As we enter our ninth decade of preparing students for professional social work practice, the School continues to emphasize critical, transformative knowledge. We invite you to build your knowledge and skills on our foundational values of social justice and a caring society. Founded in 1929, we are the oldest social work education program in British Columbia and the third oldest in Canada...More
CIHR Masters Award for HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research
This program assists community-based organizations in developing the knowledge they need to carry out their work in the most effective manner and in creating research expertise within these organizations. Each proposal is evaluated under two main criteria with equal weight: potential impact and scientific merit.
Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship
Winners are selected during a rigorous university-wide competition on the basis of academic excellence, research ability or potential, and communication, interpersonal, and leadership abilities.
CIHR Masters Fellowship in Population Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention
This fellowship is administered through the University of Waterloo’s Propel Centre for Population Health Impact. The main purpose is to catalyze new interdisciplinary collaborations that focus on preventing chronic diseases and reducing their burden.
CIHR IMPART Fellowship - (Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training)
This is an innovative, multidisciplinary research training program designed to equip health researchers from across disciplines, sectors and settings to conduct sex- and gender-based analyses in addictions research with a focus on the intersections of violence, trauma and mental health with addictions.
On September 3rd 2013 the School unveiled its new logo at the Musqueam Indian Band as part of our student orientation day. The Coast Salish logo design was chosen from submissions by Indigenous artists. They were asked to submit Coast Salish designs with a transformation theme to reflect School’s vision of ‘Building upon a foundation of social justice and an ethic of care, we are a community of learners actively engaged in the development of critical, transformative knowledge for social work practice’. The School logo recognizes our location on the unceded territory of the Musqueam people and we are pleased that the winning artist, Ray Sim, is a member of the Musqueam Indian Band. We thank the Musqueam people for their support in selecting the logo and their warm hospitality during our orientation. We thank Ray Sim for his outstanding design.
The design depicts Raven transforming into a human child. Raven all along the coast is seen to be the most magical of beings with the ability to shapeshift into anything at will. The most frequent form s/he takes is that of a human. Through Ravens adventures s/he creates much of what we have around us land, sea mountains, lakes, and rivers. Mankind learns much and acquires knowledge of life and living through learning the morals associated with Raven’s adventures and misadventures for s/he also inadvertently has created much by making mistakes as well as intentionally.
Ray Sim is a member of the Musqueam Salish Nation of Vancouver, BC. He also has close familial ties to the Gitksan through his grandfather, who is from the Gitanmaax Band. His first exposure to Northwest Cost Art came at age 11, when he attended art classes taught by Ron Hamilton. He has received two years formal training from 1992 to 1994, first with Vernon Stephans and then with Ken Mowatt at the Kitanmaax School in Hazelton. He feels his time spent at ‘Ksan learning from these instructors has been an invaluable experience.
Also, in 2001, Ray participated in an Advanced Design Workshop given by Robert Davidson. Ray says that this has been a very enriching educational experience, and that what he has learned in these workshops will help to elevate his work to come to a higher level of accomplishment. He feels that all of his experiences with Northwest Coast art and artists have been very inspirational as they continue to enrich his life.
He has taught art at both the Ha-ho-payuk School and the Friendship Centre as well as various schools in Port Alberni. Ray is an artist dedicated to his work, and he is continually striving to further his understanding of Northwest coast art.
Students and faculty of the UBC School of Social Work sent a message of solidarity to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) Russians living under that country's anti-gay policies and practices. The solidarity stand was part of Outweek at UBC (February 8-14, 2014), intentionally scheduled to coincide with the Sochi Olympics. Other Outweek activities at the School of Social Work included transforming the Jack Bell building into a virtual "Pride House." Vancouver was the first Olympic location to offer Pride Houses for queer athletes, but Russia refused to create spaces of safety and support for LGBTQQ athletes competing in the Sochi games. Accordingly, locations all over the globe created virtual Pride Houses to support queer athletes. To read more about the Pride House movement: http://www.pridehouse.ca/ . For more information about upcoming events to End LGBT Violence in Russia, organized by School of Social Work BSW student Chad Walters: https://www.facebook.com/events/283852831769017/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming .
The School would like to congratulate Dr. Edward Kruk, Associate Professor, who has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, in recognition of his research and service contributions, carried out with distinction, on the best interests of children. More here...
The School would like to congratulate Dr. Shelly Johnson, who joined the School as an Assistant professor this past year, on being named a Peter Wall Early Career Scholar ( PWIAS ) for 2013-14. This prestigious award will provide mentoring and support for Dr. Johnson in establishing her research programme at UBC.
The School would like to congratulate Professor Frank Tester and his colleagues who were among the recipients of the
The School would like to congratulate Professor Frank Tester and his colleagues who were among the recipients of the first Artic Inspiration Award for their project INUIT QUJIMAJATUQANGIT.
Inuit Qujimajatuqangit received $240,000 for its book project –What Inuit Have Always Known to be True – which will describe Inuit culture and traditional knowledge and will serve as a resource for academics, researchers, educators and the next generation of Inuit.
