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Wilfrid Laurier University Development
February 12, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Faculty of Social Work


Since its inception in 1966, Laurierís Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) has developed an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and practicum instruction and is known as one of Canada's best graduate social work programs. We offer social work programs at the Master's and Doctoral levels. The MSW program has three fields of study: Individuals, Families, and Groups; Community, Policy, Planning, and Organizations; and Aboriginal Studies. The PhD program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth in two fields of study: Studies in Social Work Practice, and Critical Social Policy and Organizational Studies.†

The Faculty of Social Work recognizes the generosity of community, alumni and corporate contributions that helped establish our Kitchener campus and continue to support the development of our work.


Student Support - Financial assistance for students through scholarships, bursaries or awards is instrumental in helping them focus on their program and maximize their educational experience and success. Options are available to donate to existing financial aid opportunities or establish new ones, perhaps in honour of someone who has contributed significantly to the field of social work.

Aboriginal Field of Study - The first such Master of Social Work program in Canada, the AFS is rooted in a wholistic Indigenous world view and contemporary social practice. It aims to develop social work practitioners who demonstrate an understanding of, and respect for the history, traditions and culture of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Current funding priorities in AFS include support for culture camps and Aboriginal student support.

Program Support - FSW Faculty and students engage in a wide variety of programs, outreach and research that build on strong connections to the community and develop innovative opportunities for collaboration. Program support facilitates the development of these opportunities and provides unique learning and engagement opportunities for our students.

Experiential Learning - Following are two programs providing students with social work practice beyond the classroom.

Walls to Bridges - Courses taught at Kitchenerís Grand Valley Institution for Women engage regular students and prisoners as peers in the classroom, discussing issues of social justice and collaborating on class projects.

International Opportunities - Enable students to experience a variety of cultures, societies and approaches to social work practice.

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