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School of Social Work to host graduate reception

The reception will be open to all graduates of the School of Social Work from the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Jun 01, 2022

Social Assistance Recipients Have Given Up On Government Help

It is understandable that the hungry people who wait for food in miserable weather have given up on the government, Sally Palmer writes in The Hamilton Spectator.
May 31, 2022

Homeless and pregnant: responding to a crisis

Our goal is to create a community-wide commitment that prioritizes people experiencing pregnancy for housing, Mary Vaccaro and Medora Uppal write.
May 25, 2022

Opinion: The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial shows the dangers of fan culture

PhD student in the School of Social Work, Maddie Brockbank, was featured in the Conversation.
May 20, 2022

Strong Medicine: Culture Matters

June 6, 2022; 6:30 to 8:30 pm, St. Cuthbert's, 2 Bond Street North, Hamilton (Westdale) 905 765-5487 to register. Part 2 of the Grandmothers of Steel Film series. This is a non-ticket event. Guests are invited to make a donation at the door.
May 18, 2022

Social Work Graduate Students Receive Funding

Eleven Social Work graduate students were successful after answering our annual call for proposals for funding of leadership and research activities, receiving funding of up to $300 each. Recipients of the funding included three students in the MSW Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities program, two students in the MSW Critical Analysis program and six students in the PhD program. A wide array of important topics were submitted for funding ranging from conference funding, software to support research, developing community meetings, engaging homeless seniors in art to understand need, developing focus groups, and using stories to understand experiences. Congratulations to all successful 2022 Social Work graduate student funding recipients.
May 18, 2022

Mother and daughter McMaster grads help launch program supporting Afghan refugees

McMaster alumna Hila Taraky and her mother Marufa Shinwari, a PhD student at McMaster, are drawing on their experiences as refugees, working with community partners across Hamilton to support those displaced and targeted by the Taliban in their home country of Afghanistan.
Mar 15, 2022

Get to know YWCA Women of Distinction Award winner, Renata Hall

Renata is a McMaster star student, YWCA Women of Distinction Award winner, co-founder of the Learning in Colour platform and the heart and soul of StreetEatzHamOnt. Learn more about her journey in this Q&A.
Mar 15, 2022

Meet some of our extraordinary YWCA Women of Distinction nominees

Trailblazing students and inspiring staff, faculty and community members: McMaster is proud to be associated with so many nominees for this year’s YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction awards. Here are the extraordinary women in our community who have been recognized this year. The awards were announced March 3. The School of Social Work would like to acknowledge the amazing women on this list who are associated with the School! Heartfelt congrats to all.
Mar 13, 2022


Disability Justice Network of Ontario calls to Abolish Long-Term Care: Petition: Spectator article:
Mar 01, 2022

Remembering Susan Watt

Susan Watt, Emerita Professor of Social Work and Adjunct Professor at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, passed away on February 21, 2022.
Feb 26, 2022

Indigenous-led team at Brantford General Hospital aims to offer better care for First Nations patients

Dr. Amy Montour, Christina Ingram, and McMaster BSW Alum Leigh Staats are part of the team of Brantford General Hospital's Indigenous Health Services department, which launched in 2020.
Feb 23, 2022

Winner announced for Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster

Maddie Brockbank has been chosen as a recipient of this year’s Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster!
Feb 01, 2022

Social Work students launch program – and website - to teach youth about safe substance use and overdose prevention

Olivia Mancini, Kayla Crabtree and Samm Floren create Student Overdose Prevention and Education Network (SOPEN), a volunteer-based program to teach youth about safe substance use and overdose prevention.
Dec 22, 2021

Creating inclusive learning spaces through online engagement

Learning in Colour is a digital platform dedicated to creating safe and inclusive classroom spaces informed by the perspectives and experiences of Black, Indigenous and racialized students. Article by Meghan Johnston Originally Published on Daily News
Nov 01, 2021

Maddie Brockbank rocks!

Maddie Brockbank is a PhD student at McMaster University's School of Social Work who specializes in men's violence prevention. She is among the winners of the Women Who Rock Awards.
Nov 01, 2021

Dedicated to diversity and inclusion

Nagham Azzam is the recipient of the Hamilton Health Sciences’ (HHS) 2021 Pat Mandy Inclusion Award (PMIA). The PMIA recognizes an individual who embodies the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion every day and who dedicates themselves to removing barriers to inclusion for marginalized populations.
Oct 25, 2021

Social Work student, Calvin Prowse, talks about receiving the prestigious Hilary M. Weston Scholarship

Prowse was one of two graduate students awarded the scholarship, which recognizes outstanding work and contribution to mental health.
Oct 22, 2021

Caught in the Carceral Web: Anti-Trafficking Laws and Policies and their Impact on Migrant Sex Workers

Join us as we present the findings of an evidence-based research report which maps the tangled web of Canadian anti-trafficking laws and policies, and investigates their impact on migrant sex workers.
Oct 12, 2021

Sally E. Palmer, professor emerita in the School of Social Work, receives an Ontario Senior Achievement Award

The Ontario Senior Achievement Awards recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through voluntary or professional activities after the age of 65.
Oct 06, 2021