Programs within the School of Community Services operate from an anti-oppressive framework as we strive to counter discrimination while promoting access, equity and inclusion. Passionate faculty and staff work with students to explore various forms of marginalization and oppression, both at individual and systemic levels, while identifying strategies to create meaningful change. Guided by principles of human rights and equity, students engage with different groups and communities through course work and field practice from a critical perspective.
Our programs including Social Service Worker, Social Service Worker – Gerontology, Social Service Worker – Immigrants & Refugees, Child & Youth Care, Mental Health Intervention and the Bachelor of Community Mental Health degree program, focus on the needs of individuals, groups and families across the lifespan. The curriculum allows students to develop and apply tangible skills to explore the holistic needs of individuals facing issues related to poverty, homelessness, substance use, addiction, immigration, colonization, gender-based violence, sexual identity, gender identity, mental health, among others.
Depending on the program, graduates may be eligible for membership with a regulatory body. This membership, combined with extensive knowledge gains and hours of practical experience, increases employability across many professions, including health and mental health services, social welfare services, long-term care, and correctional facilities, as well as community-based organizations working on a wide range of issues.
We invite you to join our growing community of students, faculty, staff and community partners to engage in a journey of anti-oppression and allyship, and collectively work toward a more just and equitable society for all.