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Students enact social change as project for social work course

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Bachelor of Social Work students in the Advanced Macro Practice class are rolling up their sleeves and bringing their own social change to the community as part of their final project.

In this class last year, students were followed by peers, faculty, politicians, media personalities and community stakeholders. A group was interviewed on CBC and some of the projects extended beyond the course into research, social service, practicum and community work. Participants in the class were pleased to find out how helpful and supportive others were towards their projects.
Professor Funke Oba says that students are surprised by how much they learn in this class.

Students said it beat any other form of learning they had so far as it was different, scary, experiential and totally awesome at the same time. Many said it forced them to look inward, think critically, and interrogate their own privilege but they also discovered strengths, passion, purpose and inspiration as they enjoyed new found confidence and came away with a can-do attitude.

Advanced Macro Practice (SWREN 422R) examines and compares the strengths, limitations, differential uses, and interconnections of the range of skills needed for community organization, social planning, and social policy practice. Practical applications such as conference planning, proposal writing, and fund-raising are explored and used in their final project, which is to hold an event that supports and raises the profile of different social issues.


Here is a list of all the events being held as a part of this project:

Breaking Down the Barriers: Walking with Canada's Immigrant & Refugee Population

Thursday, November 12, 5:00-6:30 pm
Renison University College, Room 2102
Please RSVP by November 6, 2015 as seating is limited.

poster for eventHow can YOU make a difference in the midst of the current migrant crisis, and beyond? Did you know that approximately 250,000 immigrants and refugees enter Canada each year? Many of these people need the support and services provided by social, educational, healthcare, and legal professionals. As interdisciplinary professionals and students, we have a responsibility to provide informed and competent care to those we interact with each day.  By listening to the stories of this population, we can better understand their needs and the barriers that they face. Please join us on November 12, 2015 for an interdisciplinary panel featuring:

  • Sue Grafe, Nurse Practitioner at Refuge Hamilton
  • Vinh Nguyen, Professor at Renison University College
  • Bharat Khatiwada, MSW Student at Laurier University
  • Nancy Singer, Waterloo Region Community Legal Services

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End the Silence on Domestic Violence!

Thursday, November 12th at 7:30 pm
Dunker Family Lounge, Renison University College
Contact: Kathleen Foldvari

domestic violence poster

November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month! Get Involved!

Did you know…1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence. Yet, less than 1/3 of female victims report incidences of domestic violence to the police.

Are you experiencing Domestic Violence? Do you know someone who has experienced or is experiencing domestic violence? If so, you are not alone! Many people have or know someone who has been touched by domestic violence yet few people talk about it. It's a ripple effect. The effects spread. Come learn how to generate a positive ripple against the violence. End the silence. 

Domestic violence affects us all. Let's talk about making a positive ripple in the domestic violence pond and giving victims a voice. Please join us in being part of the discussion on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 7:30pm in The Dunker Family Lounge at Renison University College. All women deserve to live in an environment free from fear and violence. What can you do to help?

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Sex Trafficking in Canada: It's happening
in your city

Thursday, November 12, 5:30 pm
Renison University College, Room 2106 
Contact: Nathania Dreiling


Sex trafficking: it's happening in Canada, it's happening in every major Canadian city, and it's happening right here in your city. ​Join us as we fight back against sex trafficking in Canada with an educational presentation. We are Bachelor of Social Work students fighting to bring awareness to sex trafficking as a national and local issue. We believe no one should be a commodity. 

Guest speakers: 
Timea Nagy, Human Trafficking Survivor and Social Advocate

Constable Jeffery Merrigan, Waterloo Regional Police

Donations to support the event and the cause will be appreciated. Free parking after 5pm @ Renison & Resurrection College (across the street from Renison) Spaces limited. Paid parking ($6) at Conrad Grebel. Doors open at 5:30pm – Seats are limited, so please RSVP! To RSVP & for more information contact: Nathania Dreiling -

Health Resources & Self-Care Awareness Event

Friday, November 13, 2015, 1:00-3:00 pm
Student Life Centre, UWaterloo
Contact: Lauren Bates

poster for health resources eventDid you know that suicide is the number one cause of death, on our campus? We are not okay with this. This needs to change. We are seeking to raise awareness, on mental health, counselling, and well being services, on the University of Waterloo campus. Please join us, on November 13, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, in the SLC, to  learn more about on campus resources, and self care. Let's take a stance for mental health and well-being. As BSW Students we are seeking to raise awareness about mental health, wellness, and counselling services on the University of Waterloo campus. 

Please join us, on November 13, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, in the SLC, to learn more about on-campus resources and self-care. Let's take a stance together for our mental health and well-being. #‎SWselfcare

Each time you post what you do for self-care with the hashtag #SWselfcare you will be entered into our draw to win "The Ultimate Self-Care Gift Basket" filled with goodies to treat yourself! And check us out onFacebook!

Food Bridge – Building Connections to Food Resources

Date and time: Thursday, Nov. 19, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Renison University College, Link Hallway by reception
Contact: Maria Geleynse or

food posterDid you have breakfast today? Lunch? Dinner? What if you didn’t know where your next meal was coming from? What would it be like to not have FOOD? About 13% of people in Canada experience food insecurity. That’s roughly 4 MILLION hungry people. How can we break down barriers to food access? How can we help to better connect people to sustainable sources of food? These are the questions we are seeking to address through our project.

The Event: Food Collection and Competition
(ANYONE can participate!)

Here’s how it works!

  • November 6-19:
    • Please donate non-perishable food.  You can leave your food donations in any of the five food collection bins around Renison. (Bins are located in the English Language Centre, the Ministry Centre, the Student Life Office, Renison Reception, and in the Principal’s office.  All food will be donated to the FEDS Food Bank.)
    • Form a team, give yourselves a cool name, and sign your team up by emailing us at or sending us a message through our Facebook page (
  • November 19:
    • Attend our event at Renison, find out about barriers to and resources for food access in Kitchener-Waterloo (including our very own FEDS food bank!), and compete against other teams to build structures out of the donated food.  The winning team will receive a gourmet food basket.

Follow us on Twitter @foodbridgekw and like us on Facebook for updates, information, and pictures of the November 19 food structures!

Honouring the Land: An interactive event

Date and time: Thursday, Nov. 19, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: REN 0403
Contact: Andrew Barton

honouring the landYou are invited to join us in the process of social change! Attend a traditional land acknowledgement ceremony followed by a soup and bannock lunch. All are welcome!


The Feminist Experience

Date and time: Thursday, Nov. 12, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location SLC Room 2134/2135
Contact: Kera Vijayas

The Feminist Experience, November 12, 2015, SLC 2134/2135, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmHelp us find the tools to dismantle the master's house. We want to hear from you! What is feminism? Why is it still relevant? How does it impact your life? Participate before the event by sharing your thoughts via Twitter @Y_FEMINISM, share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #YFEMINISM, or share your story by email to


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