Chad Dion Lassiter MSW, SW'01
Co-Founder and President
Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, Inc.
Chad Dion Lassiter is nationally recognized in the fields of American race relations and violence prevention among African American males. He has worked with resilient and vulnerable families, youth, and communities as they experience normal developmental transitions in challenging environments. Chad Dion Lassiter’s work attempts to contribute to a more informed analysis of the diverse ways that adolescents and families, especially people of color cope with socioeconomic challenges and institutional racism.
He received his Masters Degree at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Social Work where he was the “A. Phillip Randolph Award” winner (2001). Mr. Lassiter was chosen by Ebony Magazine as one of the “Young Leaders of the Future Under 30” in February, 2003. In May of 2004, Mr. Lassiter was named “Who’s Who Among African Americans 17th edition” along with such notables as Colin Powell and Michael Jordan. He is a former research fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Collective Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, where he worked on two nationally successful research projects (P.L.A.A.Y.- Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) and (H.I.P.P.- Health Information Providers and Promoters). In 2008 he was the recipient of the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement Award” at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Lassiter is one of the co-founders and current president of the Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, Inc. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. The group seeks to recruit black males into the profession of social work as well as provide anti racism and violence prevention trainings to urban and suburban schools around the country. He is an appointee of the Mayor to the Board of Trustees for the Community College of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Prison System and provides diversity training for penal systems throughout the United States of America.
He has worked on race, peace and poverty related issues in Africa, Israel, and Haiti. He is called upon often to provide commentary to various media outlets and lectures widely. Most recently, he was invited to Bergen Norway to provide a series of workshops and lectures on ethnic discrimination. Presently, he is an adjunct professor at West Chester University.