School of Social Work
St. John's College
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Dr. Sulaimon Giwa is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Critical Thinking and Reflection and Social Justice and Social Work Practice.
His doctoral researchexplored the experiences of, and resilience (including coping strategies) of gay men of colour, to racism. It received the runner-up distinction for the Barbara Godard Prize for the best York University dissertation in Canadian Studies.
Dr. Giwa holds a Diploma in Law and Security Administration from Fleming College, with a specialization in Police Education; a Bachelor of High Honours in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Carleton University, with a concentration in Law and minor in Women’s Studies; a Master’s of Social Work from Carleton University, with a substantive focus on Social Policy and Administration; and a PhD in Social Work from York University, in the specialty areas of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture.
Dr. Giwa’s professional experience includes direct practice; research and policy work at the community and federal level, primarily in youth health promotions, community and organizational practice in diverse communities, corrections (including as a Community Parole Officer and Case Manager for Time for Change, a Crime Prevention Ottawa funded gang exit program), and policing.
His applied research program and professional activities centralize critical race transformative pedagogies and theories as frameworks and analytic tools for social justice and equity. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of race and sexuality; critical social work pedagogy; antiracism/oppression; and the criminal justice system. He has taught in the social work programs at Ryerson University and York University, and in the Police Foundations program at Sheridan College.
Further information about Dr. Giwa’s academic and professional work can be found here.