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Valerie Borum, PhD

Director of the School of Social Work at Ryerson University

Valerie Borum, PhD

Director of the School of Social Work at Ryerson University

Biography

Dr. Borum started as the Director of the School of Social Work at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in January 2020.  She has experience as both a BSSW Program Director and an MSW Program Director. 

Dr. Borum completed her post-doctoral studies at the University of Rochester’s, School of Medicine and received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University and her Master of Social Work from Gallaudet University. While studying at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., all of her instruction was in American Sign Language (ASL).

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in biology and philosophy from Mundelein Women’s College at Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Borum’s research and scholarship focus on the role of ethnoculture as a protective and promotive factor in health, mental health, and disability, with attention to Black/African Americans.

Dr. Borum also focuses her research and scholarship on the role of ‘Whiteness’ in oppression, marginalization, and anti-Black racism. She studies the intersection of disability, deafness, and ethnoculture, with attention to Black/African Americans and Afro-Latinx/Black Hispanics families with deaf and hard of hearing children. Dr. Borum utilizes Afrocentric and Womanist/Black Feminist approaches in her scholarship and research.

As a social work practitioner, she directed two programs, supervising social work and human services professionals serving persons with disabilities and intersecting identities. She also worked with deaf children of colour and their families in elementary and high school settings for deaf and hard of hearing children.

She is currently conducting research with a focus on advocacy and families of color as a research collaborator/consultant with Laurent Clerc National Deaf Educational Research at Gallaudet University. Dr. Borum was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

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