Usha George

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Director, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Professor Faculty of Community Services School of Social Work Toronto, Ontario ugeorge@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6436

Bio/Research

Dr. George came to Ryerson in 2006 from the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, where she had been a faculty member since 1994 and Associate Dean since 1999. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, an M.A. in Sociology from Loyola University of Chi...

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Bio/Research

Dr. George came to Ryerson in 2006 from the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, where she had been a faculty member since 1994 and Associate Dean since 1999. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, an M.A. in Sociology from Loyola University of Chicago, and an M.A. in Sociology, a B.Sc. in Chemistry, and a B.Ed. from the University of Kerala, India.

At the University of Toronto, Dr. George held the Royal Bank Chair in Applied Social Work Research. Since 2003, she has a cross-appointment with the Centre for Urban and Community Studies at the University of Toronto, and has been Director of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS). Dr. George was instrumental in developing the Anti-racism, Multiculturalism and Native Issues (AMNI) Initiative at the Faculty of Social Work at U of T, which is a comprehensive approach to embracing diversity in the organizational functioning of the Faculty.

From 2006- 2016 Dr George served as the Dean of the Faculty of Community Services and from 2016-17 as interim Vice President, Research and Innovation at Ryerson University. In 2015 she was awarded the Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership at Ryerson University.

Currently she is the Director of the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement, leading three major research studies: a SSHRC Insight Grant on Citizenship Experiences of Racialized Women; a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant on Syrian Newcomers and an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada funded study on Entrepreneurial Behaviour of Newcomers to Ontario.

The focus of Dr. George's scholarship, teaching and creative professional activity has been in the area of social work with diverse communities. Her research focuses on three areas: social development; newcomer settlement and integration; and diversity and organizational change. She has an extensive research grant and publication record as well as university teaching and administrative experience. She works in partnership with several community agencies on research and knowledge transfer activities, and has worked closely with a number of government agencies. Her work has influenced government policy and practice in relation to newcomers to Canada and in 2016, she was an expert witness to the House of Commons Committee on Family Reunification.
Dr. George has served on a variety of community-based boards such as the Scarborough Board of Health and the Toronto District Health Council. She has served as Chair of both the South Asian Family Support Services and the Coalition of Agencies serving South Asians, and as Vice-President of the Board of the Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto and a board member of United Way of York Region.
Dr George has been interviewed on radio and television and featured in University Affairs and the research publications of University of Toronto and Ryerson University. In 2011 she received the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Professional Female of the Year ‘ and in 2012, she was one of the 10 shortlisted candidates for the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.


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(416) 979-5000 ext. 7161

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