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Social Service Worker - Immigrant and Refugee Program

Helping each other provide global healing

Seneca’s Social Service Worker-Immigrant and Refugee (SSW-IR) program is the only one of its kind in Canada. It provides social service workers the unique skills and experience to support immigrants and refugees as they leave difficult circumstances and build new lives for themselves and their families.

Eighty percent of the graduates from this program are new Canadians themselves, and the program also attracts Canadian-born students, who are strong advocates of social justice and in some cases have faced oppression or hardship in their lives.

It is no surprise that SSW-IR students are some of the most engaged and generous members of the Seneca community. Their club was recognized as the College’s best by the Seneca Student Federation for its community building and philanthropic activities. Students serve as peer mentors and have established a bursary program to cover tuition for colleagues in need.

“Our community comes together to make a positive difference,” says SSW-IR Coordinator and Professor Soheila Pashang. “It’s an approach that’s in line with our program and what graduates try to do in their careers.”

SSW-IR students, back row (L to R): Dalia El-Farra, Cheryl Hall, Soheila Pashang (faculty), Pascal Mfunyi Lumbala. Front row (L to R): Jesson Reyes, Devin Richards, Xenia Osegueda and Aysegul Karakucuk.