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Our programs emphasize social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families and individuals. (Graduation November 2018) Photo: Melvin Peters

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Enhancing equity-oriented care in psychedelic medicine: Utilizing the EQUIP framework

A New Article Co-Written by BSW Student Kerri Rea

We are excited to share a new article from BSW student Kerri Rea! As part of UVIC’s JCURA research funding, she and Dr. Bruce Wallace have co-authored this paper exploring how EQUIP Health Care can inform equity-oriented psychedelic-assisted therapies. Image from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955395921003340.

Kerri Rea's JCURA Project
Photo of Chris Tse, taken by Nathan Smith

Eyes Open: An Anti-Asian Racism PSA

Christopher Tse, a MSW graduate and former SOCW Research Assistant, wrote and narrated the powerful Anti-Asian Racism video from the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice. Photo: Nathan Smith

Our School in Action
Progressive Pride Flag

Pride Month - Student Highlights

Please check out our student highlights - Ivan Leonce, 3rd year BSW student. The new Pride flag includes the six traditional rainbow stripes, a new chevron with the pink, light blue and white stripes for transgender people, and black and brown stripes for BIPOC members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Reference: The Star Vancouver

Student Highlights
Shawna Bowler graduates this spring with a master's degree in social work.

Stitching Ourselves Back Together

A learning quest leads to story, artistry and resilience - UVic News (May 26, 2021). Shawna Bowler, a proud Métis woman from Winnipeg and a MSWI graduate, was interviewed for her outstanding thesis on Indigenous women’s healing through beading methodology.

UVic News
Dr. Cindy Holmes on UVic Bounce Podcast

Dr. Cindy Holmes on UVic Bounce Podcast

Dr. Cindy Holmes discusses her experience as an undergraduate student, including her own mental health challenges in the context of social and structural oppression and the healing labour of community activism. She hopes this podcast provides a support and resources for students. Images: Spotify & UVic Bounce Instagram

UVic Bounce Podcast
Indigenous Elder in the UVic First Peoples House addressing a crowd

Indigenous Child Welfare Specialization

The School of Social Work Indigenous initiatives promote Indigenous helping and healing practices through Indigenous specializations, activities and supports for Indigenous students.

Indigenous initiatives
Event Poster for Social Work Week

BSW Student Panel Presentation - Beyond Race Theory

For Social Work Week 2021, the school hosted the student panel online presentation - Beyond Race Theory: Centering BIPOC Student Voices and Experiences in the Bachelor of Social Work Program at the University of Victoria.

Community initiatives

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. Learn more

The School of Social Work Return to Campus Updates

Share our commitment. Bring justice to life.

The School and our partners, who are students, staff, sessional instructors, and faculty members, are committed to decolonizing, anti-racism, anti-oppressive, and social justice work in our leadership, research, and education. Our goals are to establish learning opportunities and/or objectives on-campus and in an online environment that promotes decolonial-equity, respect, responsibility, accountability, curiosity, collaboration, risk-taking, and creativity.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning, and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members in our School, including our partner communities, who will work respectfully and constructively with diverse differences across multiple levels of power.

The School offers an undergraduate, Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), degree and three graduate programs (MSWF, MSWA, MSWI) that emphasize social justice, Indigenous, and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families, and individuals. All of our programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). UVic is also home to the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) and the Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest (IMN-PN).

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