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Women’s Caucus

The CASWE-ACFTS Women’s Caucus acts as an advisory body to the CASWE-ACFTS Executive and general membership by providing an inclusive space for social work educators and students to discuss and respond to gendered social justice issues within and beyond the academy.  The Caucus was founded in 1977, during the wider societal Women’s Movement, in response to the Task Force Report on the Status of Women in Social Work Education (Walker, cited in Clarke et al.) that outlined gender inequality and discrimination in the academy.  Founding members also recognized the absence of women’s voices in social work curriculum, and a desire for female faculty to forge connections with each other for emotional support (Clarke, Howland & Wallace, 2006). The co-chairs of the Women’s Caucus are The co-chairs of the Women’s Caucus are Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, Kathryn Adams-Sloan, and Lisa Lorenzetti.

Clarke, S., Howland, L. & Wallace, R. (2006). Forging connections: Exploring oral herstories of the founding and participating members of the Women’s Caucus. Ottawa: Carleton University Research Report.

2015-2016 Annual Report
2014-2015 Annual Report
Annual Report

News Release on Violence against Women and Girls (December 4, 2014)

Conference 2016

Tuesday May 31, 2016
University of Calgary, Professional Faculties- 3160

  • 12 PM- 1 PM Lunch & Women’s Caucus Annual Meeting
  • 1 PM – 2 PM Feminist Activism and Social Justice Panel


Christine Walsh is a professor and Associate Dean (Research & Partnerships) in the Faculty of Social Work. Her research and activism has contributed to the understanding of violence across the lifespan, and populations affected by social exclusion, poverty and homelessness.

Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes is a member of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Treaty 6, Saskatchewan. She has worked with CBC English Radio and Television, National Film Board of Canada, National Aboriginal Health Organization, Awo Taan Native Women’s Shelter, and the City of Calgary. Cheryle has been the Administrative Coordinator at the University of Calgary Native Centre since 2005.

Liza Lorenzetti was born in Québec and is from Italian heritage. She is a social worker and faculty member at the University of Calgary. Her teaching, research, activism and community practice centers on anti-oppression,    peace building and social justice.

  • 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM    Joint Interdisciplinary gathering on Intersectiona
    PF 3160 Interdisciplinary Feminist Research with/about communities
  • 6:00PM- 8:00 PM    Gender and Economics in Alberta, Presented by Dr. Kathleen Lahey
    Location: Calgary Women’s Centre, 39 – 4th St NE, Calgary

Please join us at the Women’s Centre of Calgary for a meet and greet, talk and questions with Dr. Lahey. This is a free event co-sponsored by the University of Calgary Faculty of Arts, the Parkland Institute and CASWE. Refreshments provided and carpooling available. Sign-up for carpooling at CASWE registration. Please RSVP to attend at 403-264-1155 or http://www.womenscentrecalgary.org/events/kathleen-lahey-gender-economics/