Social work is considered to be an academic discipline and practice-based profession that aims to promote social change, personal autonomy, enhance over-all wellbeing, and create a sense of social cohesion. While the profession of social work often plays a significant role in supporting communities, it has historically shown a lack of understanding of the issues faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities. In particular, we have seen that social work as a profession has often failed to respond appropriately to issues of racism, anti-Black racism, systemic inequities and colonialism. One significant barrier to addressing the profession’s limitations is that there is an underrepresentation of BIPOC social workers.
The aim of this scholarship is to provide some financial relief to BIPOC social work students and increase access to social work education for members of BIPOC communities who have been systemically oppressed. This scholarship was developed by an alumnus of the Carleton University School of Social Work to celebrate and empower BIPOC social work students in attaining their social work degrees so that they can then bring their unique experiences and valuable perspectives to their work with BIPOC (and other) communities.
This award will be available annually to a first-year undergraduate student who identifies as being Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (BIPOC) in the Bachelor of Social Work program. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and a dedication to promoting social justice and social change within BIPOC communities.