Winter 2021

New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

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The College recently introduced new resources for social workers, social service workers, employers and other stakeholders that address issues related to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion. We invite members and employers to watch the following presentations from the College’s Educational Forums.

Beyond Positive Intentions: Providing Equitable Services to LGBTQ+ Newcomers
Khadijah Kanji, RSW and Serena Nudel, RSW share Access Alliance’s evidence-informed model of service delivery, and address the historical and legal context within which LGBTQ+ newcomers/refugees arrive to, and settle in, Canada.

Racism at the Frontlines
Dr. Keith Adamson, RSW discusses the impact of racism on people of colour and uses this presentation to implore social workers and social service workers to take steps towards starting to remedy and promote healing within their own practice and the communities and clients they serve.

Increasing diversity, equity and inclusion

As noted in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, College Council identified increasing diversity, equity and inclusion as a strategic priority of the College. The broad objectives within this overarching priority are intended to respond to the concerns of all equity-seeking groups, and to enhance equity and inclusion across organizational processes, resources and materials.

To achieve this strategic priority, the College will:

  • Provide more educational resources to support members in practising ethically and professionally, with a focus on considerations related to equity, diversity and inclusion, in the best interests of the individuals, families and communities to whom they provide care and services.
  • Review the Standards of Practice and revise as necessary.
  • Develop partnerships with Indigenous communities to begin to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s calls to action within the regulatory context.
  • And more.

More resources

In addition to the footage from the Educational Forums, we encourage College members and employers to access and/or revisit the following materials:

Practice Notes: Ethical and Competent Responses to Anti-Black Racism
By Christina Van Sickle, RSW and Dr. Keith Adamson, RSW

Reconciliation and Social Work and Social Service Work Practice
By Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos

Anti-Oppressive Practice as a Transformational Tool
By Donna Hinds, RSW

Practice Notes: Cultural Humility – A Commitment to Lifelong Learning
By Christina Van Sickle, RSW

Rethinking Social Justice: On the Path to Change
By Dr. Peter Menzies, RSW

For more information on how the College will increase diversity, equity and inclusion and its Strategic Plan, please contact communications@ocswssw.org. We also encourage members and employers to visit the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Indigenous sections on the College website for updates, resources and frequently asked questions.