Dr Rugare J. Mugumbate holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from the University of Zimbabwe and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He worked in the disability sector before joining the Department of Social Work, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe. Presently, he is with the School of Health & Society, University of Wollongong, Australia where he teaches international social work and other subjects. He works with the Africa Social Work Network (ASWNet) which promotes production and dissemination of indigenous knowledges such as ubuntu and the African Journal of Social Work (AJSW) published by the National Association of Social Workers (Zimbabwe). He is a founder of Sanga Development Foundation (SDF), a community-based organisation in his home village in Buhera District; Epilepsy Resource Centre of Zimbabwe based in Harare and the Epilepsy Africa Alliance (EAA) based in Kigali, Rwanda. He participates in global disability advocacy and research. His research interests are in social justice as it interfaces with marginalised groups in society.
Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy is an Associate Professor at the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Mfoafo-M’Carthy holds a master’s and PhD in Social Work from Columbia University and the University of Toronto respectively. He is the recipient of the Hilary M. Weston scholarship for scholastic achievement and commitment to mental health in 2009. He is a former Associate Director of Laurier’s Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TISCA) and a former Carnegie Diasporan Fellow at the University of Ghana. He has extensive policy, teaching and research experience, and has worked in adolescent and adult mental health organizations in New York City, British Columbia, and Ontario. He has previously taught at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and the University of Windsor. He teaches an array of courses mostly at the micro and macro levels. Dr. Mfoafo-M’Carthy’s research focuses on community-based / global mental health practice, disability, inclusive education, international social work and Afrocentric social work practice. Dr. Mfoafo-M’Carthy has held numerous Canadian research grants exploring stigma, mental health and disability. He travels regularly to Ghana and other African countries where he is involved in research in mental health and disability. Dr. Mfoafo-M’Carthy previously worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.
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