Diversity and Equity Committee

The School of Social Work’s Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC) is committed to furthering the School’s commitment to social justice by fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Specifically, the DEC is responsible for:

  • Publicizing the School's programs for the purpose of recruiting students according to the School’s Affirmative Action Policy
  • Exploring and suggesting solutions concerning problems and issues associated with the School's policy of affirmative action (both on and off campus);
  • Maintaining liaison with other school committees (by providing DEC representatives) to promote the interests of the members of designated groups;
  • Assisting in admissions procedures for designated applicants;
  • Promoting knowledge of affirmative action concerns within the School;
  • Developing means of implementing the School's policy with respect to designated groups, and to take responsibility for operationalizing these when provided with adequate resources (e.g. educational supports for students, special projects, workshops and materials).

The membership of the DEC is comprised of :

  • Two faculty members, one serving as Chair;
  • Three students, including students from the designated groups;
  • Two alumni working in the community, with preference given to graduates who are members of designated groups.
  • Representatives from designated groups when available.

Currently, the School has the following policies related to diversity and equity: 

To contact the Chair of the DEC, please contact Ifeyinwa Mbakogu.

To contact the Accommodations Officer, please contact Eli Manning.

We are pleased to share with you the first Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC) Newsletter. View the newsletter.

Download the DEC Resource Guide for Social Work Students [PDF 1.3 MB]


Upcoming Events

Plan to attend the virtual gathering on: "Practising Social Work from a Two-Eyed Perspective" on Monday, November 30th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Download the poster [5.3 MB].

Plan to attend the Panel Discussion on 'Interrogating Whiteness" being put on by the Diversity and Equity Committee on Wednesday, October 21st from 5:30 -8:00 p.m. Download the poster.

Plan to attend the Panel Discussion on: '(dis)Ability: Diverse Voices, Situations, Challenges and Interventions' on Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 3:40 p.m. in Room #3111 in The Mona Campbell Building on 1459 LeMarchant Street. See the poster [6.7 MB].

Plan to attend the Panel Discussion on 'Policing Black Lives: Is this too much Noise about Nothing?' on Monday, November 18 at 5:30 in Room #1108 in the Mona Campbell Building on 1459 LeMarchant Street. Look at the poster [3.1 MB].

Plan to attend the public screening of "Birth of A Family" on Friday, Mach 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 1108, Mona Campbell Building, 1459 LeMarchant Street, Dahousie University.
The Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC) Conversation Series, School of Social Work, Celebrates Social Work History Month with the Public Screening of ‘Birth of a Family,' an NFB Documentary based on the experiences of four Indigenous children (Now all in middle age ) 'removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop.' (NFB).  The screening is followed by Conversations with Filmmaker Dr. Tasha Hubbard, writer  and associate professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.  The event features Dr. Raven Sinclair, an expert on the Sixties Scoop and Professor of Social Work at the University of Regina . The event is moderated by  Catherine Martin, writer, drummer and the first woman Mi’kmaw filmmaker from the Atlantic Region. Download the poster [1.5 MB].