News & Announcements

UofT VP and Provost Cheryl Regehr to receive honorary degree from Wilfrid Laurier University

Category: Faculty in the News

Cheryl Regehr, University of Toronto’s vice-president and provost, will be awarded an honorary degree at Wilfrid Laurier University today for her work as a community builder, social worker, educator and researcher.

Professor Faye Mishna, dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and U of T President Meric Gertler, nominated Regehr for the honour, calling her a “mental health champion” and praising her impressive career as a social worker and academic.

 

Prof. Shelley Craig and PhD Student, Gio Iacono publish on impact of intersectionality among social work students

Category: Faculty in the News, FIFSW Students in the News

Discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) social work students can negatively affect academic performance and personal and professional identity development. Intersectionality is a conceptual approach that states that social identities interact to form different meanings and experiences from those that could be explained by a single identity. This study explored how the educational experiences of LGBTQ social work students in the United States and Canada influenced their professional and personal identities. Using an intersectional analysis, three major themes emerged: the need for social work programs to better promote LGBTQ identity and emerging social work professional identity integration, a lack of LGBTQ content in the curriculum, and unsupportive LGBTQ school climates. Implications for social work education are considered.