SOCW students graduating

Study what you're passionate about

Our programs emphasize social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families and individuals. (Graduation June 2022)

Become a student
Carmin Blomberg, BSW 4th year student, Indigenous specialization

Student Highlights

Carmin Blomberg - BSW student’s learning journey: Honoring Interconnection/s Through Art

Student Highlights
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
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
Dr. Robina Thomas, VP Indigenous, and MSWI almuni, Bart Knudsgaard, Tanille Johnston and Alysha Brown

Indigenous 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 (Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples on whose territory the university stands, and the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. Learn more

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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