Introductions are important to me, and I like to start my introduction with my name. I am Dr. Kathy Hogarth. Currently, I serve as Dean and a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. I am Black. This may seem like an insignificant or unnecessary identification; however, this fact of my identity seems to hold so much importance in this society and in academic institutions. I have always been Black, but that fact never mattered as much until I entered white space. Then, my Blackness seemed to matter more than any other aspect of my identity. So much so that early in my academic career, I had a student “remind” me that I was Black. So much so, even in this position as Dean, colleagues remind me that I can be smart as a Black woman. So, I say to you I am Black – unapologetically Black! I am an immigrant. I was born and raised in the Caribbean and came to Canada over two decades ago.
Wilfrid Laurier University is not only my workplace; I also studied here. In 2004, I received my second master’s degree in psychology; in 2012, I received my PhD in social from Wilfrid Laurier University. My research then focused on understanding the lived experiences of immigrants in Canada.
Since my graduate work, I have taken a brief stint (2011-2012) at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario as a Lecturer on a Limited Term Appointment and then a lengthier stay (2012-2021) at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo as an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the School of Social Work. Just before rejoining Laurier, I served as the Special Advisor on Anti-racism and Inclusivity to the Office of the Vice President of Research and International at the University of Waterloo and the Anti-racism Advisor to the University of Waterloo’s Faculty Association.
My personal passions and struggles inform my professional engagements to a large degree. For instance, my years of work at the national level with the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Educators International Affairs Committee as well as the Caucus on Race and Ethnicity are wrapped up in my personal experiences as a twice migrant woman and my need to address issues of race and culture in my personal world and extending that to the world beyond me. To my Social Work community, I have a deep passionate commitment because I truly believe in the work we do as social workers.
My struggles also inform my research. Borrowing from the words of Beryl Gilroy, I research to assert my sullied identity. Research for me is therapy and nourishment. I research and write in the name of resistance. In the tradition of Black women who write to come to terms with their trauma, or alternatively, to understand the nature of their elemental oppression, I wrote myself and put the record straight. But racism research, the kind that I engage in understanding lived experiences, is a heavy burden to carry, and it certainly takes its toll. And so, I’ve had to ask myself, in light of the findings of my exploration, what am I going to do? How do I change the current reality? How do I disrupt the discourse? This has led to a parallel line of research on building community capacity. One of the underlying goals of this work, which aligns perfectly with my personal and professional goals, is to transform our community and make it more inclusive and safe where all its members thrive.
My personal experiences as a black and immigrant woman were the drivers in the early development of my research agenda and continue to inform the kind of research in which I become engaged. Much of my research, service, and teaching is on critical race, racism, and equity in Canadian and international contexts. I have extensive experience in the work of equity, diversity, and inclusion. I am particularly interested in organizational and societal transformation that leads to more equitable and just worlds that challenge systems of oppression.
Hogarth, K. (2022). A theorizing of decolonizing equity and the nation-state. In B. Allen & V.C.R. Hackett, (Eds.), Decolonizing Equity: Fernwood Publishing.
Hogarth, K, (2021). Teaching Change: Navigating the Tensions in Social Change Pedagogy. In R. Csiernik, (Ed.), Teaching Social Work: Pedagogy and Practice. University of Toronto Press.
Hogarth, K. (2019). Decolonization and Internationalization: Critical Challenges for Social Work Education in Canada, Social Dialogue, Iss.21, 5-7.
Hogarth, K & Fletcher, W. (2018). A Space for Race: Decoding Racism, Multiculturalism and Post Colonialism in the Quest for Belonging in Canada and Beyond. Oxford University Press.
Ashcroft, R., Van Katwyk, T., & Hogarth, K. (2017). An Examination of the Holism Paradigm: A View of Social Work, Vol 32, (8), 461-474.
Hogarth K. (2016). Making Meaning of Belonging. The International Journal of Diverse Identities, Vol. 16, (2), 1-17.
April 26, 2022. TV, The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Can you teach diversity and inclusion?
2021, Active Listening. Church & Racism: Discovering a Lover for Justice.
July 9, 2020. CBC. What systemic racism in Canada looks like
June 17, 2020. CBC K-W The Morning Edition: What will it take to end racism?
June 15, 2020. TVO, The Agenda with Steve Paikin. What does it mean to be an ally?
June 6, 2020. CBC. Acknowledging Canadian black history crucial in fighting systemic racism
June 3, 2020. Global news ‘We are not better than the U.S.’: Expert slams premiers’ comments on racism in Canada
November 11, 2019. Global News, Toronto: “They fought to fight: How Black Canadians battled racism to serve the country
September 19, 2019. Toronto Star: Trudeau’s Black Face
August 7, 2019. Global News: Living in Colour
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