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Social Work

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Social Work

David Firang

Dr. David Firang

Tenure-Track, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.

Educational Background

  • BA (Ghana)
  • MA (Saskatchewan)
  • MSW, PhD (Toronto)

General Background

Dr. David Firang is Assistant Professor at Dept. of Social Work at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. His research interest is in child welfare, immigrant transnationalism, housing, community development, and social policy issues. Prior to joining Trent University, Dr. Firang was Assistant Professor (Ltd) at University of Windsor’s School Social Work. At University of Windsor, Dr. Firang was a Curriculum Leader in Social Policy and Community Development courses in the MSW for Working Professionals Program. Dr. Firang also spent several years in the community and clinical practice. He has worked in the field of child welfare in the Adolescent Specialty Team at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto for more than 13 years - conducting child protection investigations, carrying out assessments, developing and implementing service plans for children and their families, as well as preparing and attending family court to advocate for the children and families that he worked with. He has also worked at the Access and Equity Division at the City of Toronto assisting immigrant community groups to obtain grants to manage their community programs. Further, over the last 15 years, Dr. Firang has played active leadership role in equity-seeking communities, especially the Ghanaian community in Toronto and the Ghanaian Methodist community in North America.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Child welfare policy and practice
  • Immigrant transnationalism and settlement issues
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Social Policy and social justice
  • Social Diversity and Anti-OppressionCommunity
  • Development and Afro-Canadian issues

Academic Excellence