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Jane Aronson Graduate Scholarship in Social Work and Social Justice

We are delighted to announce that Jen Dustin is this year's recipient of the Jane Aronson Graduate Scholarship in Social Work and Social Justice.

Oct 24, 2016

The Jane Aronson Graduate Scholarship in Social Work and Social Justice

The Jane Aronson Graduate Scholarship in Social Work and Social Justice was established to honour the contribution of Professor Jane Aronson to the McMaster School of Social Work, to McMaster University and the Hamilton community, and to the social work profession in Canada. The scholarship recognizes PhD students with a track record of social justice leadership in social work practice.

An excerpt from Jen's application:
In my many roles as a social worker, be it as a student, researcher, practitioner, or educator, I believe my strongest contributions to social justice lie in my commitment to inclusion and mentorship. I strive to draw peers and colleagues into ongoing dialogue about our learning and our work. Likewise, in my front-line work, I endeavor to engage community members in the many professional processes that are often off-limits to service users.

My Ph.D. research asks social workers to reflect on their identities and to consider if/how media has a role in shaping it. I am interested in the connections between media representations and social work identity, with a fundamental curiosity about media’s role in the continued restructuring of social work from social justice to fiscal/risk-based responsibilities. This work is informed by my MSW research, which explored the line between ‘alternative’ and ‘mainstream’ social work. My research highlights how practitioners understand their own work in relation to social work archetypes, and further, to reveal ways in which they push against structural pressures in everyday practice.

Jane Aronson has played a significant role in my academic career; as a mentor she recognized and validated my practice experience as an asset in my academic work. Jane has had a major impact on both my graduate and professional work, and has shifted how I understand my positioning as a social justice-oriented social worker.

More about the Jane Aronson Graduate Scholarship: The $2000 scholarship is awarded by the School of Graduate Studies to a full-time PhD student in the Social Work program, based on the recommendation of the School of Social Work. All students enrolled in the upcoming academic year are eligible to apply. To be considered, students should submit their CV and a 500 word statement outlining their social justice leadership in social work practice and linking this with their (proposed) plan of study. Submit to: Darlene Savoy ( Due: May 1 of each year.

July 2015 marked the end of Jane Aronson's term as Director of the School of Social Work. In honour of her exceptional contribution, the School of Social Work established a scholarship in her name. Please join us in making a gift online and with your help, we can continue to celebrate Dr. Aronson while providing vital support to our School’s doctoral students.