Sara Cumming, Sheridan College

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Name: 
Sara Cumming

Position: Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of Home Suite Hope

Affiliation: Sheridan College

 

 

 

Educational Background:
B.A. Honours sociology, Brock University;
M.A. Social justice and equity studies, Brock University;
Ph.D.  Sociology (social inequality stream), University of Waterloo

Professional Background and Affiliations: 
Sara teaches introduction to sociology, social policy and social inequality related classes at Sheridan College. She is also the Executive Director at Home Suite Hope, a not-for-profit that houses, educates and wraps services around homeless single parent families to help them transition to self sufficiency. Sara has also taught Intro to sociology at the University of Waterloo from 2008-2012; and taught Intro to sociology, gender, social policy, sociology of families, qualitative methods, social inequality at Brock University from 2006-2013

Contact Information: sara.cumming@sheridancollege.ca

What are your main research interests?
Social inequality with a focus on gender and social policy.  My work mainly focuses on lone mothers’ experiences with government policies such as Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Subsidized Housing, Subsidized Childcare and Ontario Student Assistance Program.

What interesting research findings have emerged from your work? Despite efforts to reform policy to facilitate lone mothers’ transitions into the workforce the current social assistance framework effectively excludes lone mothers from successful participation in programming.

 

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