Introducing June MacDonald-Jenkins as the new Senior Dean (FSCS) and Principal (Lakeshore Campus)
We are pleased to announce June MacDonald-Jenkins as the new Senior Dean of the Faculty of Social and Community Services and the Principal of the Lakeshore Campus.
Black Girls and Dolls Navigating Race, Class, and Gender in Toronto
Applied Research and Social Innovation
The article explores the racial and cultural meanings of dolls in young people’s everyday lives and how doll play is complicated by racist and classist representations of racial and gendered norms...
PSI Professor, Kerry Watkins, co-authors article on Pathways Forward in Suspect Interviews
Applied Research and Social Innovation
Kerry Watkins, Professor in the PSI Program at FSCS, co-authored an article in the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group Journal.
The Burnout Gamble and How to Combat it Using The D.R.A.G.O.N Method
The Principal’s Office in partnership with HROE hosted Hamza Khan, Multi-Award-Winning Marketer, Best Selling Author and Entrepreneur and Empowerment Expert for the Humber Wellness Talk.
Humber Indigenous Transmedia Fellowship Explores What it Means to be ‘Native Enough’
The Principal’s Office partnered with Humber Galleries and Humber Indigenous Education and Engagement to host "Identity and Advocacy – Exploring the 2020 Indigenous Transmedia Fellowship (ITF)".
New Scholarships Available to Support Police Foundations Program Students from Underrepresented Groups
Advancement and Alumni
We are thrilled to announce scholarships from the Motorola Solutions Foundation that will support future first responders from underrepresented groups.
Spotlight on FSCS COIL Projects
Global Learning & International Initiatives
The Faculty of Social and Community Services has continued to develop transformative global opportunities for students across a breadth of programming while deepening global academic partnerships.
Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching Diversity in Classrooms
Applied Research and Social Innovation
In September 2018, a group of Faculty of Social and Community Services (FSCS) faculty and senior leadership staff began a four-phased research project on pedagogy and practice within the FSCS.
CJS Virtual Mock Interviews
Work-Integrated Learning & Community Partners
The Community and Justice Services (CJS) program held their first CJS Virtual Mock Interviews. Partner agencies volunteered their time by conducting two group interviews with 4th-semester students.
Welcome to the WIL Centre
Work-Integrated Learning & Community Partners
As the Fall semester comes to an end, the activity in the Work- Integrated Learning (WIL) Centre is focused on finalizing WIL experiences for the Winter term.
Placements continue to be impacted by the pandemic, with many agencies not able to have students in the workplace. Similar to this past Summer and Fall semesters, students have the option to complete WIL courses through applied remote projects, in-person/remote experiences with an employer, or a combination of the two.
CE Alumni: Chris Taylor
Advancement and Alumni
Chris Taylor is a Humber Alumni of the Continuing Education Bylaw Enforcement course in Fall 2018. Since then, he has worked as a Provincial Offences Officer at the Ontario SPCA.
Recently, Chris has been hired as a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer in the Town of Orangeville and he credits the course material from his CE class, which he studied to prepare for his interview, with helping him to succeed and land the job! Wishing Chris, the very best of luck in his new career.
Spotlight on Global Engagement: UTECH and Saxion University
Global Learning & International Initiatives
Students and faculty in the Bachelor of Behavioural Science program had the opportunity to engage with peers and colleagues through a presentation hosted by global academic partner Saxion University.
Spotlight on the FSCS Student Support Advisors: Providing Compassion, Commitment, and Advocacy during Challenging Times
The FSCS Student Support Advisors (SSAs) are a group of ten dedicated individuals serving two campuses, Lakeshore and Orangeville.
University of Technology, Jamaica
Global Learning & International Initiatives
Developmental Services Worker (DSW) Program Coordinator Andrea Rutherford, and DSW instructor Loris Bennett, were invited to virtually present to students at The University of Technology, in Jamaica.
Student Voices: Student Voices: Hear from our Mentors and Mentees
Global Learning & International Initiatives
In September, the FSCS International Peer Mentorship Program was launched to support International Student Success while developing Leadership Skills and promoting Global Fluency.
FSCS CE, ESS Support Services and Community Living North York Recieve Funding Through the Allan Slaight Seniors Fund
The FSCS CE department, ESS Support Services, and Community Living Central York are pleased to announce that they are the successful recipients of funding through the Allen Slaight Seniors Fund.
FSCS-USIL COIL Project Featured in Community Colleges for International Development Magazine
Global Learning & International Initiatives
In February, Senior Dean Derek Stockley, Stephanie Byer and Rebecca Fitzgerald presented at the Community Colleges for International Development.
