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Toni Serafini
Associate Professor
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The SMF Research Symposium is an annual conference hosted by the Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF) at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario. The symposium is a one-day conference that highlights student and faculty research dealing generally with relationships, families, and human sexuality. 


The Research Symposium was first launched by SMF faculty and students in 2009 to bring together an academic community of shared interests in scholarship and research. It is our hope that it will continue to serve as a forum for growth and development within the fields of sexuality, relationships, and families, as well as provide a space for future innovations and professional exploration. The SMF department encourages an overarching vision of social justice and anti-oppression through research and scholarship, and emphasizes the importance of that vision through the Research Symposium.


Each year, the SMF Symposium offers an opportunity for students, faculty, and community members to present their research and engage in critical discussions about important issues in the relationships and sexuality fields. These critical discussions often take on a practical or applied focus – how research translates into practice in the human services fields. The Symposium team remains committed to creating a venue where we can explore and discuss theory and research in critical and accessible ways!


The 11th Annual SMF Research Symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. Further details will be forthcoming.




The SMF department invites proposals for presentations on any topic related to sexualities, relationships, or families.


Student undergraduate and graduate proposals are particularly encouraged.


Please submit your 200-300 word abstract by February 16, 2024 to Dr. Carl Rodrigue, Assistant Professor in SMF:



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