Badiah received her PhD. and M.S.W. 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.
In 2011, Badiah was the recipient of the Jean Sinnock Award for her overall contribution to GSSW, her commitment to social justice and her representation of the social work profession. She served as the doctoral student representative on GSSW’s Advisory Council on Racial Diversity (ACoRD) and president of the Shades of Brown Alliance (SOBA).
Born and raised in South Africa, she ventured to the United States to pursue academic social work training. Her prior social work experiences are domestic violence, hospice, persons with physical disabilities, reducing health disparities in Black/African American communities, crisis intervention, trauma and substance abuse.
Badiah's research examines resiliency, the enduring impact of trauma (e.g., war, sexual violence, poverty, and job insecurity) including the ways that refugee policy, institutional cultures, and individual attitudes combine to negatively impact African women refugees as they meet the demands of economic self-sufficiency while they are integrating into the United States. Her work also draws 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 seven different African, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian languages.
Ms. Haffejee presently mentors and works with youth from refugee backgrounds at South High School in Denver, utilizing Digital Storytelling narrative as an intervention for healing experiences of trauma for these youth. Badiah also coordinates and facilitates an afterschool program with these youth at South High School.
Badiah was a research assistant to Dr. Kim Bender collecting and analyzing longitudinal data from homeless youth. She also worked as a graduate research assistant for the Bridge Project, an organization that provides educational opportunities for youth from low-income neighborhoods in the Denver metropolitan area.
Badiah served as a teaching assistant in the Interventions in Child & Adolescents Mental Health class and History of Social Welfare class. She also co-taught the Social Work Practice, Empowerment Practice with Diverse Communities, and the Advanced Social Work Practice: Critical Race Theory-Praxis classes. In 2014, Ms. Haffejee taught the Empowerment Practice with Diverse Communities class. In 2015, she is scheduled to teach the Advanced Social Work Practice: Critical Race Theory Praxis class. In 2016, Badiah is scheduled to teach Power, Privilege and Oppression, the Community/Macro Theory and Practice class as well as the Advanced Social Work Practice: Critical Race Theory-Praxis class.
As a passionate community social worker, Badiah is constantly fuelled by being in service to vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed populations through community activism, policy advocacy, community organizing 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)
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.