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Research in Action: Connecting to our Communities through Applied Research

  • Research in Action: Connecting to our Communities through Applied Research

The following blog post was written by Jennifer Caswell, Community Liaison Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

Being a learning partner for life extends beyond the classroom to connect the Bow Valley College (BVC) campus to our community. At the heart of BVC’s approach to research is ensuring the questions researchers ask respond to real-world issues facing the communities we serve.

On Thursday, June 15 faculty, administration, and staff alike are invited to join President Gunter and Russ Wilde alongside three BVC research teams to experience research in action. After a short program and during a reception the teams will showcase their dynamic applied research projects. Set up around N231 each team will share a research poster with an overview of their project and highlighting early insights. The three BVC projects are:

  1. Social Innovation on the Ground: Accessible and Evidence-based Tools for Social Innovators (Academic Innovation and Applied Research)
  2. Bringing Hearts and Minds Together: Co-creating lifelong learning materials for caregivers of Aboriginal children (Community Studies with the Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre)
  3. Enhancing the Wellbeing and Civic Engagement of Immigrant Women Retirees (Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement)

While each project is led by different research groups, what unites them is that they are all funded through Community and College Social Innovation Fund grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This fund supports projects that aim to connect the talent and capabilities of Canada’s colleges to community organizations’ research needs.

By its nature, applied research connects academics to the community. Our three talented teams are engaging in collaborative research that not only enriches their own academic inquiry but fosters an environment on campus that encourages and embraces collaboration with our stakeholders in an interdisciplinary environment. Come by N231 on Thursday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. to learn more about these projects and the processes each team pursued leading to and during their research. 

Event Details
  • Date: Thursday, June 15
  • Location: N231
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Remarks at 11:15 a.m.

Please email ceiia@bowvalleycollge.ca with questions.

This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

 

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