Community Engagement

In anticipation of its 50th anniversary, and the occasion it would afford to reflect on what has been accomplished and how to reshape our efforts, the University successfully applied for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant to undertake a study of a representative range of the institutions’ many initiatives to engage educationally marginalized students: those who for a variety of reasons (most often socioeconomic) have not had other students’ opportunity to flourish in their K–12 educations, making them less likely to seek a university education and less likely to succeed when they do.

A multidisciplinary research team of ten professors from Arts, Education, and Kinesiology was assembled to lead studies of various initiatives using a range of methods, but focusing especially on interviewing and surveying the youth who participated in one or more of the initiatives and the university personnel who developed and implemented them.

On this website, we include the research reports of the team, along with links to UW's community engagement initiatives.

Research was funded by SSHRC Aid to Small Universities Program (2014 competition, Grant 681-2014-0024).

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