Woyengi (Gigi) Goary



Gigi Goary is a PhD student at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She obtained her BA (Linguistics and Psychology) from University of Toronto, BSW from University of Manitoba and MSW from York University.

Her social work experience includes over 15 years of experience working with children and their families in child welfare, hospitals, community mental health organizations, employee assistance counselling programs, union executive committee work and private practice.

She served as a Board Director for the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, the Durham Unemployed Help Centre and the Schoolhouse Playcare Centres of Durham and sat on the Durham Children’s Aid Society’s Children’s Services Committee for all children in care and the Collective Hands Committee for Black youth in foster care.

Her research interests include the uncovering of the institutional social processes that maintain interlocking structural barriers for Black female child protection workers in Canada. Other research interests include exposing the tensions and negotiations involved in the creation, maintenance and shifting of power across groups from various intersecting social locations within institutions.