Multicultural Organizational Development (MCOD): The Fundamental Transformation Of Canadian Social Work Education

Cynthia Justine Gallop
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Empowerment and social change can occur in many ways (Nagda & Harding, 1999). However, to truly overcome racist and disempowering systems and practices, large-scale change should be conducted in a methodical, organized manner. Learning to overcome racist and oppressive systems must begin with social work educational institutions. Social work programs in Canada should demonstrate a more healthy and productive way to structure all of our organizations (Goodman, 2001). There has been much debate in the field of Organizational Development (OD) about the various ways to achieve truly diverse and inclusive organizations (Chesler, 1994). Although the consensus-oriented model of organizational change is easier to implement, true organizational transformation and integration is rare (Chesler, 1994; Hyde, 2004).

The Multicultural Organizational Development (MCOD) model is one conflict-oriented change model that strives for fundamental transformation of organizations. Both the Maritime School of Social Work and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work are Canadian educational institutions that have used the MCOD model to address the challenge of inclusive and diverse education. This paper proposes that all Canadian social work schools should use the Multicultural Organizational Development (MCOD) model to assist them not only to meet their accreditation requirements, but also fundamentally transform their schools to achieve long-term change.

Keywords: Multicultural Organizational Change (MCOD), Managing Diversity (MD), Organizational Development (OD), Conflict-Oriented Change Models, Consensus-Oriented Change Models, Inclusive Education, Empowerment Education, Fundamental Transformation, Social Justice, Diversity
Stream: Organisations
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Multicultural Organizational Development (MCOD)

Cynthia Justine Gallop

Diversity Coordinator, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

Since graduating with her Master's in Social Work in 1998 Cynthia Gallop has worked in the areas of diversity, nonprofit management and research. Cynthia has designed and managed research projects, examining the barriers to enthocultural access to nonprofit organizations in Calgary. Cynthia is currently coordinating a Multicultural Organizational Development (MCOD) project for Wood's Homes, a ninety one-year-old nonprofit, non-government organization that works primarily with children and families in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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