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Vengris Jennie, Instructor and Field Education Development

Jennie Vengris

Instructor and Field Education Development

Faculty
School of Social Work

Area(s) of Interest:

Biography

Research Interests & Field Education Support

My research experience and interests revolve primarily around housing and homelessness – especially the complex intersection of personal and structural risk and protective factors in individuals’ and communities’ experiences of homelessness.   I am interested in advocacy efforts that demand comprehensive housing policies and am interested in how to meaningfully incorporate an equity analysis in housing policy. Finally, I am interested in community food security – especially how communities participate in responding to poverty-related hunger and how community food security can exist without undermining the need for policy/structural solutions.

As the newest member of the Field Education team, I have been engaged to develop new, innovative Field Education opportunities for undergraduate students particularly in the areas of community development, community based research, social justice and grassroots advocacy.  Alongside this Field Education development, I will be teaching community and policy based social work practice courses.

Education

  • M.S.W., McMaster University, 2004
  • B.A. (Sociology & Indigenous Studies)/B.S.W., 2003

Teaching

Courses

Social Work 2B03 Social Welfare: General Introduction

Social Work 4D06 General Practice II

Social Work 4003 Social Work with Communities

Research

Selected Community Planning Reports & Policy Briefs


Brodati, D. , Vengris, J., Elliott, M. and Filice, J. (2013). The Housing and Homelessness Action Plan.  The City of Hamilton. Hamilton, ON

Vengris, J., (2012). What we heard…talking to people about housing and homelessness in Hamilton. The City of Hamilton. Hamilton, ON

Vengris, J., Jaffray, D., McNaney, P., Wetselaar, R., Fraser, M. (2010). Seeking Better Outcomes for Youth in Hamilton.  The Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton. Hamilton, ON

Glen, S., McKenzie, L., & Vengris, J. (2008). A Guide to Developing a Photovoice Project in your Community.  The Community Centre for Media Arts. Hamilton, ON

Vengris, J. (2008).  Recreation Access for Children and Youth of Hamilton’s Diverse Communities. The Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton. Hamilton, ON

Vengris, J. (2005). Addressing the Needs of Street-Involved and Homeless Youth in Hamilton. The Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton. Hamilton, ON


Selected Presentations

 

2013    Vengris, J. Setting the Local Context. The Hamilton Emergency Shelter Summit. Hamilton, ON

2012

Vengris, J. & Brodati, D. Building a Demographic Profile of Social Housing Tenants.  The Ontario Municipal Social Services Association Conference. Toronto, ON

 
2010

Vengris, J. Community Planning 101. The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness Annual Meeting. Halifax, NS

Vengris., J. Systems Level Evaluations. Youth Homelessness Evaluation Conference, York University. Toronto, ON


Recent Community Connections


City of Hamilton, Housing Services Division (2010 – 2014)
Senior Policy Analyst

Urban Arts Initiative (2010/2011)
Chair

The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness (2009 – 2011)
Member

The Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (2004 – 2010)
Social Planner