The Arctic Inspiration Prize recognizes and promotes the extraordinary contribution made by teams in the gathering of Arctic knowledge and their plans to implement this knowledge to real world applications for the benefit of the Canadian Arctic, Arctic Peoples and therefore Canada as a whole.
The $1 million CAD Arctic Inspiration Prize is awarded annually and is made possible through the generous endowment of the S. and A. Inspiration Foundation, the commitment of ArcticNet to voluntarily manage the Prize, as well as the contribution of numerous volunteers and partners.
For more information on the award and the INUIT QUJIMAJATUQANGIT project go to: http://www.arcticinspirationprize.ca/laureates/laureates.php
The Wall Hour, Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues (6476 NW Marine Drive).
The talk, “Living Through Violence: Transitional Justice and the Everyday”, will be given by Professor Erin Baines and Professor Pilar Riaño-Alcalá from the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the School of Social Work.
A light lunch is available at no charge, but participants are asked to register at: http://events.pwias.ubc.ca/wall-hour
November 22, 2012. Richard Splane Lecture Series Presents:
"Ottawa and Poverty" Abstract: Poverty is a complex problem that requires a broad range of solutions by all three orders of government as well as the non-governmental sector (the voluntary sector, employers, unions and communities). But the key player is the federal government, specifically through its income programs. Income security programs have done a lot in reducing poverty but Ottawa could do more.
Ken Battle is President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. Before founding Caledon in 1992, he was Director of the National Council of Welfare, a citizens’ advisory body to the Minister of National Health and Welfare.
Educated at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and Oxford University in the UK, Ken is one of Canada’s leading social policy thinkers. He has played a key role both inside and outside government in the reform of social policy, including the development of the new National Child Benefit and the proposed Seniors Benefit. He served as a member of the Ministerial Task Force on Social Security Reform in 1994 and as policy advisor on child benefit reform to the Minister of Human Resources Development in 1996 and 1997...More
I don't Cross borders - the borders come to me and I dance with them
A poet, playwrite and refugee reflection on the borders of transition and justice
An inviation to YOU to learn about and join the wide range of networks and groups at the Liu Institue, including: Transitional Justice Network (TJN), Migration Network, Gloabl Queer Research Group (GQRG) and the Research Group on Gender and Sexuality in Latin America.
Thursday September 20, 2012 at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC , 5-7pm
Congratulations to Ricardo Chaparro-Pacheco.
(UBC School of Social Work) for receiving the Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship (GGLF)
through the inaugural 2011-2012 competition supporting PhD Students at UBC.
Ricardo Chaparro-Pacheco is a PhD Student in the School of Social Work and a Liu Scholar at UBC. His research interests are related to human rights, psychosocial dimensions of armed conflicts, and community strategies for social reconstruction. His current research explores the historical memory work and transitional justice mechanisms with victims of socio-political violence in Colombia from a psychosocial approach. He has conducted qualitative participatory research with internally displaced population, as well as with Afro-Colombian and indigenous/aboriginal people.
Ricardo holds a MA on Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity and Culture, and a BA Honour Graduate in Social Work from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. In this same University he has been a lecturer in the graduate diploma on Peacebuilding Strategies and Do No Harm Approach Approaches; and since 2006 he has been a Senior Researcher of the Program University Initiatives for Peace and Coexistence -PIUPC-. Betweeen 2009 and 2010 he worked with the Colombian Commission of Historical Memory documenting the massacre of Bojaya (Choco, Colombia). Between 2006 and 2008, Ricardo did an internship on child protection and family services at Leake and Watts Services, Inc., in New York state.
PhD Supervisor: Dr. Pilar Riaño-Alcalá, School of Social Work - Liu Institute for Global Issues.
Louise Arbour: Truth to Power A Dialogue with Stephen Toope.
April 19th, 2012. 3:30-5:00pm Frederic Wood Theatre. UBC.
UBC Prof leads new eight-month program to empower people with intellectual disabilites...more
Nanisiniq: Arviat History Project. Dr. Frank Tester's latest Research Project involving Arviat. Fourth year sociology student April Dutheil presented on the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project at the URC held at Fudan University in Shanghai. Latest News Here with Link to Tyee Article.
Neskonlith Indian Band Administrator. Senior Social Work Officer for Air Command. Senior Advisor on Aboriginal Affairs to University of British Columbia President. Researcher. Teacher. Social Worker. These are only some of the incarnations of Richard Vedan. < Full Article Here >
Congratulations to our first PhD graduate Janet Douglas! Her Thesis was “An Evaluation of the Safety and Well-Being of Children Living in Marijuana Grow Operations”. The UBC School of Social Work wishes her all the best in her future career.
Six young Inuit from Nunavut Territory have travelled some 2,400 km to the University of British Columbia to re-examine the history of their communities.
Many of their Elders were subjects of Farley Mowat’s well-known books, People of the Deer and The Desperate People, which documented famines that devastated many Inuit communities in the 1940s and 1950s.
From Aug. 13-23, the students will be exploring UBC’s more than 11,000 historical documents related to the eastern Arctic. Led by Frank Tester, a professor at UBC’s School of Social Work and an Arctic historian, the collection is the largest of its kind in the world.