Dr. Delores V. Mullings


School of Social Work
St. John's College
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Email:  dmullings@mun.ca

Dr. Mullings is a Professor, former Interim Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and former Chair in Teaching and Learning at Memorial University, School of Social Work. Her scholarly interests fall under the umbrella of Anti-Black racism and Critical Race theory. Dr. Mullings' research informs her teaching and learning pedagogy as well as a strong history of community engaged scholarship including community collaboration, supporting students in community service-learning projects, and partnering with interdisciplinary scholars nationally and internationally. She has an innate love for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) which is exemplified in the decolonized learner-centred, community-engaged approach that she employs by integrating a variety of teaching pedagogy to challenge and engage learners in ways that respect their knowledge, life experiences, agency, and differing social locations.

Research Interests

  • Decolonizing post-secondary education
  • Mothering and parenting
  • Mental health and wellness in the Black church
  • Racialized LGBTQ+
  • Black and racialized elders
  • Settlement and integration in small urban centres, rural and remote areas
  • Employment discrimination
  • Human rights policy


Forthcoming book

Africentric Social Work (Eds.) Delores V. Mullings, Jennifer Clarke, Wanda Thomas Bernrad, Dave Este and Sulaimon Giwa. Fernwood Publishing.



  • Brooks De Gier. (March 2021). Confronting anti-Black racism. Connections. Nova Scotia College of Social Work
  • Edmonton Journal. (February 26, 2021). Opinion: Treat anti-Black racism as a public health emergency. 
  • Mullings, D. V., Gooden, A., Brown-Spencer, E. (Accepted). Catch me when I fall! The significance of Black sisterhood in the academy. Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry.
  • Mullings, D. V., Giwa, S., Karki, K. K., Gooden, A., Shaikh, S., Spencer, E. B., & Anderson, W. (Accepted). Getting connected: The experience of former and current temporary foreign workers in the service industry living in an isolated community in Newfoundland and Labrador. Journal of International Migration and Integration.
  • Giwa, S., Mullings, D. V., & Karki, K. K., (2020). Virtual social work care with older Black adults: A culturally relevant technology-based intervention to reduce social isolation and loneliness in a time of pandemic. DOI: 10.1080/016343722020.180885.
  • Giwa, S., Alessi, E. J., Mullings, D.V., & **Carlson-Strain, M. D. (2020). Are the needs of racialized LGBTQ newcomers in Newfoundland and Labrador being met? Preliminary findings from a focus group discussion with Canadian stakeholders. International Journal of Social Welfare. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ijsw.12451.
  • Giwa, S., Mullings, D.V., Adjei, P. B., & Karki, K. K. (2020). Racial erasure: The silence of Social work on police racial profiling in Canada. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41134-020-00136-y
  • Mullings, D. V. (2016). Caring for older Black LGBTQ people: A new challenge for the social work profession. In Susan Hillock and Nick Mulé (eds.), Queering social work education (pp. 205-226). Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.
  •  Mullings, D. V., Morgan, A & **Kere Quelleng, H. (2016). Canada the great white north where anti-black racism thrives: Kicking down the doors and exposing the realities. Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture, 53(1), 20-41.
  • Mullings, D.V. & Anderson, W.J. (2015). Vulnerable, but Resilient: Sharing the Stories of Newcomers in Labrador [video].
  • Mullings, D. V. (2015). Bridging the learning gap: Cross-cultural learning and teaching through distance. World Journal of Education, 5(2), 1-9.
  • Mullings, D. V. (2014). The racial institutionalization of whiteness in contemporary Canadian public policy. In Veronica Watson, Deirdre Howard-Wagner and Lisa Spanierman (eds.), Unveiling Whiteness in the 21st Century: Global Manifestations (115-140). New York, NY: Lexington Books. ISBN978-0739192962 (25 pages)
  • Mullings, D. V. (2013). Community service learning: A teaching tool to help students acknowledge their own racism. Race Equality and Teaching, 32(1), 15-21.
  • Mullings, D.V. & Gien, L. (2013). Culturally competent (appropriate) health and long-term care services for older immigrants in small urban center of Newfoundland. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention 2(9), 81-89.
  • Mullings, D. V. & Mullings-Lewis, R. (2013). How Black mothers “successfully” raise children in the “hostile” Canadian climate. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative 4(2), 105-119.
  • Matsuoka, A., Guruge, S., Koehn, s., Beaulieu, M., & Ploeg, J. with Lithwick, M., Manuel, L., Mullings, D., Roger, K., Spencer, C., tyyska, V., Walsh, C., & Gomes, F. (2013). Prevention of abuse of older women in the post-migration context in Canada. The Canadian Review of Social Policy.
  • Mullings, D. V. (2012). Racism in Canadian social policy. In Anne Westhues (ed.), Canadian Social Policy 5th (95-113). Kitchener: On. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. ISBN 978-155458-409-3 (18 pages).
  • Mullings, D. V. (May 2012). The racial institutionalization of whiteness in contemporary Canadian public policy. In Nicky Falkof & Oliver Cashman-Brown (eds.), Critical Issues /series 'Ethos' – On Whiteness, volume 190 (355-343). Oxford: UK, Inter-Disciplinary Press. ISBN 978-1-84888-105-1 (8 pages).
  • Mullings, D. V. (2011). Culturally competent long-term care services for immigrant seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador: What does the future hold and what is the vision for care? Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador with Seniors Bridging Cultures. St John’s: Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mullings, D.V. (2010). Temporary mothering: Grieving the loss of foster children when they leave. Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, 1(2), 165-176
  • Mullings, D. (2007). Mothering White children: An African Canadian woman’s experience. The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM). 9(7).
  • Mullings, D.V. (2006). Policy needs of older Caribbean Canadian women: A long term care discussion. Caribbean Journal of Social Work, 5, 143-158.
  • Mullings, D.V. (2004). Situating Older Caribbean Canadian Women in Feminist Research: A Reflection. Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme. 22 (2), 134-139.
  • Globerman, J., White, J., Mullings, D., & MacKenzie-Davies, J. (2004). Thriving in program management environments: The case of social work in hospitals. Social Work In Health Care, 38 (1), 1-18.

