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School of Social Work Student Representatives

Thank you to our Student Representatives for the 2022-23 year. We appreciate your hard work and commitment!

Nominations begin in September for all programs. Program Secretaries will send out information within the first few weeks of classes. If you have any questions, please contact socwork@uwindsor.ca

What are student representatives?

Student representatives are elected by the student body each year in the fall semester.  The school sends a call to all students by email at the beginning of the semester. There is an election process, followed by voting and ultimately the student representatives are announced by the program secretaries via e-mail.

The student representatives represent their cohort in various school meetings. They are required to attend school council and other meetings as outlined in the various job descriptions. They bring forward student concerns and relay information back to students. They are a vital part of the school! We strongly encourage students to be a student representative. If you would like to contact your student rep, please contact socwork@uwindsor.ca and indicate your program and year of study. The school will forward your information to the appropriate student representative.

The following is a list Program Student Representatives:

This is a headshot of Zoe Dumouchelle

Hi, my name is Zoe Dumouchelle. I am a second-year Disability Studies and Social Work student. I am the Disability Studies and Social Work representative for the D.S.S.A. (Disability Studies Student Association) and the Disability Studies Student Representative for the Disability Studies program. I have also been appointed to sit on Faculty Coordinating Council (F.C.C.) as a student representative.  I will attend The School of Social Work’s School Council and Disability Studies committee meetings for the 2021-2022 academic year. I am honoured and grateful to have been given the opportunity to aid in making change on campus through using student voices! Although this school year is going to look different, together we will have a positive and successful year!

Hello everyone! My name is Megan Stoffyn, your new 2022-2023 MSW Student Representative. I am currently enrolled in my first year for the MSW (Master of Social Work) regular track program here at the University of Windsor. In 2021 I completed by undergraduate degree in a Bachelor of Applied Science for Child, Youth and Family with a minor in Psychology from the University of Guelph. More recently, I have graduated from the Child and Youth Worker program at St. Clair College in Chatham and am now currently working as a CYW at a group home for adolescent males in Chatham-Kent. I am a passionate, caring, open, justice and equity driven individual who hopes to advocate for my class regardless of how small or large of a task. I am deeply honoured to have been selected for this opportunity to advocate for and with the incredible students at the University of Windsor. Here’s to a great year and the great successes to come!

Rachel Jewell

My name is Rachel Jewell and I am the PhD Student Representative in the School of Social Work. The 2020-2021 academic year marks the second year that I have amplified the voices of my colleagues on the Social Work School Council and the PhD Committee, doing my best to ensure that their concerns are addressed and their achievements are celebrated. Once again, thank you to my colleagues for entrusting me with this respinsibility, and I look forward to continuing to represent you for the remainder of this academic year. #SocialWorkersRepresent

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. – Aesop

Hello everyone,

My name is Heidi Maltais.  I'm in the third year of the Bachelor of Social Work program.  I'm coming back to the academic life again after being in the 'working' world for the last 15 years.  I worked in the environmental field so I'm embarking on a new career journey.  I've always wanted to be in a caring/helping profession like social work so I'm working towards making that a reality.  I look forward to being in the role of Research Ethics Student Rep and hope to see you around on campus!  

 

The following is a list of our Committee representatives:
 

This is a headshot of Mavis Odei Boateng

Hello, thanks for checking my profile. I am currently a PhD candidate (ABD) at the School of Social Work. As a first-generation female immigrant to Canada and someone whose paradigm aligns with the social construction worldview, I am drawn to multiple ways of knowing. I bring these perspectives to my current role as the graduate student representative to the School of Social Work appointments committee for the 2021-2022 academic year. The appointments committee is responsible for reviewing applications for sessional instructors and hiring new tenure-track faculty to the School of Social Work. I am thrilled at the opportunity to learn about the processes and requirements for securing academic appointments, and to contribute meaningfully to such an important task through the lens of an ABD. Medaase (Meaning - thank you).

This is a headshot of Kelly McNaughtonHello social work peers!  After nearly 30 years in direct practice and management roles, my social work journey continues with the PhD program at Windsor.  I have devoted my career to trauma work and am currently a manager of the Peer Support and Trauma Response Program for staff at Toronto SickKids.  These experiences have played a critical role in my research interests in mental health and the work of first responders and frontline healthcare providers.  I completed my BA (psychology) at Laurier, my BSW at the University of British Columbia and my MSW at McGill.  Providing a voice to equity, diversity and inclusion is inherent to social work and foundational in a respectful and collaborative process of planning and decision-making. To this end, I’ve endeavoured as a student to contribute to school initiatives and committees where possible.  I was elected to the Board of Directors for the Laurier Alumni Association, and was student representative for the School of Social Work at UBC and later the graduate representative at McGill for the Admissions and Curriculum Committees.  It is a privilege to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to the School of Social Work at Windsor in my role as “Riham’s Understudy” for the Renewals, Tenure and Promotion Committee. This, too, is a part of my educational journey!

The following is a list of our Social Work Student Association (S.W.S.A.) Members:

Julia SpadaforeHi all! My name is Julia Spadafore (she/her), and I am one half of your co-presidents this year on SWSA! I joined SWSA last year as the third-year representative, and it was such an enjoyable experience. I can’t wait to support everyone even more this year and continue advocating for you all. As we shift to an in-person experience on campus, be assured that SWSA will be by your side through it all. My inbox, as well as SWSA's, is a safe space if you ever need any support!

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Julia Spadafore(she/her), 4th Year BSW Student

spada118@uwindsor.ca 

swsa@uwindsor.ca 

 

Saher Zaidi

Hello, everyone! My name is Saher Zaidi and my pronouns are she/her. I am a fourth-year Social Work student with a minor in Political Science, and I am very passionate about advocacy, social equality, Sexual Assault Prevention and Indigenous rights. With that said, I am your Co-President on the Social Work Student Association! I am so grateful that I was granted this opportunity, and I am honoured that I was given the ability to represent student voices and listen to their concerns. I will always strive to listen to student concerns in a non-judgemental way and will always do my best to come up with the best possible solutions for my fellow peers.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at zaidi11c@uwindsor.ca.   

Hi everyone, I'm Victoria and I'm your fourth year representative for SWSA this year! I love being involved in SWSA and am here for any questions or concerns that you may have about the Social Work program:)