Monday, February 1, 2021
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Lecture is one in a series of events offered each year by the School of Social Work. Dexter R. Voisin, PhD, dean of the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work and the Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work, delievered the keynote address. His remarks aligned with the school’s 2020–21 equity, justice, and inclusion theme of “Good Trouble: Disrupting White Supremacy in Social Work.”
Following his lecture, the school honored the recipients of the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which recognize BCSSW MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. This year's winners were Charlene Luma, BA ’03, MSW ’05, and Charu Stokes-Williams, PhD ’11.
Dexter R. Voisin, PhD, is the dean of the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work and the Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work. Prior to his appointment at U of T, he was Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago for two decades. During this time, he was a Faculty affiliate at both the Center for the Study of Race, Culture, and Politics and the Center for Health and the Social Sciences. He was also the Director of the STI/HIV Intervention Network and the Co-Director of the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination. Full biography »
Charlene Luma is a native a Boston with over 15 years’ experience as a clinical social worker working with high-risk individuals and families. Ms. Luma has committed her career to serving individuals impacted by trauma, violence, and the criminal justice system. She currently serves as the Chief of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. In her previous role, she launched and served as Director at the Boston Trauma Response Team, a program of the Justice Resource Institute, providing trauma response services to those impacted by homicides and violent crimes in Boston.
Ms. Luma has committed her career to serving individuals impacted by trauma, violence, and the criminal justice system. Her past experiences include managing a program that providing clinical services to court involved youth and adults, providing therapeutic services to victims of domestic violence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and working as a clinician alongside police officers to provide services to the most high-risk youth in the Boston community.