School of Social Work

Nelson Mandela

A tribute to Nelson Mandela

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." Nelson Mandela

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March to resist cuts to social services

Resisting neoliberalism

School of Social Work faculty Cheryl Moir-van Iersel and Yvonne Haist march to demonstrate the school's opposition to cuts to social services.

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Social Work Students work on their journals

Innovative teaching and learning

Students in the summer intensive course "Collaborative Conversations" use art journals to express their thoughts, feelings and questions.

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Distance education

Flexible learning through our distance education program

Darren Usher lived and worked from Vancouver while he completed his Bachelor of Social Work through distance education. "I selected the School of Social Work at UVic because of the distance education program and its excellent reputation."

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Kundoqk Jacquie Green photo

Kundoqk, Jacquie Green is first Indigenous director

Our director, Kundoqk, Dr. Jacquie Green (Haisla) is the first Indigenous director of any mainstream post-secondary social-work program in Canada.

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Students, staff and elders

Indigenous specializations

Learn about undergraduate and graduate specializations for Indigenous students.

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Share our commitment. Bring justice to life.

Learn how to impact change with our flexible and innovative programs. Choose from the standard program or one of three specializations in our Bachelor of Social Work program, or develop critical skills with one of our three distinct Master of Social Work programs.

Learn in a supportive environment that promotes equity, respect, responsibility, curiosity, collaboration, risk-taking and creativity.

Learn where you live

Complete your BSW courses through on-campus/distance education delivery or by distance education. You can choose to complete the program by taking a combination of on-campus/blended learning courses and distance education courses.

Anthony NormanBSW Undergraduate Student Anthony Norman given a civic service award from the Victoria Police

Frances WoodcockBSW Undergraduate Student Frances Woodcock places 2nd in the UVic Diversity Writing Contest with her work Heart and Bone

Barbara WhittingtonAssociate Professor Barbara Whittington is a recipient of a 2014 Provost's Advocacy and Activism Award. Also, here is Barbara's article in the UVic Familty Centre "News & Views" monthly newsletter, her Times Colonist letter regarding mail-delivery cuts, and her Times Colonist letter in support and solidarity of PEERS.

June Preston Congratulations to our very own June Preston, Adjunct Assistant Professor for receiving an award at the last BCASW annual general meeting "Heroes of our Profession".  On behalf of our school, we honour you and thank you for your contributions to strengthening our Social Work profession! 

Susan StregaProfessor Susan Strega receives the SSHRC Insight Development Research Grant for her research The Other Side of the Equation: Researching Male Customers of Street Sex Workers.

Wheel of Structural ViolenceAssistant Professor Cathy Richardson produces Breaking Through Structural Violence: Metis 101.

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Youth Voices Create Change

Dora Leigh BjornsonDistance Education Program Director Dora Leigh Bjornson is interviewed for The Ring -  Day in the life: Dora Leigh Bjornson.

Gateway pipelineSenior Instructor Yvonne Haist intervenes at the Northern Gateway Pipeline Hearings.


  • Youth Homlessness - Aunt Leah's PlaceAdjunct Profesor Deborah Rutman studying approaches to reduce youth homelessness.

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Defend Our Coast
Green Peace Canada

Idle no moreIdle No More at UVic - January 10th Rally.