Heather Christine Arnold-Renicker
Clinical Assistant Professor; Equity Labs Curriculum Dir
What I do
I teach and do work in my community because I believe that social workers and social work students are uniquely poised to be at the forefront of social and economic justice movements. Teaching in areas like power, privilege and oppression, policy, organizing and leadership inspire me to continue working for social justice in the academic setting as well as in the local and national community.
civic and community engagement, community organizing and community development, disparities, gender, leadership and organizational change, LGBTQIA, public policy, race and ethnicity, racial justice, social justice
While in D.C., Professor Arnold-Renicker started teaching in BSW and MSW programs at George Mason University and Catholic University. After moving back to Denver in 2011, she began teaching at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.
Since 2011, Professor Arnold-Renicker has also been focusing her career on developing and facilitating anti-oppression trainings for local and national organizations and consulting with organizations that want to change their internal policies and practices to better support staff of color, staff who are LGBTQ, and staff from other marginalized identity groups. She has worked with local and national social justice organizations and campaigns such as The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Art Museum, The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Wellstone Action, Make it Work and Leadership for Educational Equity. Professor Arnold-Renicker's research interests are to better understand the impact of white dominant culture on social justice nonprofit organizations and the impact of other dominant social identities on the culture, policies and practices of nonprofit and social service organizations.
- MSW, Social work, University of Denver, 2007
- BA, Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003
- ACOSA: Association for Community Organization and Social Administration
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)