Ruth Koleszar-Green

School of Social Work

Assistant Professor
Indigenous Research
Guest and Host relationships

Office: Ross Building, S811
Phone: 4167362100 Ext: 77567
Emailruthkg@yorku.ca

Ruth is interested in Onkwehonwe (the Mohawk word for "original people") knowledges, approaches and world views. She is a Mohawk woman and a member of the Turtle clan. As a teacher, Ruth utilizes Onkwehonwe pedagogies including storytelling, experiential learning, and reciprocal relationship building. As a researcher, Ruth is interested in ways to bring Onkwehonwe histories and knowledges into critical social work educations. She has engaged multiple Onkwehonwe communities in research projects that include: HIV/AIDS, food security, and education. As a community member and activist, Ruth is on numerous committees (including co-chairing the York wide 'Indigenous Council' and chairing of the School of Social Work's Aboriginal Advisory Committee) and volunteers at several Toronto and Ontario Aboriginal organizations (including as a community council member holding restorative justice circles at Aboriginal Legal Services and is a board member at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto)

Area of Specialization

Indigenous Social Work

Degrees

PHD, OISE at University of Toronto
MSW, Ryerson University
BSW, Ryerson University


Research Interests

Aboriginal Peoples , Adult Education


Ruth is interested in Onkwehonwe (the Mohawk word for "original people") knowledges, approaches and world views. She is a Mohawk woman and a member of the Turtle clan. As a teacher, Ruth utilizes Onkwehonwe pedagogies including storytelling, experiential learning, and reciprocal relationship building. As a researcher, Ruth is interested in ways to bring Onkwehonwe histories and knowledges into critical social work educations. She has engaged multiple Onkwehonwe communities in research projects that include: HIV/AIDS, food security, and education. As a community member and activist, Ruth is on numerous committees (including co-chairing the York wide 'Indigenous Council' and chairing of the School of Social Work's Aboriginal Advisory Committee) and volunteers at several Toronto and Ontario Aboriginal organizations (including as a community council member holding restorative justice circles at Aboriginal Legal Services and is a board member at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto)

Area of Specialization

Indigenous Social Work

Degrees

PHD, OISE at University of Toronto
MSW, Ryerson University
BSW, Ryerson University

Research Interests:

Aboriginal Peoples , Adult Education