"Resilience and Equity for Leadership"
Life is “Dukkha” – which translates as life is suffering – is foundational to the understanding of resilience. This presentation will explore how the concepts of resilience and equity intersect in social work practice and how they relate to effective leadership. Throughout the talk, the presenter will utilize his professional and lived experience to demonstrate how social workers can use resilience and equity to foster lasting change at micro and macro levels.
Guest Presenter: Msenwa Oliver Mweneake, MA, MSW, RSW
In 1996, when war broke out in eastern Congo, 15-year-old Oliver witnessed merciless killings of friends, neighbours and family. Through perseverance and determination, after years as a refugee, he emerged as a social worker who uses his lived experience to empower others. He has practiced social work in Africa and Canada as a clinical social worker in mental health and child welfare. Msenwa is interested in how policies affect macro social work, migration and diversity. He is the author of Still With Us: Msenwa’s Untold Story of War, Resilience and Hope and is the founder and director of the Msenwa Foundation, a charity that promotes resilience, hope and possibilities among children, youth and vulnerable women in DR Congo.