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Brianna Strumm

Dr. Brianna Strumm, BSW, MSW, PhD, RSW

Assistant Professor, BSW Committee Chair

Abbotsford campus, B165c

Phone: 604-504-7441 extension 4631

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Prior to her work in academia, Brianna worked in a variety of clinical, community-based and administrative social work positions. Brianna has experience working in both government and nongovernmental organizations in Canada, England, India, Jamaica and South Africa in the areas of capacity-building, research, child protection, youth employment, foster care, health care, poverty reduction, family violence, project management and community development. She led two service-learning trips to Guatemala and India with undergraduate students in 2016. Brianna is passionate about student-centered learning and has recently won two student-nominated teaching excellence awards (2016 & 2018). In 2020, Brianna won a UFV Innovative Teaching Award for a project entitled: "A Socially Just Global Service Learning Program".

Brianna’s doctorate research examined how international social workers engage in reflective practices and how these practices impact their work and well-being. By showcasing social work practice within international development projects, she wishes to strengthen the relationship between social work and international development/humanitarian work. Her additional scholarship interests include women and social policy, international service-learning, mindfulness practices, and social work education - particularly the advancement of international and doctorate education through contemplative, feminist and arts-based pedagogies. Brianna was recently awarded a SSHRC Explore Grant with colleagues in Adult Education (Amea Wilbur and Tanis Sawkins) which explores the experiences of belonging and exclusion for newcomer women throughout the Lower Mainland.


British Columbia College of Social Workers #14422

       International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Member

              Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) Member

              Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP) Member

              Healing Solidarity Network Member



Sawkins, T., Strumm, B., Mancilla-Fuller, M. & Bolow, H. “Images of Newcoming.” Metropolis Conference of Canada, March.


Strumm, B. “The Important of Tending to Yourself.” CCSSHE: Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, June.

Strumm, B. “A ‘spark’ to promote sustained well-being in BSW students.” CASWE: Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, June.


Strumm, B. & El-Lahib, Y. “Disrupting current trends in social work doctoral education: Grappling with neoliberal demands and symptoms.” CASWE: Congress of the Humanities and   Social Sciences, Vancouver, June.

Asakura, K. & Strumm, B. “What does social justice look like when sitting with clients?: A qualitative study of teaching clinical social work from a social justice perspective.” CASWE:           Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Vancouver, June.

Strumm, B. & Wright, A. “Re-thinking Vulnerability: Engaging with Non-typical Populations as Social Workers.” ACSW Annual Conference, Calgary, April.


Strumm, B. “Reflective practice: Implications for multi-sector international work.” Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Orlando, November.    

Strumm, B. “Working to advance the Sustainable Development Goals through the use of reflective practices: A social work perspective.” SWSD 2018: Social Work, Education and Social       Development, Dublin, Ireland, July.

Strumm, B. “Using Reflection: Reconciliation, Resistance, Resilience and Response.” CASWE: Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Regina, May.  

Strumm, B. “Integrating a social justice-oriented curriculum with global service learning.” CASWE: Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Regina, May.




Strumm, B. (2020). Using critical reflection to question self and power in international development. Gender & Development, 28(1), 175-192 DOI: 10.1080/13552074.2020.1717173

 Asakura, K., Strumm, B., Todd, S. & Varghese, R. (2019). What does social justice look like when sitting with clients? A qualitative study of teaching clinical social work from a social justice perspective. Journal of Social Work Education, DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2019.1656588

 Strumm, B. (2019). bell hooks: The teacher, the feminist pedagogue, the film critic, the activist and most of all, the black feminist. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, [special issue], 31(1), 54-58.

 Todd, S., Barnoff, L., Moffatt, K., Panitch, M., Parada, H. & Strumm, B. (2016). A social work re-reading of students as consumers. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 36(5), 542-556. DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2016.1225712

 Strumm, B. (2015). Women in Harperland: A critical look at gender inequality in Canada since 2006. Special Issue: Social Policy and Harper, Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue Canadienne de Politique Sociale, 71(1), 98-110.

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