Faculty and staff

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Billie Allan  joined the School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in July 2016.

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Phone: 250-472-4632


Cheryl Aro

Cheryl Aro is a Gitxsan Woman from the Gutginuxw House and the Fireweed Clan. She holds a BSW and MSW, and is currently completing a PhD in the Social Dimensions of Health program at the University of Victoria. Cheryl is honored and grateful to teach as a visitor on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WS’ANEC’ peoples.

Cheryl's research and teaching interests are in the area of Indigenous, anti-racist education and Indigenous health; particularly Elder healthcare and dementia.

Email:
Phone: 250-721-8202


Jeannine Carriere is Métis originally from the Red River area of southern Manitoba and has been a visitor on Coast Salish Territories since 2005. Her research interests are in the areas of Indigenous child welfare particularly adoption and identity for Indigenous children.

Dr. Carriere has extensive publications including her recent book, Calling Our Families Home: Metis Peoples' Experiences with Child Welfare. She has received a number of awards for her work in Indigenous child welfare including the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)'s Adoption Advocacy Award.

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Phone: 250-721-6452


Jacquie GreenKundoqk, Jacquie Green is from the Haisla Nation. She is the Director and Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and holds a BSW, MPA, and a PhD through the Faculty of Human and Social Development. Her PhD focus includes an analysis of traditional teachings (Nuyuum) implemented within leadership, practices standards and policy.

Committed to decolonization & cultural renewal, her research interests involve strategizing programs and policies that incorporate a strong Indigenous focus and analysis. She currently is a project manager for the Indigenous Child Well-Being Research Network through the faculty of Human and Social Development.

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Phone: 250-721-6453


Gwendolyn Gosek  joined the School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in January 2019.

Phone: 250-721-6298

Robina ThomasQwul'sih'yah'maht, Robina Thomas is Lyackson of the Coast Salish Nation. Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, Robina holds a BSW, MSW, and PhD in Indigenous Governance.

Robina is committed to Indigenous education and her research interests include storytelling, residential schools and Uy'skwuluwun: on being Indigenous. She is dedicated to understanding anti-racism and anti-oppression and how these can be 'lived'.

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Phone: 250-472-4877

Kim Grzybowski
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Robert Mahikwa, BSW, MSW (UVic)
Email: rmahikwa@uvic.ca

Robert holds a BSW and MSW from the University of Victoria and he is currently pursuing his Doctoral studies in Education at the University of British Columbia. He is a certified Life Skills Coach and specializes in Indigenous-rooted Social Work theory and practice. Robert's areas of interest include; Indigenous research methodologies, supporting Indigenous youth transitioning from child welfare, and Indigenous mentorship in education.

Robert is a member for the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) advisory committee, as well as a Sessional Instructor in the School of Social and has taught a range of SOCW courses including 200B, 311, and 354.


Kirsten MikkelsenKirsten Mikkelsen

Kirsten has worked with various community organizations and post-secondary education programs designing and delivering on-campus, online, and blended learning courses centering on decolonizing Indigenous content.

Kirsten's primary focus is on the scholarship of teaching with innovation in transforming online education. Recently she has worked collaboratively with colleagues around building digital representations of decolonization in ePortfolios intended to spark and inspire a recognition of ongoing Indigenous and settler-colonial relations in social work education.

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Jenny Morgan, BSW (UBC), MSW (UVic), PhD (UWO), RSW (BCCSW)
Email: jenny32@uvic.ca


Todd OrmistonNaadli, Todd Ormiston

Todd (Wolf Clan) is N. Tutchone & Tlingit. He holds a BSW and MPA and is a sessional instructor with our program. In addition, he is the Program Leader and instructor for the Indigenous Studies Program at Camosun College

Todd's lengthy career as a social services worker included working with youth involved in the criminal justice system. His teaching and research interests have a strong focus on Policy Issues and Indigenous Peoples.

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