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The School of Social Work turns 50!

McMaster School Social Work turns 50 in 2018

We’re planning a year’s worth of events and activities: connections and re-connections among alumni, celebrations of the wisdom and talent of alumni and instructors, and opportunities for remembering, reflecting, and reimagining futures for the School and for social work and its projects. 

We’ll send updates as more plans are confirmed, but for now, some events and requests are listed below.

Please take a few minutes to complete the 50th Anniversary Survey to tell us about your time at Mac and how you would like to mark the anniversary year, to help us with the planning. We are also in need of musicians for a band for our anniversary weekend in November 2018, so tell us if you would like to be involved! Please complete the survey by Tuesday February 20.

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The Sheila Sammon Award for Excellence in Field Education

We invite you to nominate a field instructor by Friday, February 16!

This Award was established in 2016 in recognition of Professor Sheila Sammon’s outstanding contributions to social work practice and field education over almost three decades: in the School of Social Work at McMaster, in the Hamilton community, and in her leadership in social work education provincially and nationally. The Award is conferred annually on a Field Instructor who has made exceptional contributions to social work students’ learning and professional development and to the School’s field education program and who, in doing so, extends Sheila’s commitment to skilled, ethical, wise and just practice. The selection criteria and details on how to nominate a colleague are here.

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3Voices Child Welfare

The Sally Pearce Palmer Conference Series - February 22-23, 2018

As many of you already know, McMaster School of Social Work is organizing and hosting the first conference of this series, which involves service users, service providers, and academics/ researchers/ traditional knowledge keepers working together for better child welfare. The conference will pay particular attention to Indigenous, Black and other voices that tend to be underrepresented in the way child welfare is currently imagined and delivered. The conference is free, and everyone is welcome to attend. 

3Voices Conference

Free Lectures

John Clarke, Professor Emeritus, The Open University, United Kingdom

Professor Clarke is one of the best-known social policy researchers of his generation and we’re delighted that he will join us during this anniversary year as a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor, hosted by the School of Social Work and the Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition.

Professor Clarke’s free public lectures are part of McMaster’s Socrates Project.

Socrates Project

Click on the title for details and to register.

Austerity and After? Policies, Politics and Ideologies Monday March 19, 1.30 – 3pm in L.R. Wilson Hall Room 1003, McMaster University

Angry Publics and New Politics: making sense of populism, nationalism, authoritarianism and more Tuesday March 20, 12 – 2pm in L.R. Wilson Hall Room 1003, McMaster University

Making Policy Move: the problems and possibilities of policy-in-translation Wednesday March 21, 1.30 – 3pm, One James North Room 204 (in Jackson Square)

Contesting Citizenship: people, places, politics Thursday March 22, 2.30 – 3.30pm in Hamilton Hall Room 302, McMaster University

Remaking the public in public services: contested identities, institutions and relationships Thursday March 22, 4.30 – 6.30pm, One James North 206 (in Jackson Square)

'Open Classes'

Over the next several months we will welcome all field instructors and community partners to attend current social work classes, to mark the Anniversary year.

• An Open Class at One James North will focus on critical, ethical leadership in social services and communities 
• An Open Class will be held at Six Nations in collaboration with Six Nations Social Services 

We are looking forward to marking the anniversary with you this year!

The McMaster School of Social Work 50th Anniversary Planning Team:

Janice Chaplin ’97, Faculty member and Coordinator of Field Education
Lorraine Chapman ’71 
Bonnie Freeman ’05, Faculty member & Chair of the Circle of Indigenous Social Work Action

Marlene Dei-Amoah ’93
Saara Greene, Faculty member and Chair of Undergraduate Studies
Tara La Rose, Faculty member
Tammy Maikawa ’06, Administrator
Salomeh Mohajer ’06 
Chris Sinding ’94, Faculty member and Director 
Jennie Vengris ’04, Faculty member & Coordinator of Field Development and Support
Lisa Watt ’17, Sessional Instructor

... current students soon to be added!