Protection, Security and Investigations Professor and Students Highlighted in Maclean’s Magazine
PSI Professor Francis Syms invited his students to join an international coalition of cybersecurity professionals in response to COVID-related issues.
Developmental Services Worker, Mitchell Gosse, Profiled in Humber Unlimited E-News
Advancement and Alumni
A recent graduate (DSW ’20) of the Developmental Services Program, Mitchell Gosse, shares his experience as a DSW student at Humber College.
In the article, published in Humber’s Unlimited E-News, Mitchell discusses the impact of receiving a Humber scholarship, family, future aspirations, and the ability to uplift others through his work. Click here to read the full article.
Police Foundations Program Graduate named new School, Community Engagement and Safety Police Officer in Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County
Advancement and Alumni
Police Foundations Graduate, Nicholas Wilson was recently welcomed to the Grey Bruce Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police
as the new School, Community Engagement, and Safety Police Officer in the Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County.
The announcement was recently featured in Collingwood Today. Click here to read to the full article.
For more information on FSCS Alumni and Advancement Initiatives, please contact Manager, International & Strategic Initiatives, Stephanie Byer.
*Provincial Constable Nicholas Wilson. Photo provided by the Ontario Provincial Police.
FSCS Selected as a Finalist for PIEoneer Award – Real Life Learning Category
Global Learning & International Initiatives
FSCS is honoured to be selected as a PIEoneer Award Finalist in the Real Life Learning category for its framework for Faculty-Led Programming.
FSCS Students Graduate from Toronto Police Service Auxiliary Program
Students Teaghan Mittal-Mercer and Rina Peshwa both successfully graduated as the newest members of the Toronto Police Auxiliary.
Forensic Identification Students Complete Crime Scene Assignment
Forensic Identification students completed their Fall 2019 semester with a crime scene assignment in Humber’s forensic simulation studio.
Forensic Identification Program Guest Speakers Discuss Bruce McArthur Investigation
The Forensic Identification program had the privilege of inviting guest speakers from the Toronto Police to discuss the Bruce McArthur investigation.
FSCS Launches Two Global Summer School Courses
As part of Humber College’s Global Summer School, the FSCS is excited to launch two courses for both Humber and non-Humber students.
Community Development Students Organize the BLAC Project
Community Development students took a lead in planning and implementing the BLAC Project, a Spoken Word Poetry Club offered out of the BASE.
ADMH Students Create Mental Health Wellness Initiative
ADMH students established the Addictions and Mental Health Student Wellness Initiative in order to promote well-being across the campus.
Year of the Gun Documentary and Panel Generate Important Discussions
In November, FSCS students and members of the public were invited to attend a film viewing of CBC's Year of the Gun (2019) documentary.
CYC Professor and Student Publish Article in Canadian Journal of Public Health
Professor Dr. Heather Ramey along with student Valerie Hazlett published a new journal article in the Canadian Journal of Public Health.
Community and Justice Services Professor Nominated for the League of Innovations Excellence Award
Congratulations to Community and Justice Services Professor Lynn Bachinski, who was recently nominated for the League of Innovations Excellence Award.
CYC Professor Nominated for Governor General’s Innovation Award
Congratulations to Child and Youth Care Professor, Dr. Jaspreet Bal, for her recent Governor General’s Innovation Award nomination.
PSI Professor Publishes Article in Blue Line Magazine
PSI Professor, Kerry Watkins, published an article in Blue Line Magazine on dealing effectively with suspect ultimatums during police questions.
CYC Faculty and Students Travel to South Africa
Professor, Dr. Bal, and students Zanubia and Sherene presented research at the National Association of Child Care Workers conference in South Africa.
Powerful Pedagogy in Practice
Faculty and staff gathered on October 22nd for a fall conference organized by the FSCS Teaching and Learning Work Group (TLWG).
ADMH Students Host Art Therapy Workshop
Students from the Addictions and Mental Health program participated in Mind Map, organized by the Canadian mental health charity Jack.Org.
The FSCS will be offering three faculty-led programs abroad in May 2020. Students can accrue placement hours through participation.
Students Organize Gallery Walk to Raise Awareness for Child Abuse
In honour of Child Abuse Awareness month this October, BCYC students alongside their professor, Joselin Zak, organized a Gallery Walk.
CYC Professor Launches Research Website
Dr. Sara Nickerson-White launched the Lived Experience Narrative (LEN) Program of Research website as a central point for web-based data collection.
FSCS Hosts Third Annual Alexandre Boucher Memorial Lecture
The Faculty of Social and Community Service hosted its third annual Alexandre Boucher Memorial Lecture as part of Mental Health Month.
