Lisa’s research focuses on anti-oppressive practices, feminist organizations, organizational change and social work education. Most recently she was co-applicant on a SSHRC funded study exploring the impacts of new managerialism on social work education in Canada. Previously, she was PI on a SSHRC funded project that explored how community based agencies maintain anti-oppressive approaches to practice.
Cyndy Baskin’s teaching and research interests involve working with Indigenous communities – especially on how Indigenous worldviews can inform the helping professions, spirituality in professional and personal lives, healing justice, murdered and missing Indigenous women and decolonizing research methodologies.
Akua Benjamin has been in social work her for most of her life in varying formal and informal capacities. She began her formal social work career after graduating from the University of Toronto in the early 1980’s. In 2003, she received her PhD in Sociology of Education and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education.
A sociologist by training, Kathryn uses cultural forms — most recently public exhibits — to link social science inquiry to public education.
Jennifer’s research interests are in the areas of anti-racism and equity issues in schooling; institutional ethnographies of schooling with ethno-racial minorities, particularly Black youth and families; educational policies, including “zero tolerance” policies in schools; community organizing and resistance to racial profiling in schools; education reform; alternative models of education and community service learning in pre-service teacher education.
May Friedman blends social work, teaching, research, writing and parenting, often in the same five minute period. May combines her robust SRC activities with a love of teaching and a deep commitment to service work as she continues to explore the intersections between these realms.
Purnima George has a passion for community practice and activism on varied social issues. She is interested in social work education, international social work, globalization, and exploring critical research methodologies that advance social change.
Ken Moffatt is interested in cultural studies, postmodern theory, reflective practice community practice, gender studies as well as symbol creation and meaning making in the context of global neo-liberalism.
Dawn is an ecofeminist who has been a social justice activist in the areas of gender, women in conflict with the law, anti-poverty, housing and homelessness, HIV/AIDS and queer rights.
Henry Parada’s research focuses on numerous issues that affect children and adolescents, including forced migration, commercial sexual exploitation, and institutional practices within child welfare systems that hinder or enhance the protection of children’s rights.
Gordon Pon (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University. His research and teaching interests include anti-racism, anti-colonialism, child welfare, and Asian Canadian Studies.
With a background in peer support and community work, Jennifer’s interdisciplinary research program at Ryerson University is centred on madness, ‘health’, and ‘mental health’, taking up philosophical, practice and policy concerns.
Through teaching and research she seeks to expose and analyze the societal processes which contribute to the disadvantage that so frequently characterizes the lives of disabled people. Her research interests include disability and employment, immigrants with disabilities, social role valorization theory, and aging and disability.
Susan has an interest in the areas of health care policy, employment and family well-being. She has extensive experience evaluating community-based programs and is interested in participatory and transformative approaches.
Kristin Smith’s research perspective draws on Foucault’s ideas about governmentality, critical race, post-colonial, queer, and feminist post-structural theories. Her research interests include the production of social work knowledge, power and subjectivities.
Steven worked as a school social worker with the Human Sexuality Program of the Toronto District School Board supporting LGBTQ2S and Gender Independent students, facilitated anti-homophobia workshops from kindergarten to grade 12 and provided social work support to the Triangle Program of Oasis Alternative S.S., Canada’s only high school classroom for LGBTQ2S students.
Samantha Wehbi has an interest in international social work and activism; her work has included community practice on queer issues, disability rights and feminist organizing. Her current artistic practice explores issues of translocality through the use of documentary media (photography, video).
June’s scholarly research focuses on race and racism and access and equity issues for racialised communities in the areas of health, education and social services.
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