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Ameil Joseph has been featured in the British Journal of Social Work.

Ameil Joseph of the School of Social Work has been published to the British Journal of Social Work. The article is entitled Simulating the Other in Social Work Pedagogy: Pathologising the Oppressed through Neoliberal/Colonial Practice Teaching.
Mar 30, 2021

#MigrantSexWorkerJustice: Please sign and share!

On behalf of Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network), and Elene Lam, a Social Work PhD student, we are inviting your organization and affiliated individuals to sign our declaration of support and join our community of allies in support of the rights of migrant sex workers.
Mar 25, 2021

The Impact of the Dr. Richard Splane Fund for Social Policy in Social Work

PhD candidate in the School of Social Work at McMaster University, Mary-Elizabeth Vaccaro, is a recipient of the Dr. Richard Splane Fellowship in Social Policy. She's used the Fellowship to advocate and raise awareness around gender-based homelessness.
Mar 24, 2021

Coming to Critical Disability Studies: Critical Reflections on Disability in Health and Social Work Professions (co-authored by Ann Fudge Schormans)

This paper describes how four ‘helping’ professionals came to embrace and teach critical disability studies (CDS) perspectives rather than biomedical approaches to impairment and disability that traditionally inform those professions (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, and speech-language pathology).
Mar 15, 2021

Five Questions with Mary Vaccaro

Meet McMaster School of Social Work PhD student, Mary Vaccaro, who researches and advocates for women experiencing long-term homelessness. In this profile for International Women's Day, she talks about her work, and the impact she hopes to have on her community.
Mar 08, 2021

BSW student named one of this year’s YWCA Women of Distinction

BSW student Olivia Mancini has been named one of the winners of the 45th annual Hamilton YWCA Women of Distinction.
Mar 05, 2021

Ontario Long Term Care homes: Social Work advocacy

Email to the Ontario Association of Social Workers, the Canadian Association for Social Work Education’s (CASWE) Schools of Social Work in Ontario, & to Premier Doug Ford and Ontario Opposition Parties.
Feb 02, 2021

Letter campaign for 1492 Land Back Lane

A group of Haudenosaunee land defenders from Six Nations of the Grand River territory and allies will be in Ottawa to demand federal government attention and action.
Jan 11, 2021

In Solidarity with Defund Hamilton Police Services and the calls for permanent housing

Members of the School of Social Work community have signed a statement that supports the calls for permanent, affordable, and supportive housing for those experiencing houselessness in Hamilton and stands in solidarity with the advocacy work of the Defund Hamilton Police Services (HPS) coalition.
Jan 04, 2021

Data & Sovereignty: Resisting Colonial Logics for Racial Justice

Panel & Discussion Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Nov 20, 2020

In solidarity with Six Nations land defenders

Chris Sinding, Director of McMaster's School of Social Work, writes in support of Six Nations land defenders.
Oct 30, 2020

Injustice at the heart of Caledonia land claim dispute

Excerpt from a letter sent by McMaster Professor of English Daniel Coleman to federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett and Ontario Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Greg Rickford.
Oct 02, 2020

Hamilton police not mental health professionals

School of Social Work Associate Professor Ameil Joseph talks police-run mental health programming in opinion piece for the Hamilton Spectator.
Oct 02, 2020

COVID-19 is worsening homelessness and insecure housing for women - Behind the Numbers

School of Social Work Assistant Professor Jennie Vengris and PhD candidate Mary Vaccaro discuss the ways COVID-19 has impacted women and gender diverse people experiencing homelessness and housing instability.
Aug 07, 2020

Letter about the City’s decision to dismantle encampments

The following letter was written by Mary Vaccaro, PhD candidate in McMaster's School of Social Work.
Jul 31, 2020

How much more do you need to see? Black Lives Matter

The following was from an address given by Ameil Joseph at the Black Friday Rally in Support of Black Organizations in Hamilton, Friday June 12 at Hamilton City Hall
Jun 16, 2020

Statement on the killing of George Floyd and Racial Justice

The African-Caribbean Faculty Association of McMaster University (ACFAM) has released the following statement on the killing of George Floyd and Racial Justice.
Jun 02, 2020

Wuhan, the coronavirus and the world: Thinking beyond isolation

Professor Rachel Zhou reflects on the coronavirus in this article, originally published in The Conversation
Feb 05, 2020

Attention Honours BSW and BSW Post Degree Applicants!

If you are planning to apply to the Honours BSW or BSW post-degree programs for September 2021 admission there are a few steps that you need to take once the applications open in the fall of 2020. The Supplementary Application form to apply to the program is due February 1st, 2021. This application will allow you to take the Social Work Admissions Test in mid February 2021. Please go to the Program page for either the Honours BSW or the BSW for further application information and instructions.
Feb 04, 2020

McMaster Social Work PhD Candidate awarded Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women’s Equality

Elene Lam, a student of McMaster's Social Work PhD program has been awarded the Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women’s Equality for her significant contributions to ensuring equitable treatment of women in Toronto.
Jan 09, 2020