Students Walk For Mental Health Awareness Month
On October 9th, the 4km Move for Mental Health Awareness Walk/Run was held at Lakeshore Campus.
Sim Lab Team Develops Tech to Support Experiential Learning
The Sim Lab team along with faculty member John Kosmopoulos developed interactive simulation videos to help prepare students for their placement work.
FSCS Welcomes Students and Faculty From the Nanjing Forest Police College
In September, the Faculty of Social and Community Services welcomed its third group of students from the Nanjing Forest Police College in China.
Criminal Justice Professor Gets Published in the Toronto Star
Criminal Justice Professor, Dr. Daniel Bear, has recently published an opinion editorial piece in the Toronto Star.
Daniel also recently presented his research at the Regulating Cannabis Edibles conference in Toronto. He is a drug policy expert, with more than 15 years of experience conducting research on a variety of policy issues.
Students Discuss Research at the Canadian Mental Health Association Conference
Addictions and Mental Health students presented their research at the Canadian Mental Health Association's National Conference.
Students Kendra Baker, Nicole Renwick, Laura Hamer, Nellie Klump and Halyna Vinnichenko displayed a poster of their research at the conference in Toronto on September 24th. Combining trauma-informed skills with capacity building techniques and knowledge exchange tools, they developed a mental health promotion model that addressed deteriorating working and living conditions in Ontario correctional facilities.
Behavioural Science Students Embark on a New Research Project
The Bachelor of Behavioural Science program and Community Living Central York began a new research project this summer.
Criminal Justice Professor Presents at the Neighbourhood Community Officer Media Launch
Dr. Doug Thomson presented an update on Humber’s continuing evaluation of the Enhanced Neighborhood Officer Policing Program.
FSCS Students and Faculty travel to Lima, Peru and Kingston, Jamaica
Combined, FSCS students accrued more than 7,000 hours of placement credit.
Under the leadership of Linda Hill and Philip Burge in collaboration with Cross-Cultural Solutions, 19 students from a variety of FSCS programs worked with young children at a primary school in a small community outside of Lima. Students spent their mornings facilitating educational lessons and activities with the children, and in the afternoons, took part in learning experiences that focused on Peruvian history and culture such as cooking lessons, art and calligraphy lessons, and visiting local sites and museums.
Later in the month, 16 FSCS students embarked to Kingston, Jamaica where they engaged in lectures, volunteer projects, and cultural learning experiences that focused on criminal justice and youth in Jamaica. This trip was developed under the leadership of Sheria Myrie, Lisa Cummings, and Coura Niang in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of West Indies – Mona. Highlights from the trip included visiting the Jamaica Defense Force Base, the Ministry of National Security, and volunteering at Annie Dawson’s Children Home, Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School, and with the We Transform project at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre.
22 Division Toronto Police Service Rover Crew Investiture
43 new members were invested into the 22 Division Toronto Police Service Rover Crew at a ceremony at the Toronto Police College.
Members are all Police Foundation students in Humber College’s Faculty of Social & Community Services. The 22nd Division Toronto Police Service Rover Crew is a Scouts Canada group consisting of students from Humber’s Faculty of Social & Community Services that volunteers with the Toronto Police Service. In addition to working alongside the TPS, the Rovers are active in the community, providing opportunities for leadership and volunteering. Some of the initiatives the group participates in include the 55 Division community barbecue, the Etobicoke Park Clean Up, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Red Ribbon campaign and the Humber RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) check. The investiture was featured as a Toronto Police Services news story in February. The full article can be found here.
TPS Neighbourhood Officer Evaluation
The Faculty of Social and Community Services is partnered with the Toronto Police Services to offer feedback and insights.
Focus groups were held in January 2019 to gather feedback from current Neighbourhood Officers as to what is working and what needs improvements within the Enhanced Model of the NOP (which was launched in Oct 2018). The Associate Dean, Dr. Joanna Amirault, faculty members Dr. Alyssa Ferns and Dr. Doug Thomson, and Program Coordinator – Forensic Identification, Michael Gamble, led focus groups with officers and presented their data collection plans to the divisions that are supported by the Community Partnership Engagement Unit. Currently, two Humber student Research Assistants, Trisha Harber and Dominika Kubica, are working with two Humber BSS Criminal Justice alumni, Jeremi Berg and Crystial Stone, and Research Coordinator, Tanvir Kaukab, to collect data in the enhanced model neighbourhoods – 11, 22, 41, 42. Data collection started in May 2019 and will continue into the Fall 2019 across these communities to ask questions about community knowledge of the NOP and trust in their neighbourhood officers at reducing crime, as well as the fear of crime in these micro-neighbourhoods.
