Labour Disruption

The School of Social Work relies heavily upon the knowledge and skills of part-time academics (e.g., sessional instructors, teaching assistants).  We value their contribution to our curriculum as they bring practice experience, applied knowledge and current debates within our profession into our classrooms. We are extremely fortunate to have part-time academics who are practicing social workers in our School community.

Our social work values shape who we are, and we acknowledge that the current labour disruption has put tremendous stress upon all our School members, those on the picket lines, students feeling torn between attending to their education or standing in solidarity with their colleagues, faculty who themselves are social workers, and staff who work with all members of the School community.  We ask that all of us hold each other in respect as we find ways to uphold social work values during this challenging time. 

Judy MacDonald, Director SSW

School of Social Work Anti-Black Racism Statement

The Dalhousie University School of Social Work recognizes the historical and contemporary role social work, as a profession and as an educational entity, has played in the oppression and marginalization of people of African Descent. We stand against anti-Black racism in all its manifestations. We acknowledge and take responsibility for the intergenerational trauma and institutional racism we have participated in and perpetuated, such as the removal and institutionalization of African Nova Scotian children. We seek to build and repair relationships with African Nova Scotia communities. As a way to address these harms, as a School we are committed to ongoing processes of decolonization, reparations and anti-racism work aimed at redressing burdens of colonialisms and slavery. Our commitment also means denouncing police, state, and structural violence toward people of African Descent and aligning with and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
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School of Social Work Indigenous Statement

Mourning the Children

At the School of Social Work we share in the grief and join with the country in mourning the beloved children recently discovered buried in unmarked  graves at the site of the Kamloops Residential School. 

We stand with Indigenous colleagues, students, and communities through this horrendous time. Our profession must continue to grapple with the complexities of our role in the harms of residential schools and contemporary child welfare practices with Indigenous peoples. As a School, we are committed to the work necessary to educate social workers to be able to work in relationship with Indigenous peoples and build a profession that is accountable to our historic and contemporary wrongdoing.  

We continue to take guidance from the advocacy of the First Nations Caring Society and their calls to concrete action that we can advance as citizens and as representatives of the profession ( 

Why Choose Social Work?

Gain knowledge and experience in how to help individuals, families and communities, and promote policy to provide a better environment in which to live. The School of Social Work's vision is a commitment to building a socially just society, defined as one that upholds and validates the values of equality, diversity, inclusiveness, democracy and concern for human welfare. We manifest and advance curricula, scholarship and school culture that are congruent with those values. Learn more about the profession of Social Work.

Read more about some of Social Work's graduands and the important work they have been doing.

Faculty & Research

Our professors engage and challenge students to develop their skills, emphasizing social policy, professional values, theoretical perspectives, and practice methods. Learn more about our faculty and their research specializations.



The School of Social Work is located on the third floor of the Mona Campbell Building which is situated on the corner of Coburg Road and LeMarchant Street.

Mailing address:

School of Social Work

Dalhousie University

1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 3201
PO Box 15000

Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2

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School of Social Work

Dalhousie University

1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 3201
Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2

Main Office Telephone: 902-494-3760

Fax: (902) 494-6709

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