University of Windsor realizes downtown dream
This fall marks a new era for the University of Windsor as the dream of a downtown campus becomes a reality at the corner of Pitt and Ferry streets. Students, faculty and staff from both the School of Social Work and Centre for Executive and Professional Education are settling into our new home and anxious to meet our new neighbours in the core. At the School of Social Work, we’d also like the community to get to know us better.
Social Work is a prime example of what sets the University of Windsor apart from its peer institutions:
UWindsor’s School of Social Work is the only School of Social Work in Ontario to offer a full-time Bachelor’s degree program in Disability Studies, and the only School of Social Work in Canada to offer innovative combined degree options, including a Bachelor of Social Work and Disability Studies as well as a Bachelor of Social Work and Women’s Studies.
UWindsor’s School of Social Work is one of only three schools in Ontario to offer a joint LL.B. and MSW degree program with a unique integrated curriculum.
UWindsor’s School of Social Work focuses on three areas of expertise: child welfare, gerontology and health. Our faculty members’ research and publications on these topics connect Windsor with a global community.
For example, Dr. Kevin Gorey’s research compares cancer survival rates in the United States and Canada. Dr. Nazim Habibov is researching the changes to public attitudes to poverty caused by the 2007 global financial crisis in 28 transnational countries. Their research raises awareness of the social as well as personal consequences of health disparities across nations.
Faculty members of the School of Social Work have been nationally recognized for groundbreaking scholarship concerning social justice. Dr. Robin Wright’s intervention study, The National Arts and Youth Demonstration Project, investigates the arts as an innovative approach to the prevention of emotional behaviour problems in youth in Canada and the United States.
Dr. Wansoo Park and Dr. Sun Yung have examined the experiences of educational migrants in Canadian schools. These projects contribute to the University of Windsor’s goal of producing new knowledge needed to sustain healthy communities.
The School of Social Work also engages extensively with the Windsor-Essex region through The University of Windsor Community-University Partnership (CUP).
Under the direction of Mary Medcalf, the CUP has won numerous awards including the Excellence in Sustain- able Education Award (from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) and the Campus Community Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Annual Award.
The CUP, during the last decade, has secured $1.27 million in funding to support services, research programs and infrastructure for their local community partners.
Through its field education programs, the School of Social Work directly contributes to the social and economic wellbeing of the Windsor-Essex region.
Working together with faculty who are their supervisors, students engaged in field service education provide over 101,000 hours of services to health and human service organizations every year in our community.
That is a contribution of more than $2.5 million in services on a pro bono basis to the Windsor-Essex region.
Through its educational and research programs the School of Social Work exemplifies how the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS) enables the University of Windsor to implement its strategy of addressing the grand challenge of providing the innovative research, education, and social services needed to sustain viable, healthy and safe communities.