Associate Professor of Social Work, MSW, MIA, PH. D.
Nancy Rodenborg has over 25 years experience in social work practice, teaching, and research on diversity and inequality. She has taught diversity and inequality courses to both MSW and BSW students, developed global education and diversity curriculum programs, and served on boards or commissions in community, nonprofit and educational settings. She led the development of a funded project with social work colleagues and The INTER-RACE Institute to increase MSW students’ cultural competence by participating in facilitated, intentionally diverse dialogue. The MSW Dialogue Project has served over 300 students since 2005.
Dr. Rodenborg’s scholarship explores the theory and practice of intergroup dialogue, cultural competence and inclusion. Her most recent article (co-authored with Dr. Laura Boisen) explored how unconscious bias may affect social work cultural competence (“Aversive racism and intergroup contact theories: Cultural competence in a segregated world”, Journal of Social Work Education, 2013). She is currently examining intentionally diverse hiring practices in organizations. Dr. Rodenborg brings a passion for global understanding and cooperation to her work. She was a founding executive committee member of the award-winning Social Work in a Latin American Context Mexico consortium. This annual semester-abroad program in Cuernavaca, Mexico, received the Partners in International Education award from the Council on Social Work Education in 2006. The program has served over 120 students from Augsburg and 22 other colleges since 2004.