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Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Strategic Initiatives Support Fund projects generate momentum for UM’s strategic mission

July 11, 2024 — 
The Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is pleased to announce 35 projects awarded funding, totaling over $2.2 million, through the Strategic Initiatives Support Fund (SISF). As the newly funded projects get underway, many projects from last year’s SISF fund have been completed. Read about three examples of impact from the SISF 2023-2024.

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Faculty of Law

Dr. Mary Shariff named Director of Master of Human Rights program

June 28, 2024 — 
The Office of the Dean of Law, University of Manitoba has announced the appointment of Dr. Mary J. Shariff as the Director of the Master of Human Rights (MHR) program effective July 1, 2024, for a five-year term.

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Dr. Peter Donahue

Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

UM welcomes Peter Donahue as new Dean of Social Work

June 6, 2024 — 
The University of Manitoba is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Donahue has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, effective August 1, 2024.

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Group photo of faculty at the 2024 Faculty Recognition Reception

Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Recognizing faculty excellence

June 6, 2024 — 
On May 21, over 30 faculty were recognized for exceptional teaching, research and service at a reception held at Marshall McLuhan in UMSU University Centre.

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Dr. Rusty Souleymanov holding an Outstanding University of Manitoba Teacher Award

Faculty of Social Work

Dr. Rusty Souleymanov Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

May 28, 2024 — 
The Faculty of Social Work is proud to announce that Dr. Rusty Souleymanov, associate dean of Undergraduate Programs and associate professor, has been honoured with the prestigious Outstanding University of Manitoba Teacher award by The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. This accolade recognizes Dr. Souleymanov’s exceptional commitment to excellence in education, notably his dedication to fostering inclusive and transformative learning environments.


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Faculty of Social Work

Registration Now Open: Prairie Child Welfare Consortium Conference 2024 – Pathways to Parity 

May 23, 2024 — 
The 12th biennial Prairie Child Welfare Consortium (PCWC) Conference is set to convene in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from June 12th to 14th, 2024. With the theme "Pathways to Parity: Transformative Strategies in Child Welfare," the conference underscores the commitment to advancing equity, progress, and collaboration in the field of child welfare. 


The Conversation: New commission sheds light on how diaspora communities are impacted by foreign interference

May 15, 2024 — 
The federal government established the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions, led by Justice Marie-Josée Hogue, in September 2023.

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Dr. Christine Mayor

Faculty of Social Work

Innovative Healing Approaches: Dr. Christine Mayor is Named a Global Leader in Drama Therapy Research 

May 14, 2024 — 
Dr. Christine Mayor, Assistant Professor in the Inner City Social Work Program, has been recognized as a top global leader in drama therapy research. Her work delves into the transformative power of drama therapy, an action-based holistic approach to psychotherapy that utilizes embodiment, storytelling, metaphor, play, role-play, and theater to foster individual and collective healing. 


Dr. Kendra Nixon

Faculty of Social Work

Winnipeg Free Press: Hurtful home truths often overlooked

May 6, 2024 — 
Manitoba’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee was established by the province in 2010 and is made up of officials from the justice system, the medical examiner’s office and researchers, among others, and was tasked to identify trends, risk factors and systemic concerns in certain domestic killings and to recommend changes. The committee, however, has sat idle for half a decade; its last annual report issued for the 2018-19 fiscal year.  The death review committee’s inaction doesn’t sit well with Prof. Kendra Nixon, who has been studying gender-based violence for over 25 years. “I don’t know if there isn’t the political will, or there isn’t the interest, or there’s been a shuffling of people and it just got dropped — I don’t know,” she said. To read the full article, please visit the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Faculty of Social Work

Amplifying Children’s Voices: MSW Graduand Kristen Letkeman’s Dedication to Policy Research and Advocacy

April 29, 2024 — 
Kristen Letkeman, a Master of Social Work student graduating at Spring Convocation on June 4, has been awarded the 2023-24 Francine Lansdown and Gerison Lansdown Graduate Student Essay Award by The Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights at Carleton University. This award, emphasizing critical thinking and exploration of children's rights issues, recognizes Letkeman's essay on the intersection of climate change, neoliberalism, and social work in safeguarding child rights. Her research sheds light on pressing issues facing today's children, offering valuable insights for policymakers and practitioners.

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