Announcements & Events


Learn about the history of our caucus and LGBTQ advocacy efforts in CSWE, the Academy, and more by visiting our updated history page.


If you are trans and/or nonbinary and would like to join the informal Facebook group for trans academics in social work, please email Vern at While this group is not formally associated with the Q Caucus, there is a lot of crossover in membership. The Trans & Nonbinary SIG/Caucus meets in person at CSWE APM and SSWR (when there is not an ongoing pandemic). 


We are excited to bring back the ability for Caucus members to send out their own announcements, queries, and other messages via a Google Group---this will also make it easier for members to respond to those messages.

Members can email posts directly to Doing this will send the message out to all members of the Caucus. Please note that your listserv post must be from the email at which you receive other Caucus messages.

Members do not need to be using an email address to use this listserv.  For members who do have a email address, they can also view the group by visiting

2023 scholarships

We are excited to offer two scholarships for members who are doctoral students/candidates to attend the SSWR conference in January 2024. Scholarships will be a $200, which is the cost of becoming a SSWR member ($50) and registration for the conference ($150). 

Please fill out this form by Friday, November 18th for priority consideration: [] 

We will notify selected applicants on Monday, November 21st.

Not yet a Caucus member? it's easy to join and dues are currently optional!

2023 CSWE Scholarship Recipients

Tayon R. Swafford

Tayon R. Swafford is an adjunct professor of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an adjunct professor of Social Work at Indiana University, and an adjunct professor of Religion at the University of Indianapolis. At these universities, Tayon offers undergraduate and graduate courses on Diversity and Social Justice, Social Policy and Programs, Spirituality and Clinical Social Work, Evidence-Based Practice for Groups, Individual Therapy for Adults, Research Methods, Statistical Reasoning for Social Workers, Introduction to Christianity, and World Religions. Tayon’s scholarly interests are in the following areas: Gender, sexual, and religious identity development over the life course, the integration of minoritized and underrepresented identities with religion and spirituality, and the use of self-awareness and community integration to overcome the impact of identity-based trauma. Currently, Tayon is a Leadership Education and Adolescent Health (LEAH) Fellow at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a fourth year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Candidate at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Tayon is working on his dissertation titled “Spilling the Beans”: Uncovering the Realities of Fathering while Black and Gay, which examines how Black gay fathers negotiate race, sexuality, and parenthood. Tayon holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and a Graduate Certificate in e-Social Work Practice (GCESWP) from the Indiana University School of Social Work. Tayon also holds a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Religious Studies from Albright College.


Jax (they/them) is a doctoral student at Michigan State University of Social Work. After receiving an MA in gender studies from Central European University in 2013 and their MSW from Rutgers University in 2015, they worked in research, policy analysis, and program evaluation work. Jax’s current work focuses on the juvenile legal and child welfare systems as sites of institutional betrayal, namely for queer and trans crossover youth. Their background in macro social work informs their research’s aim to interrogate systems oppression as it manifests through inter-institutional practices and policies to promote social change, liberation, and equity.