Funder: Seed grant from the Faculty of Community Services (Awarded but not funded)
Principal Investigators: Dawn Onishenko & May Friedman
This project aims to examine activism within social work practice, pedagogy and community settings during a period of cuts to services, labour intensification, increased managerialism, and the evolving discourses of neoliberalism. We propose to create an opportunity for the establishment of a focused social work activist community while simultaneously engaging in community oriented research. This will be accomplished through the hosting of a one-day forum for self-described social work activists. Drawing together these individuals will allow for critical linkages among participants and between faculty and community members. Subsequently, transcription of the event will be analyzed in order to contribute to scholarship about the relationship between social work and activism, and the need for a social work pedagogy and curriculum which contributes to better activist training and consciousness in relation to the current neoliberal context.