Ali Diebold

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Contract Teaching Faculty Waterloo, Ontario adiebold@wlu.ca

Bio/Research

I am a part-time instructor and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Social Work. Within the Waterloo Region community, I work as a counsellor and reintegration worker. I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo in 2011 and a Master of Social Work degree at La...

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Bio/Research

I am a part-time instructor and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Social Work. Within the Waterloo Region community, I work as a counsellor and reintegration worker. I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo in 2011 and a Master of Social Work degree at Laurier in 2015.

My body of work serves to:

- Improve social service delivery models to optimize outcomes for marginalized groups;
- Support collective well-being and economic development initiatives; and,
- Strengthen the capacity and leadership of human service organizations.

My research focuses on organizational development in human service organizations, with an aim to support outcomes that increase collective well-being, social innovation (including the development of for-profit market-based activities), and community-based approaches for repairing harm.

I've spent over a decade allying with marginalized and equity-seeking groups to do applied research, program evaluations, and community economic development work. We've partnered with a wide range of organizations from grassroots non-profit organizations to the Canadian federal government to secure funding and establish sustainable initiatives. It is critically important to implement initiatives that value marginalized groups.

For women exiting prisons, finding employment is extremely challenging due to scarcity of financial resources while experiencing inequities such as chronic unemployment, poverty, and homelessness. Combating these inequities requires creating pathways and policies that support women to overcome these barriers. As women should have access to initiatives that directly address these social inequities, for my PhD dissertation I am exploring how social enterprise programs (SEPs) constructed as an employment initiative can combat these root causes of crime. My qualitative study includes interviews, focus groups with an arts-based project, and a constructivist grounded theory analysis. Building SEPs as an employment initiative can promote social welfare development by sparking social policy discussions about how to better reintegrate women back into our communities. Innovating evolved policies requires us to embrace a reality where just and equitable outcomes are possible for women who have been imprisoned.


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Aonghus Kealy
Communications and Media Relations Officer
akealy@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

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