York's MSW graduate program takes an approach to research and teaching that places diversity of experience (due to race, class, ability, sexual orientation, age, gender, and religious/spiritual affiliation) as central to understanding how oppression, marginalization and assistance are constructed for persons in need of social work services.

York University's PhD in Social Work builds on the strengths and traditions of our undergraduate and graduate programs, while focusing on the conceptualization of the field of social work, its antecedents, theory and epistemology. Our program is distinguished by its critical approach to the field and its emphasis on human rights, social justice and anti-oppression.

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Two York U grad students receive Hilary M. Weston scholarships

Ontario is recognizing two York graduate social work students with the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for their outstanding efforts and commitment to the study of mental health.

Amber Reid, a masters student at York University and social justice advocate, will receive the award for her research on mental health and its relation to poverty, gender and criminalization as well as her focus on disability studies.

Edward Hon-Sing Wong, entering the Ph D Social Work program at York University, will receive the award for his research into the processes and discourses behind police interventions in the field of mental health. This includes studying how mental health workers and survivors experience and interpret police intervention.

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York U PhD student gets $10,000 fellowship to study effectiveness of poverty protests

A $10,000 supplemental award will help a third-year York PhD student study the effectiveness of poverty groups’ protest tactics and how government bureaucracies respond to those tactics.

Social work student A.J. Withers, already operating under a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant, is also the recipient of the Aileen D. Ross Fellowship under SSHRC's Talent Program. The fellowship is awarded yearly to a SSHRC doctoral award recipient conducting poverty-related research in sociology.

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