Univer­sity of Wind­sor re­al­izes down­town dream

Windsor Star - - EDITORIAL - NANCY WRIGHT Dr. Nancy Wright is the dean of the Fac­ulty of Arts, Hu­man­i­ties and So­cial Sciences which in­cludes the School of So­cial Work.

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.

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