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

2022 scholarships

We are excited to offer two scholarships for members who are doctoral students/candidates to attend the SSWR conference in January 2023. 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!

2021 Scholarship Recipients


I grew up outside of Seattle, WA and moved to Denver in the Fall of 2018. As a queer scholar, I value equity, diversity, and social justice, and seek to support LGBTQ people in living fulfilling lives. Initially headed for medical school, I changed trajectory to social work with the desire to give back to my community. After completing my MSW program, I worked as an ER crisis worker and a substance abuse counselor, focusing on residential care for high-risk men with extensive histories of homelessness and incarceration. My research interests center on promoting health and wellness among transgender and non-binary people, with specific focuses on healthcare access, provider training, and suicide prevention.


Vern Harner is a German-American PhD candidate in Social Welfare at the University of Washington. As a community-embedded activist, organizer, and scholar, their work aims to amplify ongoing efforts within trans and other marginalized communities. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Vern’s current work focuses on intracommunity support, engagement with social services, and quality of life. In doing so, they hope to contribute to a strengths-based narrative in social work scholarship around trans experiences that center community strengths, survival, and thriving. Aligning with their research values, Vern brings accessibility and social justice centered pedagogy to a variety of classroom spaces, including social work history, research methods, and queer/trans practice.