University of Calgary

Liza Lorenzetti

  • Assistant Professor

Profile

     I was born in Montréal, traditional Six Nations territory - Mohawk or Kanien’kehá:ka land and have been living in Calgary for many years, traditional land of the Blackfoot and Treaty 7 people. Our extended family network arrived in Canada over the period of what is known as three historical waves of Italian migration to Québec and Canada. I live in an intercultural and multilingual family with my partner Arya Boustani, who is from Iran, our daughter Parisa. We belong to an extended family-community

     My teaching, research, and community practice center on anti-oppression, peace building and social justice.I firmly believe in the interconnectedness of human rights and our ecology, and the importance of doing one’s own personal work as the root of social transformation. I’ve worked in many areas of social work activism. My experiences include individual, family and group counseling; program & organization development and coordination, community development and movement-building. Some of the organizations that I have worked with are the Sheriff King Women’s Shelter, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, the City of Calgary, Social Workers for Social Justice, Peace Calgary and YMCA Entre-Temps and Dans La Rue in Montreal.  

Current Research

1.       Men as Agents of Change: Peaceful Families, Harmonious Communities

PI: L. Lorenzetti.  Co-applicants: K. Sehgal, H. Sadhwani; V. Lantion, M. Hoyt, L. Haile, B. Ogunbote, R. Valley, J. Otteson

Partners: Alberta Network of Immigrant Women (ANIW); City of Edmonton, Dad’s Central; Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary, Men’s Action Network Calgary, Men Edmond; REACH-Edmonton Immigrant and Refugee Initiative

Funded by: Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund

2.       A Critical Pedagogy Approach to Social Work Education: Supporting Transformational Learning

PI: Liza Lorenzetti. Co: R. Dhungel, D. Lorenzetti L. Haile, T. Oshchepkova

Funded by: The Taylor Institute, University of Calgary

3.       An Exploration of Peer Mentorship in Graduate Education

PI: D. Lorenzetti; Co-applicants: E. Oddone Paolucci, T.L. Clancy, L. Lorenzetti, M.Jacobsen, A. Calvert, L. Nowell

              Funded by: The Taylor Institute, University of Calgary

4.       The Calgary Healthy Families Collaborative: Examining Outcomes of Family Visitation

                Co-PI: Bruce MacLaurin & Liza Lorenzetti. Student: Ramandeep Brar

5.       Institutional framework to strengthen social work research: The research practicum

PI: Christine Walsh. Co-applicants: L. Lorenzetti, G. Dimitropoulos, W. Pelech, D. Nicholas, J. Ayala, A. Belikova

     Funded by: Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund

Research and Scholarly Activity – Research Projects Completed

    1. The Alberta Men’s Survey: Well-Being and Healthy Relationships
    2. Engaging Men in Domestic Violence Prevention: A Collective-Cultures Approach
    3. Housing Outcomes of Immigrants in Calgary: A Case Study Community Voices
    4. Community Voices: Insights on social and human services from people with lived experiences of homelessness       
    5. Engaging men in domestic violence prevention:  Opportunities and promising approaches
    6. The Dual Impact of Domestic Violence and War on Refugee Women in Calgary

Education

2016

PhD, University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work.

Dissertation topic: Engaging Men in Domestic Violence Prevention (Feminist participatory action research)

2006

MSW, University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work.

Thesis: The Dual Impact of War and Family Violence on Refugee Women in Calgary (Grounded theory)

1992

B.S.W. (distinction), McGill University, Faculty of Social Work.

Publications from 2008-Present

Articles

Lorenzetti, L., Wells, L., Logie, C., & Callaghan, T.  Understanding and preventing domestic violence in the lives of gender and sexually diverse persons (pp. 1-37). Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. (in print).

Goulet, S., Lorenzetti, L., Walsh, C. A., & Wells, L. (2016). Understanding the environment: Domestic violence and prevention in urban Aboriginal communities. First Peoples Child and Family Review, 11(1), 9-23.

Walsh, C. A., Lorenzetti, L., St. Denis, N., Murwisi, P., & Lewis, T.R. (2016). Community Voices: Insights on social and human services from people with lived experiences of homelessness. Review of Social Sciences, 01(02), 27-41. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18533/rss.v1i2.7

Lorenzetti, L., Azulai, A., & Walsh, C. A. (2016). Addressing power in conversation and methodology: Enhancing the transformative capacities of the World Café. Journal of Transformative Education. 14(3), 200-219. doi: 10.1177/1541344616634889

Lorenzetti, L. & Walsh, C. A. (2014). Is there an ‘f’ in your PAR: Understanding, teaching and doing action research. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 15(1), 50-63.

Begum, F., Walsh, C. A., & Lorenzetti, L. (2014). Ethical challenges: Research on intimate partner violence experiences of pregnant immigrant women. West East Journal of Social Sciences, 3(2), 1-9.

Lorenzetti, L. (2013). Developing a cohesive emancipatory social work identity: Risking an act of love, Critical Social Work, 14(2), 47-59.

Lorenzetti, L.  Research as a social justice tool: An activist’s perspective (2013). AFFILIA Journal of Women and Social Work, 28(4), 451-457.

Wells, L., Hurlock, D., Antonio, M., Lantion, V., Abboud, R., Claussen, C., & Lorenzetti, L. (2013). A context of domestic violence: Learnings for prevention from the Calgary Filipino community. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 4(1), 147-165.

Lorenzetti, L. & Este, D. (2010). War and partner violence: Refugee women’s experiences and impacts on resettlement. Canadian Social Work, 12(1), 76-81.