FSCS Global Summer School
From July 5 to July 27, Humber College will hosted its first Global Summer School (GSS).
The GSS offers a unique opportunity for both Humber and non-Humber students to work together with peers from around the world to explore and discuss critical issues that require multidisciplinary solutions with global perspectives. The FSCS was thrilled to host two Global Summer School courses: Transformational Leadership & Advocacy and the Summer Police Program. Through the two courses, 28 Humber students and 21 non-Humber students from China, Indonesia and Jamaica completed the program for academic credit and experiential learning experience in a truly global and interdisciplinary environment.
Society of Police and Criminal Psychology Conference
FSCS Faculty for the Criminal Justice Degree Program, Dr. Alyssa Ferns, will present at the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology conference.
She will present on the Toronto Police Services Neighbourhood Officer initiatives to a multi-disciplinary group with the theme of “Working and Engaging in a Diverse World.” Building upon a program evaluation that was conducted on the Neighbourhood Officer Program by Humber ITAL from 2014 onwards, a specific exploration of the strengths and challenges within one micro-neighbourhood was explored. A total of 154 surveys were completed showing various strengths (i.e., public library access, friendly neighbours, and community centres for youth) and also some challenges (i.e., gun violence, unemployment and gang activity). The overall results showed that the community had a positive outlook on the Neighbourhood Policing Program. This will be presented to an audience of current law enforcement, applied researchers, policy makers, and academics.
FSCS Faculty Receive Teaching Innovation Fund Grant
Dr. Daniel Bear, Charlotte Serpa, and Julie Muravsky, are currently finishing up a research project supported by the Teaching Innovation Fund.
They are conducting a mixed methods research project examining how faculty engage with the topic of harm reduction across different programs at Humber. Their work is supported by a Research Assistant from the Criminal Justice degree program.
FSCS Faculty Co-Authors Book
Kerry Watkins co-authored the second edition of the book “Evidence and Investigation, From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom”.
The second edition, released in January 2019 is the latest guide for readers seeking the technical and practical knowledge needed to effectively manage evidence from the crime scene to the courtroom.
Students from the Community Development Degree program hosted a learning event in Humber's L-Space Gallery for Community Justice students.
Working closely with the gallery's curator, Danica Evering, and faculty members, Dr. Soheila Pashang and Linda Hill, CD students created interactive activities that supported CJ students in exploring issues of race, culture and migration. The partnership offered leadership and project management opportunities for CD students and experiential learning for CJ students through social justice art.
Faculty Conference Day
This year's Faculty Conference Day on May 29, hosted by the Teaching and Learning Work Group, included 'something for everyone'.
The event started with a keynote on "Cultural Humility", presented by Keynote Speaker, Rapinder Kaur. Rapinder Kaur is a sought-after speaker, Registered Psychotherapist, Art Therapist and educator. Her keynote explored how power and privilege in relationships and institutions hinder a learner-centered environment. Based on research, Rapinder discussed how the framework of cultural humility provides a compelling alternative to cultural competency and can support the work of educators, especially when working with students who come from underserved and marginalized groups of people. Following the keynote, a series of workshops were offered covering a range of topics from Blackboard, Learning Portal, International Students, and Accessible Documents to Arts-Based Learning. A lunchtime marketplace offered participants the opportunity to peruse research posters, faculty publications and new learning resources from three key publishers. Overall, it was a high-energy day of learning and connecting with colleagues.
FSCS Hosts Information Sessions
The Faculty of Social and Community Services held its annual Spring Information Sessions for prospective students.
At the event, guests learned more about the programs offered in the Criminal Justice and Human Services clusters. Representatives from each program along with student services representatives from across the College were available to discuss opportunities and resources available to Humber students, and to answer questions.
Annual Partnership Appreciation Event
The Faculty of Social and Community Services hosted the 2019 Annual Partnership Appreciation Event on June 12th.
This is a special annual event to celebrate and recognize the invaluable contributions of partnering agencies who help bring learning to life for our students in the field. A series of professional development sessions were offered as part of the event including sessions on Social Innovation in the Classroom, Collaborating with Humber on Projects and Applied Research, Grant Writing 101 and Managing Difficult Situations in the Field. To bring the event to a close, a cocktail happy hour with a performance by the Humber Jazz Band provided a perfect environment for attendees to share their impressions and ideas generated from the workshops and from their experiences with placement students.
BSS Criminal Justice Degree Instructor Presents at the Study of Drug Policy Conference in Paris
In May, BSS Criminal Justice Degree instructor, Daniel Bear, presented a paper based on his research.
