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September 24, 2017
Canadian Excellence


Donating to the Faculty of Social Work

Since its inception in 1966, the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and practicum instruction and continues to be known as one of Canada's best graduate social work programs. The FSW offers social work programs at the Master's and Doctoral levels. The MSW program has three fields of study: Individuals, Families, and Groups; Community, Policy, Planning, and Organizations; and Aboriginal Studies. The PhD program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth in two fields of study: Studies in Social Work Practice, and Critical Social Policy and Organizational Studies. 

 The Faculty of Social Work recognizes the generosity of community, alumni and corporate contributions that have helped establish our Kitchener campus and which continue to support the development of our work. 

FSW currently has four primary funding priorities: 

Student Support

Providing financial assistance for students, through scholarships, bursaries or awards, is instrumental in helping students focus on their program and maximize their educational experience and success.  Options are available to contribute to existing financial aid opportunities or establish new ones, perhaps in honour of someone who has contributed significantly to the field of social work.

Aboriginal Field of Study

The first Master of Social Work program in Canada, the AFS is rooted in a wholistic Indigenous world view and contemporary social practice.  It aims to develop social work practitioners who demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the history, traditions and culture of the Indigenous peoples of Canada.  Currently funding priorities in AFS include support for culture camps and Aboriginal student support.

Program Support

FSW faculty and students engage in a wide variety of programs, outreach and research that build on strong connections to the community and develop innovative opportunities for collaboration.  Program support facilitates the development of these opportunities and provides unique learning and engagement opportunities for our students.

Experiential Learning

Opportunities that engage students to experience social work practice beyond the classroom.  Examples include: 

Inside/Out Program: Course are taught at Grand Valley Institute for Women that engage students and prisoners as peers in the classroom, discussing issues of social justice and collaborating on class projects.
International Opportunities: Enable students to experience a variety of cultures, societies and approaches to social work practice.

For more information on these and other opportunities within the Faculty of Social Work, please contact:

Janet Robinson, Development Officer
Faculty of Social Work & Faculty of Education
(519) 884-0710 ext. 2094