Badiah received both her PhD (2016) and M.S.W. (2011) from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. She was selected to participate in North Carolina State Building Future Faculty Program, 2016 - a nationally competitive professional development program held at NC State University, Raleigh.
Dr Haffejee's research examines resiliency, the enduring impact of trauma (e.g., war, refugee camp experience, sexual violence, poverty, and job insecurity) including the ways that refugee policy, institutional cultures, and individual attitudes combine to negatively impact women refugees as they meet the demands of economic self-sufficiency while they are integrating into the United States. raws from two theories of oppression: Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Womanism.
Additionally, Badiah investigated the carryover effects of trauma including the challenges of racism, discrimination and Islamaphobia as experienced by African Muslim refugee students’ integrating into the U.S. public school system.
Badiah is also involved in an adult service learning project (refugee job training and mentorship) established between the ECDC/African Community Center in Denver, a refugee resettlement agency, and the Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at DU. Her work examines refugee outcomes; specifically, she looks at whether participation in this program is associated with increased social connectedness, self-efficacy, and improved psychological well-being.For this longitudinal study, Badiah helped create instruments, received funding and translated these instruments into nine different African, Middle Eastern, and South-east Asian languages.
As a passionate community social worker, Badiah is constantly fuelled by being in service to vulnerable, marginalised and oppressed populations through community activism, policy advocacy, community organising and civic engagement.
Qualitative Methods: Community-based approaches, Digital Storytelling (DS), Photovoice/photo journaling, Participant observation, Interviews
Qualitative Data Analysis: Template Analysis, Grounded Theory, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), Coding field notes and transcripts, Querying themes using NVivo and AtlasTi
Badiah Haffejee, Ph.D., MSW
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver
2148 S. High St., Denver, CO 80208
Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) - Islam and Muslims Track
Society of Social Work Research (SSWR)
Western Social Science Association (WSSA)
University of Denver: Advisory Council on Racial Diversity (ACoRD)
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