Presenting at the 13th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drugs Policy, his paper examined young people’s decision-making about cannabis use. The conference was held at the Paris School of Economics. His research was aided by three Research Assistants, all from the Criminal Justice degree. The findings of this research will be used to support the development of drug education materials distributed at more than 20 colleges and universities across Canada.
Partnership Building in China
A Humber FSCS delegation visited China in March 2019 to strengthen relations with its partner institute, Nanjing Forest Police College.
As a key outcome of this visit, the FSCS developed a Summer Police Program specifically for NFPC which will host 18 students from Nanjing as part of Humber’s innovative Global Summer School program. The FSCS is also looking forward to welcoming the third cohort of students from Nanjing who will be studying at Humber College in the FSCS Forensic Identification Graduate Certificate Program in Fall 2019. Accompanying the newest cohort will be two visiting faculty members who will be working closely with FSCS faculty in the Criminal Justice cluster for the 2019-20 academic year.
Jaspreet Bal is a part of the DUVE project which connects colleges from Denmark, Uganda, Vietnam and Humber here in Canada.
The project aims to end violence in the respective countries and has set out to create an e-learning platform that serves this goal. After their kick-off seminar in December, the professors split into two teams according to their various subject matter expertise. One team, comprised of professors, nurses and midwives have taken on violence in health settings. The other team, comprised of educators, CYCs and ECEs, has taken on the task of addressing violence in institutional settings.
Students and professors have since visited each other across the globe! From midwifery students in Hoima, Uganda, to a conference on Kindergartens in Hanoi, Vietnam, colleagues have continued to connect and build content. The e-learning activities are being submitted. Stay tuned for the material that will be made available when the project closes in 2020.
Pumped for Post-Secondary
The Faculty of Social and Community Services hosted mentees in grade 10 and 11 from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto.
The mentees attended the Pumped for Post-Secondary program at our Lakeshore and North campuses. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the Developmental Service Worker programs and had a great time checking out the Crime Scene Lab. Mentees were also very engaged in the SIM lab demonstrations. At the North Campus, the participants had an amazing time learning about careers in the fire services, meeting student volunteers, and getting into the gear!
The experience of getting dressed up in fire gear, going out to the truck and competing in the relay was a lot of fun and an eye-opening experience for the mentees!
Community Development Degree Students Take the Plunge
On a cold, blustery day in February, Community Development Degree students jumped into Lake Ontario to raise funds for the Special Olympics.
Students helped to plan the Polar Plunge alongside Constable Ryan Park from the Toronto Police Services. This partnership enabled students to apply community engagement skills in building numbers and excitement around the event. Just over $33,000 was raised!
CYC Travels to South Africa
Child and Youth Care faculty member Dr. Jaspreet Bal and three students are headed to Durban, South Africa.
The purpose of their trip is to attend the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) and CYC-NET world conference.
Two of the CYC students will be presenting their 4th-year thesis research on relational gaps in Toronto Police Service youth programs. Jaspreet and her team of research assistants will be presenting on their research funded by a Cultivate grant, looking at calls to action for the profession from Indigenous, Black and other People of Color who are service users and providers.
FSCS Students Attend the Police Officer of the Year Event
On May 7, 2019 student research assistants had the opportunity to meet Chief Marc Saunders at the Police Officer of the Year Event.
These student research assistants - who are in the Community Development and Criminal Justice degree programs - have been working on the TPS Neighbourhood Officer Evaluation.
FSCS Faculty Travel to Peru for Collaborative Virtual Mobility Project
In collaboration with the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, FSCS was a recipient of the pilot 2018 Faculty Mobility Program Scholarship.
Receiving $7000.00 in funding from the Government of Canada, the joint-project proposal was one of 33 selected from a competition open to post-secondary institutes across Canada. For a three-week period in May and June, faculty member Dr. Christine McKenzie and Community Development Program Coordinator, Linda Hill traveled to Lima and Cusco, Peru to work on the project titled “Case-based Curriculum through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).” Together with two USIL faculty members, Julio Rivera Castillo and Luis Santillan, they designed and developed cases that focus on people coming together to identify and address local issues. During their first week in Lima, the faculty had the opportunity to pilot a lesson with USIL students at USIL’s Centre for Global Education. They also had the opportunity to learn more about USIL’s Sustainability Initiatives such as solar-powered cell charging stations around campus. Using Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) models, Humber and USIL plan to connect their classrooms and integrate the modules in Fall 2019 curriculum for an innovative virtual mobility experience between the two institutes.
Orangeville Students Get Involved!
Orangeville Social Service Worker students attended the opening ceremony of the Black History Month 2019 at the Humber College North campus.
This was an amazing opportunity for many local students who don’t often have opportunities to attend the North and Lakeshore Campuses and access different resources.
