News & Announcements

Prof. Peter A. Newman awarded SSHRC Partnership Grant

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Prof. Peter A. Newman has been awarded a 7-year, $2.5 million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The partnership – MFARR-Asia (Mobilizing for a Research Revolution to Ensure LGBTIQ Inclusion in Asia) – brings together over 25 academic and community partners from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Intergovernmental Organization partners include the United Nations Development Programme and the Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutes.

MFARR-Asia’s multidisciplinary team will work to document and advance the inclusion of LGBTIQ people in all spheres of public life using innovative mixed methods approaches, including participatory video, and train a new generation of scholars, practitioners, and advocates working with LGBTIQ communities. More details on the project can be found here:

Prof. David Brennan’s research lab, CRUISElab featured on UofT News

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U of T’s CRUISElab is an interdisciplinary social work research lab that focuses on the health and well-being of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. Prof. David Brennan and researchers hope to build a sense of community by using social media apps to promote sexual health and then track the tactic’s effectiveness in reaching the desired audience.

New dean of the FIFSW

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Professor Dexter Voisin is to become the new dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

CBC News highlights a new study, co-authored by Carmen Logie, on northern LGBTQ youth and adults

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Researchers have found that northerners deal with inaccurate assumptions about their gender and sexual identity at the doctor’s office — and that could be bad for their sexual health care.

A new study published in the journal Health and Social Care in the Community based its findings on interviews done in 2015 with 37 LGBTQ youth and adults, and health care and support providers who work with them.

Prof. David Brennan speaks on CTV’s Your Morning

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It’s been 35 years since the cause of HIV was discovered.

Here’s what has changed since this virus was discovered, and what the outlook is today for someone with an HIV diagnosis.

Prof. Toula Kourgiantakis is a recipient of a 2018-19 UofT Early Career Teaching Award

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The award recognizes faculty members who are effective teachers and demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation. Each year, up to four awards are offered.

Professor Toula Kourgiantakis is being recognized for developing Practice Fridays for MSW students at the FIFSW.

A ceremony presenting the awards will be held in the Fall of 2019.

The University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award winners are determined by a process of nomination and selection by a committee. The selection committee assess candidates based on proven evidence of successful undergraduate and/or graduate teaching as well as evidence of impact in at least two of the following areas:

  • Initiatives to enhance and/or support student learning (e.g., the development of student mentoring programs, innovative classroom practices, distinct approaches to courses and curricula).
  • Initiatives promoting student-faculty interactions (e.g., development of learning communities, creating opportunities for co-/extracurricular learning).
  • Contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning (e.g., formal/informal research, presentations and/or publications on teaching and learning in a post-secondary environment)
  • Pedagogical contributions outside the classroom (e.g., contributions to departmental/divisional curricular initiatives, work with teaching/learning committees or centres, mentorship of more junior colleagues).
  • Ongoing pedagogical development/enhancement (e.g., professional development to enhance one’s own teaching, evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching).

Ontario Senior Achievement Award Recipients

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The Ontario Senior Achievement Awards recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through voluntary or professional activities after the age of 65.

Lilian M. Wells of Toronto has spent decades advocating for seniors’ welfare in Toronto. She is a founding member and served two terms as president of the Toronto Council on Aging. She helped design many programs to empower seniors, and her work helped Toronto receive the Age-Friendly City designation from the World Health Organization.