Doing Dignity in Experiential Engagement

Andrea Donovan & Sarah Oulton

The Dalhousie School of Social Work Community Clinic is an anti-oppressive and social justice-based experiential education framework. This presentation highlights the impact of doing dignity by foregrounding client and student responses.

Andrea and Sarah will describe the ways in which the Clinic utilizes a case management platform to accompany marginalized community members while simultaneously acting as a community development hub and a student skill-building site. Clinic Coordinators mentor social work students in anti-oppressive service approaches that address service provision gaps while supporting the integration of theory/practice. The only engaged learning site of its kind in Canada, the Community Clinic provides a model for other sites of higher education.