By the end of the day the students were buzzing with excitement from their newly learned information from the exhibits, speakers and the lunch and learn session.
Criminal Justice Thesis Poster Presentation Event
100 4th year students in the Bachelor of Social Science Criminal Justice program gathered in the G-Commons to present their thesis research projects.
BSS Criminal Justice Students Develop Non-Profit Agency
This past academic year, a group of Faculty of Social and Community Services students began to develop a potential non-profit agency.
The Cycle Ends Now was initiated as a school project by four students in the Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice program: Meshanda Phillips, Anna-Lori Stennett-Thomas, Nadel Dolcy and Tonya Lyttle. Cycle Ends Now, a soon to be registered non- profit organization has a vision to end intimate partner violence against all women and children of different cultural, and religious background by providing shelter, counseling and life-skills based programs. In May 2019, the first C.E.N give back event was initiated. Cycle Ends Now partnered with Anduhyaun Women Shelter, by donating various grocery items. The founder of C.E.N also made grocery and two gift card donations to a client of The Gatehouse. Additionally, C.E.N began its first annual Christmas Toy Drive in December 2018. All toys received were donated to the Toronto Community Housing.
FSCS Faculty Featured on University of Toronto Podcast
Dr. Doug Thomson and part-time instructor Joe Couto were featured on a University of Toronto podcast run by a former student.
Entitled: Beyond the Headlines' Gun Violence show with Joe and Doug. The episode discusses the policy responses to address the increase in gun-related violence. The episode also discussed how, as strategies to combat gun violence have been a focal point within all levels of government, various stakeholders have proposed solutions that target the policing and sociological issues that contribute to gun crime.
School of Social and Community Services Receives Funding from Global Affairs Canada
In collaboration with the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, the FFCS was a successful recipient of the 2018 Faculty Mobility Program Scholarship.
Receiving $7,000.00 in funding from the Government of Canada, the joint-project proposal was one of 33 selected from a competition open to post-secondary institutes across Canada. Overall, 33 projects from 22 institutes across seven provinces were selected. The Faculty Mobility Program provides full-time faculty at Canadian post-secondary institutes with short-term opportunities to teach or conduct research in Latin Americas and the Caribbean, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels. In collaboration with USIL, the SSCS submitted a project proposal titled “Case-based Curriculum through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).” In May 2019, Community Development faculty from USIL and Humber College will create case-based learning (CBL) modules that focus on people coming together to identify and address local issues. Each case will include detailed background information on socio-cultural, political and economic realities that impact decision making and outcomes related to community work in each country. The cases will support students in examining root causes of community problems and resources/solutions available to address issues through different cultural lenses. Using Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) models, faculty from Canada and Peru will connect their classrooms via webinars to work through cases and learn from one another.
For more information on the Faculty Mobility Program, please click here.
Experiential Learning for Traffic Management Students
One of the most effective ways of learning is engaging in a real life experience.
As part of Sgt. West's, Traffic Management Course, students were thrilled to participate in the operation of a radar gun (provided and facilitated by PC Tony Foster, Toronto Police) which allowed them the opportunity to witness first-hand the workings of the hand held unit while increasing their knowledge and understanding of the 'facts-in-issue' required by police in obtaining a conviction.
Humber College Traffic students were also educated on the first ever Draeger 5000 Drug Tester in determining if a driver has marijuana or Cocaine in their system.
The Draeger Drug Tester is the first and only piece of equipment authorized by the Attorney General in allowing Police to demand a saliva sample from a driver in determining if they have a drug in their system, including a sufficient amount to cause impairment acceptable to the courts.
Students were very excited to be involved in this process.
CYC Student Presents at the Annual Children’s Mental Health Ontario Conference
Valerie Hazlett presented research on youth engagement in health and the health care system at the annual Children's Mental Health Ontario Conference.
The study was conducted in partnership with the Sandbox Project's Young Canadian Roundtable on Health and the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement at the Students Commission.
Valerie said that she was "grateful to have had the opportunity to have been around so many dedicated mental health professionals, to see the research being done and to hear the inspirational words of all the speakers." She strives to "continue to push the boundaries of what CYC undergrads are capable of."
Successful Completion of Accreditation for CYC Programs
Effective August 2, 2018, three programs are now accredited programs with Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada (CYCEAB).
The programs are Advanced Diploma, Accelerated Diploma and Honours Degree in Child and Youth Care.
The Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada has set standards and reviews programs for compliance to ensure professionals educated in the field of Child and Youth Care are trained to a specific standard of Child and Youth Care competence. The objective of accreditation is to ensure accredited programs in Child and Youth Care support students to meet or exceed established competencies of Child and Youth Care practice, and outcome measures are used to continuously improve programs. Humber is one of three programs in the province and one of four in the country!
Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in the successful completion of the accreditation process!
SSCS is Awarded Wofford Scholarship
The SSCS was successful in its third consecutive application for funding from the Wofford Fellowship.
This funding will go directly to supporting students embarking on a faculty-led trip to Lima, Peru in May, 2019. This funding covers 50% of the program cost. This is an excellent opportunity for students who may not consider this experience because of financial barriers to participate.
The trip will provide students with service learning opportunities in Villa El Salvador; an area that is organizing and building community capacity many years after the Shining Path movement. Students will learn about leadership development within the community, how people are engaged locally and how local services and resources have been accessed and developed after a forced-migration period. Students will develop their cultural competence and gain an appreciation for 'personal resiliency' and 'post-traumatic growth' in relation to people's ability to 'start over' and care for their community and one another. In keeping with our school commitment to recognizing study abroad opportunities as field experience, the trip will be recognized as a field and seminar course for some programs of study within the School. Faculty are encouraged to promote the trip to their students.
Rai Reece Receives the Research Excellence Award
Congratulations to Dr. Rai Reece on receiving the Research Excellence Award.
SSCS Staff Celebrate Ten Year Career Milestone at Humber
Congratulations to three outstanding faculty members on their ten-year anniversary at Humber College.
Sana Mahmood, SSCS Operations Manager, Michael Gamble, Program Coordinator CSI, and Greg McElligott, Faculty – Community and Justice Services, celebrated this milestone at the Career Milestone Awards Reception on November 15, 2018. We would like to thank them all for their ongoing contributions to the SSCS and to Humber College at large.
Child and Youth Care Professor Participates in DUVE Project
Dr. Jaspreet Bal, a professor in the Child and Youth Care program, recently returned from an incredible week at the University College Absalon.
The purpose of her visit to Denmark was to participate in the DUVE project. Project members all had the chance to teach about the state of violence against children in their respective countries including Denmark, Uganda, Vietnam, and Canada. The interdisciplinary group including a physiotherapist, a nurse, a midwife, a teacher, an Early Childhood Educator and of course, a Child and Youth Care worker!
There were also many people working on different prevention strategies including a national helpline, health researchers and even a preschool that works with children rejected from other schools. The next steps in the project are to build an online platform with all four countries including e-learning modules for students and different tools for the prevention of violence against children in varied cultural settings.
Jaspreet will continue this important work as part of a team that will meet monthly to help create this module. Also, as a part of the Erasmus funding, the project team will be disseminating information about the work they are doing.
Doug Thomson Receives the John and Suanne Roueche Award
Congratulations to Doug Thomson as the recipient of the 2018 John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award.
The honour is given to teachers who show exceptional teaching, learning and demonstrated leadership. Each year, Humber celebrates the outstanding contributions of its faculty by honouring one faculty member who has demonstrated an enthusiasm for teaching, has enabled student success through an ongoing commitment to inclusion, has demonstrated leadership amongst one’s peers and who has worked to build capacity in his/her department.
Doug takes an ‘out-of-the-box’’ approach to teaching, learning and student support, creatively collaborating across schools. He challenges his students to push their scholarly potential to the limit, spending time outside of class helping students prepare for significant learning experiences, and has developed applied projects that incorporate inter-disciplinary subject matter experts. As a researcher, Doug is involved in both the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Applied Research, with a TIF-funded project examining student connectedness using a cultural cookbook assignment, and an SSHRC-funded project on Neighbourhood Policing Evaluation. As the winner of the 2018 award, Doug will be celebrated at the 2019 League for Innovations Conference in New York, February 2019 where he will receive a medal and plaque.
Crime Scene Investigation Photo Contest
Photography is a feature of crime scene investigation, but with the advent of smartphones, most of our students haven’t held a traditional camera.
Inbound Exchange Students
The SSCS is pleased was thrilled to welcome two inbound exchange students to the BSS – Criminal Justice degree program from UMEA University (Sweden).
Three inbound students from University College Lillebaelt (Denmark) also arrived in late November to take part in a unique opportunity to complete a six month placement facilitated through the Child and Youth Care programs. Tom, Line and Jacob are Social Work students and will working with SSCS partner organizations with children in youth.
The SSCS is also excited to be hosting the second group of students from the Nanjing Forest Police College, China. Taking courses in Crime Scene Investigation, Police Foundations, and English Language studies this group of 24 students have the unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of basic crime scene investigation skills and techniques and are exposed to the Canadian justice and college system. A celebration for this group was held on December 20th where the students received a Certificate of Participation.
