Kiana Webb-Robinson

Positioning Critical Race Theory with Anti-Diversity, Equity, Inclusion within Social Work Education

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Kiana Webb-Robinson earned a B.S.W. degree from Alabama State University in 2005. Upon graduation, she obtained her bachelor’s license (L.B.S.W.) while working as a child protective social worker for the Department of Human Resources in Blount County, Alabama. Additionally, Ms. Webb-Robinson earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama in 2011.

During Ms. Webb-Robinson’s tenure in Arkansas, she worked as a school-based therapist and social worker for South Arkansas Regional Mental Health Center after earning a Master of Social Work license (L.M.S.W.). She later transitioned to Athens, Georgia, where she worked as a Coordinator for a grant-funded program known as S.C.O.R.E., now under the supervision of the University of Georgia.  S.C.O.R.E. provides therapeutic services to juvenile felons and their families as court order through the state of Georgia Juvenile Court System in conjunction with Advantage Behavioral Health Systems. Ms. Webb-Robinson entered higher education eight years ago at the suggestion of a former mentor and professor. Since entering academia, she has served as a tenure track professor and social work field director for almost ten years.

Ms. Webb-Robinson’s leadership roles have included serving as the State Southwest representative for NASW in Arkansas and as special committee chair and representative while in Colorado. Nationally she has served as a task force committee member in collaboration with ASWB and C.S.W.E., where she worked with others on revising competency three and creating application materials for the Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice practice guide. Ms. Webb-Robinson has served a three-year term formerly as a council member and currently as chair-elect of the Council on Social Work Field Education under CSWE. In the fall of 2022, she was elected chair of that committee, where she will serve another three-year team starting in the summer of 2023..

She has received accommodations from the social work chair of her department for exceptional leadership and various awards and certificates from students denoting service and leadership through Black excellence. Ms. Webb-Robinson is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky. Her research and capstone work involves centering critical race theory and cultural humility with ADEI  efforts and addressing micro and macro aggressions in predominantly white colleges and universities. She has published, lectured, and been invited as a panel guest for varying conferences on the subject matter.