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Alyssa Schenk

PhD Student

Degrees:MSW (University of Windsor), BSW (Women's Studies & Social Work, University of Windsor)

About Me:

Following the completion of my BSW and throughout my MSW, much of my work has focused on immigration and settlement concerns of Windsor-Essex County’s migrant and refugee communities.  My work has involved social justice education and civic participation initiatives for newcomer youth, as well as public legal education and advocacy for migrant workers and individuals who have been trafficked to and throughout Canada. In 2019, I received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Women and Gender Studies department at the University of Windsor for my continued work and commitment to feminist social work practice and community advocacy work.

Why Carleton:

I initially chose to pursue my doctoral studies at Carleton University due to its focus on structural social work, its commitment to social justice and the promising and impactful research coming out of its faculty members (as well as other faculty members throughout various disciplines and departments).

My Research:

My research is concerned primarily with the phenomena of both culture and identity and their connections to mental health.
My research ultimately seeks to answer a two-fold question: How do second-generation Filipino-Canadian youth negotiate and navigate the crossroads of intersecting cultural identities, and how do the compatible and/or conflictual demands of this process impact the mental health of these youth?

Research Interests:

Identity, subjectivity and the Self; cultural identity and performance; (Philippine) migration and diaspora; intersectionality and feminism(s); feminist social work practice; Indigeneity and anti-colonialism; Philippine Studies and pinayism.