CYC Alumni Establish Diversely Creative
Diversely Creative is an educational resource for children and youth, encouraging learning through fun and interactive games.
Diversely Creative was started by two Humber College Child and Youth Care Alumni’s who have a passion for life-skill program development. Their goal is to empower each child to reach their full potential by providing alternative ways of learning and communicating. Diversely Creative is passionate about supporting children's diverse ways of learning, and believe that by giving them the right tools, they will have the ability to succeed. Most recently, Diversely Creative launched a self-regulation board game, Game of Emotions, for children to learn positive ways of expressing their emotions and promote the development of self-awareness and communication skills.
Humber College teamed up with Toronto Police Services to host the Toronto Youth Amazing Race event at our beautiful Lakeshore campus.
Child and Youth Care Program Updates
The first Class Representative Council meeting for students across all three Child and Youth Care programs took place this September.
Students came to provide feedback and take information back to their peers within their cohorts. We have planned out our semester and upcoming class rep projects. Stay tuned!
The HBCYC faculty held a grad school info session for our students thinking of furthering their education after completing their HBCYC degrees and diplomas. Students came out to receive information on how to find a program that suits them and the steps in the application process.
Humber was also well represented at this year’s Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care’s Annual General Meeting. Student Amplifiers are hard at work making classroom visits and promoting the importance of OACYC membership and engagement.
Crime Scene Investigation Students Get Their Hands Dirty
Crime Scene Investigation students got their hands dirty with the forensic exhumation of two (imitation) human skeletons buried on Lakeshore campus.
The project replicated the process of planning, excavating and documenting the recovery of the bodies and other evidence related to a homicide investigation. The weather was quite warm leaving our students taking frequent water and rest breaks in a physically demanding and detail-oriented task that left everyone hot, sweaty, dirty, exhausted and smiling. This will be in sharp contrast to night photography in the snow and frigid temperatures they will experience later in the term.
If you are looking for a little adventure, this program will offer a Forensic Identification graduate certificate credential in the fall of 2019 with any diploma or degree qualifying for admission.
Research Release: Look at my Life: ‘Sparks’ for Firearm Possession among Young People in Toronto
Humber College, in partnership with The City of Toronto’s Youth Equity Strategy, Amadeusz, and The Laidlaw Foundation, launched a research project.
The project is titled: Look at my Life: Youth Identified ‘Sparks’ for Firearm Possession Among Young People in Toronto.
Tina-Nadia Gopal Chambers, a faculty member of the Child and Youth Care program, was the Principal Researcher on the project. The research findings were released in July, 2018 which identified the following influences that contribute to young people becoming involved in crime:
A copy of the report is available at: http://www.amadeusz.ca/research-2/.
Visiting Scholar from China
For the 2017/2018 academic year, the SSCS hosted two visiting scholars, Henry Ke and Iris Zhou, from the Nanjing Forest Police College.
Currently, the SSCS is hosting a third visiting scholar, Lisa Zhang, until July 2019. Lisa will be conducting joint applied research with a focus on the differences between China and Canadian policing and postsecondary education. The SSCS and Nanjing Forest Police College are exploring further opportunities for collaborative research and knowledge exchange with faculty from both partner institutes.
Mindfulness Practice in CYC
First and third semester Child and Youth Care Practitioner diploma students have been embarking on a weekly mindfulness practice.
By embodying the practice themselves, they are gaining a stronger sense of mind/body connection and the impact it can have on one’s emotions, feelings and thoughts. Insight and exposure to a variety of meditations and mindfulness activities are supporting not only personal growth and self-care but an awareness of alternative ways to support children and youth with their emotional regulation and wellbeing. A significant portion of the students embark on this ‘optional’ practice for the first 10-15 minutes of one of their classes each week. What an incredible demonstration of personal and professional commitment by these students.
The Forensic Dual Diagnostic Specialty Service Conference
On September 19th and 20th, the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health held its inaugural Forensic Dual Diagnostic Specialty Service Conference.
The Conference was entitled Exploring Risk and Recovery in Dual Diagnosis. The School of Social and Community Services, represented by the Bachelor of Behavioural Science, was a Conference co-sponsor. Over 250 participants were in attendance.
Jo Anne Nugent, Coordinator of the Bachelor of Behavioural Science, and John Kosmopoulos, Coordinator of the Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate, were in attendance. Both programs had a table at the Conference, which was an excellent opportunity to highlight our two programs.
Presenters included the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, and experts in the field of forensic services to a wide range of service recipient groups. Sessions focused on service delivery and research.
Thanks to Louis Busch, a member of the BBS Program Advisory Committee, a key player in Humber’s participation in the FDDSS Conference. We look forward to participating in the 2nd annual conference next year!
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