Course at a Glance

October 15 to December 14

Decolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Communities


This online course (SW 420) is for current social workers and members of the community who work with indigenous peoples.

This course includes a general introduction to the history of native peoples of America and the unique and sovereign relationship between Tribal Nations and local, state and federal governments.

This class meets the online MSW program prerequisite for a Native American/Indigenous Studies course.

Registration opens in August for Fall 2018.

Oct. 15-Dec. 14, 2018

Michelle Rainer

Michelle Rainer

Michelle Rainer, LCSW, is the coordinator of the Pathway Project and Northern Region SERVE at Humboldt State University. This role involves developing relationships with 55 tribes and numerous tribal organizations throughout Northern California, and facilitating development of social work internships in tribal organizations. She previously worked in child welfare and adoptions for Santa Clara County, and was a clinician at United Indian Health Services. She has been teaching in social work at HSU since 2005, both in the undergraduate and graduate programs.