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Hilary Weaver

Professor Emeritus of Social Work
University at Buffalo School of Social Work


Multicultural social work; historical and contemporary issues affecting Indigenous Peoples, including Native Americans; refugee health and well-being; trauma and resilience

Portrait of Hilary Weaver, University at Buffalo faculty expert on cultural competence in helping professions, and issues affecting Indigenous Peoples.

Hilary Weaver is a social worker, educator and researcher.

Her work explores how social work and other helping professions can be more responsive to culturally diverse people, with a focus on Indigenous Peoples and refugees. She views these populations through the lens of their common experience as displaced people who have often experienced trauma and are enveloped in foreign cultural contexts.

Weaver has written on a variety of issues impacting Indigenous Peoples, such as social policy, health and well-being, intergenerational trauma, education, environmental justice and more. Her book projects include a volume on contemporary Native American issues viewed through the dual lenses of trauma and resilience.

Weaver is Lakota and has lived much of her adult life in Haudenosaunee territory in Western New York.


Hilary Weaver, DSW
Professor Emeritus of Social Work
University at Buffalo School of Social Work