Black Brilliance in Social Work: Professor & Interim Dean Charmaine Williams
I have a family caregiving project that has started sharing research on the experiences of Ontario families living with mental illness. We are using our research results to develop resources for advocacy and training of health and social service professionals, and public education.
I’m also excited about the role I play on the expert panel for the Public Health Agency of Canada Mental Health of Black Canadians Initiative that has funded community-based projects led by Black-led organizations to research and develop culturally-appropriate mental health interventions for Black communities across Canada.
What part of your social work journey/work are you most proud of?
What advice do you have for Black social work students?
What is a professional or personal goal that you are looking forward to achieving?
Recommending reading for Black History Month:
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem (MSW!).
Throughout the month of February we will be highlighting the work of Black social workers in our Faculty and around the world. If you would like to highlight a Black social worker or are a Black social worker yourself, connect with us.
Read more Q&As highlighting Black Brilliance in social work:
- Alumna Debbie Johnson
- Assistant Professor Harry Taylor
- Alumna Sherene Whyte
- Alumnus Moyo Rainos Mutamba