were not teaching the proper subjects in school. She has been correct in her assessment. Now we have previously highly upheld universities flushing themselves down the toilet with this woke madness of changing the words. All they have done is tell all of us to be too sensitive to what we hear and to regard all other Americans by their skin color and race history. When does it stop so that we can again start to see each other as fellow human beings and fellow Americans?

    • A friend of mine taught physics at the graduate level in a college in the 48.
      He was a high school math teacher in Nigeria before legally immigrating.

      Emphasis legally immigrating, BTW.

      To teach calculus and physics at a colleges level here, he had to dumb down the lessons and expectations.

      He sent his kids to Catholic school up til high school then sent the back to Nigeria for high school.

  4. Let’s wait a cotton picken minute. This is getting absurd with all the new categories I’m supposed to adhere to. I’m now a slave to the new masters of woke.

  5. Whenever I see a writer capitalize an adjective, such as the b in black, I stop reading. Tyranny often begins with the manipulation and misuse of language.

  6. They should probably remove the word work from social work as well. It reeks of white supremacy and has negative connotations for those who prefer not to work.

  7. Does this mean that wealthy Democrat vineyard owners in N California will stop using cheap, undocumented migrant labor to pick their grapes? I’m thinking not.

  8. More of the WOKE agenda! This is a coordinated collaboration throughout our government and education system to implement Marxism. If they can rewrite history and control your speech, they can shred the Constitution and control your life. Push back and stand up to this evil. Make no mistake, this is already in Alaska. We are already fighting this in Valdez. The City Council here wants to rewrite the City Charter to make it more “inclusive” by removing certain pronouns. This is a waste of government time and taxpayer money. It is also in my opinion unconstitutional, because it is changing our language to appease an ideology being pushed in our schools on our youth and is an affront to the 1st Amendment.

  9. I never figured out how “excluding” something is somehow “inclusive”. Before you know, us serfs’ vocabulary will be reduce to “Yes” and only the more enlightened get to use real words like “field”.
    What nonsense! This is another tactic to stifle legitimate debate, by hijacking the discussion with conjured-up offenses. Grow up people if the word “field” upsets you, get over it!

  10. Another thought here:
    Typical academia who arrogantly grants itself the right to speak for people, clearly implying that others are incapable of not only making their own decisions of what is and is not offending them, but too uneducated to understand the nuances. By their action the faculty here shows great disrespect, usurping every adults individuality and independence to speak for themself.
    I have seen their type, social workers, who “advocate” for their clients to make only the decisions the social workers deem appropriate or label them as “non-compliant”.

    • Very true!
      Words can be emotionally harmful, yes. And that is only if YOU let them harm you. You allow those words to hold whatever amount of power over you, not the other way around. Words cannot physically harm you. Change your perspective in how you see those words, yes, but do not try to censor or police said language, because this leads to very dangerous lines of thinking. History has proven this.

  11. Remember the song ‘Yankee Doodle’? The British soldiers used to sing it as a slur against Americans during the revolution. Then we started singing it back at them. THAT’S how you deal with the word police.


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