Carol Irizarry is an Associate Professor at Flinders University in the School of Social & Policy Studies. Carol was previously a member of the STTARS Board and left to take up a demanding administrative role as Head of the Social Work program at Flinders University. She returned to the STTARS Board In 2015 and was nominated as Secretary, and has now been re-elected and nominated for the position of Vice Chair. Carol believes that the major social issue facing Australia is related to refugee settlement, and that STTARS is a vital part of contributing to this being a successful process. She is concerned about the quality of life for STTARS' clients as they reconstruct their lives and she feels that STTARS could contribute to research in this area and to public knowledge, discussion and advocacy in relation to refugee settlement.
Carol has North American experience in relation to the settlement of Chilean refugees and welfare services for Puerto Rican and Cuban migrants, and has undertaken research in South Australia in the area of refugee services for unaccompanied humanitarian minors. Carol has developed and teaches in a Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief & Trauma.
Carol brings to STTARS her expertise in service delivery, strategy and research that will assist in developing innovative and contemporary approaches to agency structure and service delivery.