 

Articles from Conference Proceedings

 

Lorenzetti, L., Dhungel, R., Lorenzetti, D, Oshchepkova, T. & Haile, L. (2017). A transformative approach to social work education. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances. Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, 801-809.Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/HEAd17.2017.5422

Walsh , C. & Lorenzetti, L. (2016). Mentorship framework to strengthen social work research. Proceedings, University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute.

Lorenzetti, L. & Farkas, J. (2015). How did you get here? Engagement in social justice journeys through Pechakucha (pp. 1-21). 36th Annual Proceedings of the International Association of Social Work with Groups New York University.

Begun, F., Walsh, C. A., & Lorenzetti, L. (2014). Ethical challenges: Research on intimate partner violence experiences of pregnant immigrant women. The 2014 West East Institute International Conference Proceedings, 123-126.

Lorenzetti, L., Walsh, C. A., Mack, K. D., Sebastian, B., Ngeth, P., & Mancey, A. (2014). Migration, resettlement, racialization and well-being: Perspectives from immigrant men in Canada. The 2014 West East Institute International Conference Proceedings, 82-89.

Azulai, A., Lorenzetti, L., Walsh, C. A., Shaw, J., Heerema, V., Dhungel, R., Gulbrandsen, C., & Radzke, L. (2013). Enhancing the transformative capacities of the World Café in social work education. 4th World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership, Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences.

 

Panel Reviewed Publication

 

Lorenzetti, L., Reinberg, V., & Wyllie, K. (2013, Aug). Social workers commit to truth and reconciliation.  The Advocate, Journal of the Alberta College of Social Workers, 18-19.

 

Encyclopaedia Entry

Walsh, C. A., Lorenzetti, L., & Gulbrandsen, C. (2015). Feminist activism. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies

 

Reports

 

Lorenzetti, L., Lantion, V., Murwisi, P., Hoyt, M., Oliphant, F., Sadhwani, H., Oshchepkova, T., & Este, D. (2016). The Alberta Men’s Survey: A conversation with men about healthy relationships. Alberta Men’s Network, Calgary, Alberta. 

Lorenzetti, L., Ashna, A., Singh, L., Altwasser, D. Cala, C., & Balog, W. (2015). Preventing domestic violence in North of McKnight Communities: A place -based approach. United Way of Calgary and Area, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Sebastian, B. & Lorenzetti, L. (2015). Healthy Family Relations: A Community Response. The United Way of Calgary and Area, Calgary, Alberta.

Lorenzetti, L., Wells, L., Callaghan, T., Logie, C., & Koziey, L. (2014). Preventing domestic violence in LGBT communities: Understanding how discrimination, stigma, and social exclusion get in the way of healthy relationships (Issue Brief No. 3 | July 2014). Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary.

Wells, L., Lorenzetti, L., Carolo, H., Dinner, T., Jones, C., Minerson, T., & Esina, E. (2013).  Engaging men and boys in domestic violence prevention: Opportunities and promising approaches. AB, Canada: Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary.

Wells, L., Lorenzetti, L., & Esina, E. (2013). A priority for Alberta: Working with men and boys to prevent domestic violence. AB, Canada: Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary.

Wells, L., Dozois, E., Cooper, M., Claussen, C., Lorenzetti, L., & Boodt, C. (2012). How public policy and legislation can support the prevention of domestic violence in Alberta. AB, Canada: Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary.

Awards

Academic Awards

Date

Name of Award

2014

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Scholarship

2014

Canadian Federation of University Women ÉcolePolytechnique Award

2014

Izaak Walton Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarship - Research Support

2013

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSRHC) Doctoral Scholarship

2013

Izaak Walton Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarship - Research Support

2013

Honourary Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Scholarship

2013

Clarice Chodak Recognition of Excellence in Social Action

2013

Best Paper Award: Chinese University of Hong Kong 50th Anniversary Social Work Post-Graduate Symposium

2012

University of Calgary Eyes High Leadership Doctoral Scholarship

2012

SSHRC Global Open Doctoral Scholarship

2012

Vanier Scholarship  (Nomination)

2011

James Gripton Doctoral Scholarship in Social Work

2011

Lorne and Pat Gordon/YWCA Graduate Award

2011

Doreen F. Wilson Legacy Graduate Award

2010

Faculty of Social Work Entrance Scholarship        

2010

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship

 

Community Awards (last 10 years)

Date

Name of Award

Organization

2016

Certificate of Appreciation

Migrante: Migrant Rights Organization

2015

Spirit of Gold Award (for Men’s Action Network Calgary)

The United Way of Calgary and Area

2012

Certificate of Recognition

Salvadorian Association of Calgary

2010

Team Award for: Development of the Program Policy Toolkit and Staff Training

The City of Calgary Team Award

2008

National Award for Ngapagok Sudan School Peace Through Education Project

Canadian Association of Social Workers

2008

The Pulse of Social Work Advocacy Award

The University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work, The Alberta College of Social Workers & partners

2008

Certificate of Appreciation

The Darfur Association of Canada

2007

Team Award for: Creation of Bridges of Hope Refugee Camp Simulation

The City of Calgary & Canadian Red Cross

2007

Certificate of Appreciation: Ngapagok School Peace Through Education Project

Calgary Sudanese Committee

2007

Certificate of Congratulations: Ngapagok School Peace Through Education Project

Legislative Assembly of Alberta

2005

Alberta Centennial Award

Government of Alberta

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