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Nicole Penak

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School of Social Work

Assistant Professor

Office: S872 Ross Building
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77297
Email: penak@yorku.ca

Accepting New Graduate Students

Degrees

PhD, Adult Education and Community Development, OISE/ U of T
MSW , York University
BA, Political Studies & International Development Studies, Trent University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Aboriginal Advisory Committee, School of Social Work
Indigenous Caucus Rep, YUFA
Indigenous Council, York University
Thunderbird Circle, ISWEN, CASWE

Community Contributions

*Community Organizing (Walking With Our Sisters, Annual February 14th Strawberry Ceremony, Abolition Convergence)
*Psychotherapist
*Aboriginal Legal Services (Community Council diversion/ restorative justice program, Community Council Advisory, Dreams From Growing Children Program facilitator)
*Toronto Birth Centre (Community Council, Indigenous birthing reclamation, and community programing)

Research Interests

Mental Health , Social Work, Community Organizing , Settler Colonialism , Storywork / Indigenous Research Methodologies

Approach to Teaching


I would describe my teaching approach as critical circle work, informed by both land-based and storywork pedagogies. Classes uphold the rigor of critical thought from an Indigenist perspective, as we work to uncover and disrupt systems of oppression.

My teaching interests include Anti-Colonial Thought, Indigenous futurity, and the intersection of Indigenous self-determination and the profession of social work. I pull from over a decade in clinical practice, while contrasting this work with efforts in community organizing and social movements.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 GS/SOWK5550 3.0 A Indigenous Worldviews and Implications SEMR
Fall 2020 AP/SOWK4270 3.0 A Indigenous Peoples & Social Welfare SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/SOWK2070 3.0 N Indigenous Understandings in SW LECT
Winter 2021 GS/SOWK5550 3.0 N Indigenous Worldviews and Implications SEMR

Degrees

PhD, Adult Education and Community Development, OISE/ U of T
MSW , York University
BA, Political Studies & International Development Studies, Trent University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Aboriginal Advisory Committee, School of Social Work
Indigenous Caucus Rep, YUFA
Indigenous Council, York University
Thunderbird Circle, ISWEN, CASWE

Community Contributions

*Community Organizing (Walking With Our Sisters, Annual February 14th Strawberry Ceremony, Abolition Convergence)
*Psychotherapist
*Aboriginal Legal Services (Community Council diversion/ restorative justice program, Community Council Advisory, Dreams From Growing Children Program facilitator)
*Toronto Birth Centre (Community Council, Indigenous birthing reclamation, and community programing)

Research Interests

Mental Health , Social Work, Community Organizing , Settler Colonialism , Storywork / Indigenous Research Methodologies

Approach to Teaching


I would describe my teaching approach as critical circle work, informed by both land-based and storywork pedagogies. Classes uphold the rigor of critical thought from an Indigenist perspective, as we work to uncover and disrupt systems of oppression.

My teaching interests include Anti-Colonial Thought, Indigenous futurity, and the intersection of Indigenous self-determination and the profession of social work. I pull from over a decade in clinical practice, while contrasting this work with efforts in community organizing and social movements.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 GS/SOWK5550 3.0 A Indigenous Worldviews and Implications SEMR
Fall 2020 AP/SOWK4270 3.0 A Indigenous Peoples & Social Welfare SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/SOWK2070 3.0 N Indigenous Understandings in SW LECT
Winter 2021 GS/SOWK5550 3.0 N Indigenous Worldviews and Implications SEMR