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Doctoral Research at FIFSW – March 12, 2013

March 12, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Doctoral Research at FIFSW

Sponsored by the FIFSW Alumni Association, Ph.D. Program, and Ph.D. Student Association


Tuesday, March 12, 2013
6:00-8:00 p.m., FIFSW Student Lounge (Room 320)

Each student will present their work, in various states of progress, and the audience will participate in a constructive and informal discussion that we are hoping will bring about a mutual exchange of ideas.


Gerardo Betancourt

Masculinities, migration and HIV: Analyzing the impact of sexual discourses on Latino immigrant gay men’s sexual desires, pleasures and passions in Canada.”

Gerardo Betancourt is a second year PhD student at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. His research interest is related to the impact of masculinities discourses, migration, and the embodiment of sexual desires, particularly among Spanish-speaking gay men. He has worked for the past six years as a HIV Community Educator, leading an HIV prevention intervention called “Chicos Net” at the Centre for the Spanish-Speaking Peoples. In 2012, Queen’s University received CIHR funding for evaluating “Chicos Net”, Gerardo’s theoretical model in two cities in Ontario, and in Cali, Colombia.


Rusty Souleymanov

An examination of resilience among substance-using men who have sex with men: Implications for harm reduction & HIV prevention programs.”

Rusty Souleymanov is a first year PhD student at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Prior to commencing his PhD, Rusty worked in the fields of harm reduction and HIV prevention. For his research, he hopes to use critical theory to re-examine resilience-enhancing, community-based approaches to HIV prevention and harm reduction for substance-using queer/gay/same-gender loving men. He will investigate how goals that are not directly focused upon disease prevention may help reduce the risk of HIV transmission among this group.
Discussant: Aron Shlonsky, PhD Program Director

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP as space is limited n.valentine@utoronto.ca
Child care may be available. Please inquire if interested.


March 12, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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