2017 TASA Postgraduate Conference Scholarship

Kate Vincent, University of Tasmania:

My name is Kate Vincent and I am a Euro-Australian PhD candidate within the Social Work discipline at the University of Tasmania. At the TASA conference I presented the paper ‘Adopting a decolonising lens: Towards as epistemological transformation of social work’. I’m in the second year of my candidature and my PhD project explores how Whiteness is manifested and operationalised in White social workers’ practice and how White social workers interpret Whiteness in the context of their practice, focusing specifically on social work practice with people seeking asylum and people of refugee background. I am deeply interested in Critical Whiteness Theory, the critiques of how Northern framings of knowledge are privileged, and I am adopting a decolonising lens in relation to practice, research and education. I am also interested in exploring strategies to build social cohesion and enhancing leadership skill development within refugee arrived communities. Formally concluding in 2017, I was involved with YoungMILE – a unique leadership and mentorship program funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund for emerging leaders from refugee arrived communities in Tasmania. I am currently involved in an interdisciplinary project piloting a creative strengths-based mentoring approach, aimed at improving the experiences and retention rates of graduate teachers and social workers.

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