Faculty Spotlight – Stasha Huntingford

Welcome to our new LTA faculty Stasha Huntingford. We interviewed her, check out her responses below.

1. What is your favourite food?
A – Veggie burger with bacon

2. What was the best advice you have ever received?
A – This problem is temporary -Phone Booth, 1999

3. What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?
A – I am most proud that homeless youth thought my masters thesis was worth reading.

4. What brought you to the University of the Fraser Valley/Abbotsford?
A – I moved over the mountains because UFV values teaching, which is rare.

5. What courses are you teaching in Fall?
A – Social Policy for the graduate students, and Anti-Racist Social Work for the undergrads.

6. Do you have advice for current, new or prospective students?
A – Everybody knows something, and no one knows everything.

7. Did you know that you always wanted to teach and why?
A – A lot of the social work practice that we do is teaching. We teach people how to resolve conflict, build relationships, emotionally regulate, navigate systems, etc. I find teaching the next generation of social workers fits with my goals of improving life for homeless youth, at the micro, meso, and macro levels. I enjoy teaching because I learn from every person in the class. I enjoy teaching because I see curiosity as a way to oppose fascism.

8. What is the most rewarding parts of your job?
A – Thinking about things in new ways, exploring with the class.

9. Dog or cat person?
A – YES.

10. Where did you grow up?
A – I grew up on the traditional lands of the Metis Nation of Alberta, the Tsuu T’ina and Nakota (Stoney) nations, and the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai people of the Blackfoot confederacy. This is known as the place where the rivers meet, and is in Treaty seven territory. The Dene people traveled down for trade quite a bit as well. I am a settler on these lands, and I acknowledge that many treaty promises have been broken, and that I benefit from unearned privilege because of colonialism.

11. How do you like to spend your time outside of UFV?
A – I enjoy spending time with trees, reading scifi, and engaging with local social justice efforts.
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