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FIFSW’s Academic Plan

Developed by past FIFSW Dean Faye Mishna, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s 2017-2019 Academic Plan provides strategic directions for the Faculty as it moves toward its goal of bettering humanity.

The plan lays our four strategic directions:

1. Mobilize Knowledge
2. Promote Wellbeing & Equity
3. Foster Innovatibe Learning
4. Collaborate Locally/Nationally/Globally

> Click here to read the Factor-Inwentash of Social Work’s 2018-2022 Academic Plan: Transforming Lives, Connecting Communities [PDF]

Andrea Himel (MSW 1998) is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Family Court Branch

We’d like to congratulate alumna Andrea Himel (MSW 1998) on being appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Family Court Branch.

Justice Himel is a graduate of U of T’s combined law and social work program.From the Department of Justice Canada announcement:

Justice Andrea Himel received her B.A. from McGill University (1993) and her joint LL.B./M.S.W degree from the University of Toronto (1998). She was a student and associate at Smith Lyons LLP (now Gowling WLG) and subsequently moved to Torkin Manes LLP. She joined the legal panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer following her call to the bar in 2000.

Prior to her appointment, Madam Justice Himel was a sole practitioner with a focus on family law, mediation, child protection and children’s law. As a member of the Child and Family Services Review Board, she adjudicated and mediated cases involving school expulsions, adoptions, secure treatment, and other Children’s Aid Society matters.

Justice Himel is a past-president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and was Co-Chair of the Conference and Research/Policy Committees. She was a major contributor to the development and marketing of the AFCC-O’s Parenting Plan Guide and Template. Since 2012, Justice Himel has mentored students through the externship program at the University of Toronto, providing opportunities to learn about the family justice and child protection systems. Throughout her career, Justice Himel has been a frequent presenter at educational programs and has published articles on a variety of topics.

> Click here to read the full announcement.

> Click here to learn more about the Combined Law and Master of Social Work – JD/MSW Program


The Sophie Lucyk Virtual Library is the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s new and powerful way to educate people around the world, as well as a fitting memorial to honour alumna and social worker Sophie Lucyk’s passionate desire to help all people receive an education. The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work has made knowledge mobilization one of its strategic directions. The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is renowned internationally for is scholarship and research championing social justice and social welfare for society’s most vulnerable.

What started as a collection of cyber-related social work research has now, through the generous gift from Sophie Lycek’s estate, been expanded and now offers online access to all of the research activities and products generated by our members of faculty.

You can find content by name of the researcher, by subject, by date or by title.


Research Highlight


New study by FIFSW researcher Carmen Logie on how stigma and social exclusion increase HIV risks among LGBT persons in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean has the highest rate of reported new HIV cases in the Americas. HIV disproportionately affects transgender women and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in the global pandemic. Social exclusion and stigma targeting LGBT people increase HIV vulnerability by reducing access to HIV prevention and care, increasing exposure to violence, and limiting employment and education opportunities. Social exclusion of LGBT people leads to a greater likelihood of being involved in sex work, which carries its own risks of exposure to violence and HIV. That’s why it is particularly important to understand connections between stigma and HIV risks in contexts where homosexuality is criminalized, such as Jamaica.

In Jamaica, the general population HIV rate is 1.7%, but among men who have sex with men, and transgender women, reports show HIV prevalence of 25-30%, which is the highest in the Caribbean.

New studies led by Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work researcher Dr. Carmen Logie look at the stigma faced by LGBT people in Jamaica and the implications for their health, particularly their HIV risks. The studies focus on men who have sex with men and on transgender women, two of the most vulnerable groups in this population, and examines at role of stigma in the HIV pandemic in the Caribbean. The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and included several local partners in Jamaica.