Department of Social Work

School of Health and Human Sciences

Cathryne L. Schmitz (Ph.D., Ohio State University;  MSW, University of Washington) is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). Cathryne Schmitz is a social work educator, trainer, accreditation specialist, and consultant. As an educator and trainer, she has dedicated many years to working on critical multiculturalism and anti-oppression education and practice; and, environmental justice and sustainability. She consults nationally and globally on program/curriculum development, accreditation, and organizational health.

Dr. Schmitz’s scholarship focuses on critical multiculturalism (analysis of the privilege/oppression nexus, identity and culture); environmental justice; interdisciplinary and intercultural education; organizational/community transformation (organizational development, leadership, community building); and, peacebuilding. She expanded her focus through her cross-disciplinary appointments with the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and the Program in Women and Gender Studies. She also contributes to and learns from her work in the community and with the UNCG Center for New North Carolinians.

Dr. Schmitz has extensive publications in the areas noted above, including the book Critical Multiculturalism and Intersectionality in a Complex World, which was written collectively by experienced educators who engage a multi-dimensional approach to exploring and addressing structural inequalities as interspersed with personal and interpersonal reflection. She is an editor for professional journals and books, including the Editor-in-Chief for the 1st volume of the Global Journal of Peace Research and Praxis.

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Schmitz Vita 2020 (pdf)