Funded Research

  • 2020 – 2025. Fostering collaboration of services for LGBTQ2S+ newcomers in Newfoundlandand and Labrador. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), $487,443.00. Co: Principal Investigator (with Wendolyn Schlamp YWCA of St. John’s and Dr. S. Giwa)
  • 2019 – 2020. Is mental health the Black church’s business? Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), $75,000. Co: Investigator (Dr. E. Brown Spencer/Kaleo Production)
  • 2019 – 2021. Challenges to newcomer settlement and integration in Atlantic Canada (SSHRC), $24,198. Principal Investigator
  • 2018 – 2020. Creating opportunities for dialogue among newcomer racialized women and community stakeholder to strategize about inclusive and welcoming workplaces. (Memorial University, Public Engagement Accelerator Fund), $10,000. Principal Investigator
  • 2018 – 2020. Exploring the success of community connectedness in integrating immigrants and refugees (newcomers) in both rural (Clarenville) and urban (St. John’s) communities within the province. (Memorial University, Public Engagement), $9,973. Principal Investigator
  • 2018 – 2019. African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) Canadian older adults living with or vulnerable to HIV in Canada (Memorial University), $4,500. Co-Project Partner (with Realize)
  • 2018 – 2019. Creating an inclusive and supportive work environment for newcomer racialized women in Newfoundland and Labrador: Facilitating dialogue among community members (Memorial University, Quick Start Fund), $1,000. Principal Investigator
  • 2018 – 2019. Settlement experiences of racialized lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) immigrants and refugees in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador: How Do Settlement Agencies Measure Up? (Memorial University, Public Engagement), $10,000. Co-Investigator (PI Dr. Sulaimon Giwa)
  • 2016 – 2018. Attraction and retention of professional workers in Labrador. Province of Newfoundland and Labrador (Harris Centre), $11,400. Principal Investigator


Selected Decolonizing Post-Secondary Education Content

Decolonizing post-secondary classrooms for rockstar learners 

Decolonization of the classroom  

Take action against anti-Black racism