A Message from the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work is preparing a new generation of practitioners, researchers, and change agents through theory and practice opportunities to facilitate the collective welfare and wellbeing of all people and promote human rights and social justice.

We have distinguished ourselves through strong academics as well as a skills-oriented approach to social work practice. A cornerstone of our program is our approach to teaching and learning through interactive and stimulating environments on campus and online.

Our post-BA Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) (Honours) program is available through full-time and part-time studies. This program provides students with a first-level professional Social Work degree.

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program is available through full-time and part-time studies. 

The School of Social Work seeks to reflect a diverse student population and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of all ages, gender identities, cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and abilities.

The School of Social Work faculty are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, scholarship, contributions to the field of study and active participation. They are focused on agency-based social work practice, student education, and knowledge-building through research.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the school’s teaching and learning environment. The web site is organized to provide easy access to information about our various programs and activities, introduce you to the people who make up the school community, and link you to useful social work resources. If you have any questions or concerns, we're only an e-mail or phone call away.


Renison University College
Affiliated with the University of Waterloo

In The News...

Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre win Award for Diversity and Inclusivity

The Waterloo Aboriginal Education Center has been given the Award for Diversity & Inclusivity by the Status of Women & Equity Committee. Amy Smoke, our current BSW student, will be presented with this award at an event on April 18, 2017.

Amy was nominated by MPP Catherine Fife, along with support from Wendy Fletcher, President and Vice-Chancellor, Renison University College; and Shawn Johnston, Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre Events Coordinator, for a community award called "Leading Women Leading Girls". 

Some community members and staff at the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Center participated in filming, interviewing, singing and narrating a short film called "Indigenizing Post Secondary Education" created through Conestoga College and with input from local Juno-nominated artist Alysha Brilla. It has been released to the public and Conestoga College will be hosting an event to "screen the film".

Link to Conestoga College Aboriginal Services

Link to award-winning video

Vinh Nguyen

​Given the recent U.S. political climate, the School of Social Work would like to share an Open Letter written by Dr. Vinh Nguyen and colleagues. This letter reflects the position of particular University of Waterloo members and the School of Social work itself. We encourage and support an inclusive environment, and are committed social equality, racial justice, and religious freedom. The School of Social Work condemns messages of hatred in any and all forms.

See the full Open Letter here: Open letter

Raising awareness of the importance of suicide prevention training for social workers

Three of our current students, Natasha Ekelman (MSW), Stephanie Meek (BSW), and Marielle Tye (BSW), lobbied the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) at their recent conference, requesting that suicide prevention training should be mandatory for social work students across Canada - and after much debate, the motion was passed! The Record has a report on their story here: The Record.  

Congratulations, Natasha, Stephanie and Marielle!

Renison MSW student shares her experience of presenting ASIST at CASWE 2016

Full time Renison Master of Social Work (MSW) student, Natasha Ekelman's presented her research project at the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) Conference in Calgary. Natasha focused on realizing the potential for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) students to use theory to inform practice and become change agents.  

Read the full report.

International Opportunities in Social Work: NGO Abroad

We've been informed of some exciting opportunities for social workers to volunteer abroad with NGOAbroad.  Find out more

MSW student writes memoir on living in a refugee camp

picture of the book 'Still With Us'Msenwa Oliver Mweneake, a Master of Social Work student at Renison, has completed a book, Still With Us: Msenwa's Untold Story of War, Resilience and Hope, which chronicles his personal experiences in a refugee camp during the war in DR Congo. The book summary is compelling: Still With Us is a heartbreaking and at-times horrific account of one boy's flight from terror during the 1996 war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Forced to become a father to his two younger siblings and mainstay for other lost children, Msenwa Oliver Mweneake gives his eyewitness account of the carnage of war, including indiscriminate mass murder and rape. He survived the dehumanizing effects of living with tens of thousands in UNHCR refugee camps, battled desperately against governmental and NGO bureaucracy and almost lost hope. Read more about his memoir or how to order a copy on our website.

Did You Know...?

Social Workers are described as 'Super Heros'!  

Watch this inspirational video 'Social Workers as Super-Heros', given by Anna Scheyett, Dean of the College of Social Work at USC.

Previous In the News - Did you know...?

Application Deadlines:

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) application deadline

Full-time program: 

Application process for entry in fall 2017 IS NOW closed. The BSW Placement Fair will take place on April 26, 2017. It is mandatory that all accepted applicants attend this event. Please watch for details.  

Part-time program: 

The application process for entry into Fall 2017 is now CLOSED. ALL supplemental information is due by April 18, 2017.

Master of Social Work (MSW) application deadline

The application process for full-time and part-time entry into the MSW program in Fall 2017 IS NOW CLOSED.  

Ontario Graduate Scholarships

Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration: Hilary M Weston Scholarship

Ontario Undergraduate Scholarships


In-person or phone counselling are available to students living or studying at Renison, including BSW and MSW students, through Tanya Young, the Student Services Social Worker. Students are welcome to self-refer by filling out appropriate sections of the Intake Referral form.

Online appointments with Tanya Young may be booked here.

link to Renison university college website