Renison professor awarded $200K grant for Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation project

Professor Kristina LlewellynLast week the Government of Canada announced more than $160 million in social sciences and humanities research funding. Professor Kristina Llewellyn was awarded $200,000 as part of the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant program for Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation (DOHR). DOHR is a history education partnership among community stakeholders, academics, and educators that examines the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC). This partnership will create virtual reality oral histories with former residents and with the NSHCC Restorative Inquiry to be used in history classrooms. When asked to comment about what this grant means to her research and what she will be able to accomplish, Llewellyn said, "I am incredibly honoured to partner with former residents of the NSHCC and with educators from across the country to co-create virtual reality storytelling through which young people will come to understand a history of racism and activism in this country. This project makes innovation and justice the centre of history education for Canadian students." Kristina Llewellyn awarded $200K grant for Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation project

New research studies the importance of Participatory Action Research in bringing about a change in discourse surrounding health

Venn diagram of Participatory Action ResearchIn an article published last week in the Journal of Progressive Human Services (August), professors Trish Van Katwyk and Rachelle Ashcroft study the importance of using Participatory Action Research (PAR) to fill a gap in health research. Van Katwyk and Ashcroft draw on the living document produced using PAR to help bring about change in the discourse surrounding health so that the input of ideas is much broader and "shaped by voices that have been historically excluded." New research studies the importance of Participatory Action Research in bringing about a change in discourse surrounding health

Wind-In 2016, a chance for students to cut loose and get to know each other

Renison students cut loose at Wind-In 2016On Friday, September 16, Renison students celebrated a long standing tradition of welcoming new residents with this year’s edition of Wind-In. It’s one of two semi-formal events that offer a chance for residents to feast together residents then cut loose on the dance floor. The festivities took place at Kitchener’s Concordia Club, host of Wind-In and the end-of-term Wind-Out for the past few years. Photos of the event, courtesy of the Student Life team, will be posted on Renison's Facebook page later on this week. As classes get into full swing, it’s events like Wind-In that offer something extra to Renison students and build community within a much larger campus. Wind-in 2016, a chance for students to cut loose and get to know each other

Renison Professor exhibits new artwork at the Durham Art Gallery 

Professor Soheila EsfahaniFrom September 16 to November 13 Renison professor Soheila Esfahani is featured in a new solo exhibition calledIn Between at the Durham Art Gallery. Some of you may be familiar with Professor Esfahani through the art installation class she teaches in the Studies in Islam program at Renison. According to the Durham Art Gallery website, "Soheila Esfahani’s work touches on her experience growing up in Iran, and her later experience living in Canada. In her exhibition she addresses the tensions that emerge from trying to integrate one culture within another..." Renison professor exhibits new artwork at the Durham Art Gallery

Looking for participants in a Mental Health Wellness video

video camera set upThe following information is being shared on behalf of Sandra Gibson & Cassie Smith, Mental Health Wellness Co-Chairs, Health Services. They are looking for staff, faculty or students who have an interest in participating in a mental health wellness video. If you, or someone you know is interested in helping us out with either of the above projects, please contact Tanya Young at your earliest convenience, and/or connect with Sandra Gibson/Cassie Smith directly regarding the mental health wellness video. More information on the Mental Health Wellness video project...

Wellness Series offered to students, staff and faculty

Craft supplies set up in the Dunker Family LoungeAs we settle into the academic year, we invite you to attend the Wellness Series. This is a space to relax, de-stress, and create that’s open to all students studying and/or living at Renison, as well as staff and faculty. The fall series starts on Wednesday September 21 and runs every Wednesday from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Dunker Family Lounge (except for Nov 9 and Christmas break). For more information, check out the Wellness Series online.

Looking for the Renison Social Worker?

Tanya YoungPlease note that our social worker, Tanya Young, changed offices this summer. You can now find her in office #2303 – second floor, across the hall from St. Bede’s Chapel.
Renison’s Student Services Social Worker provides:                

  • Individual counselling (4-6 sessions per term)
  • Advocacy
  • Connections with resources on campus and in the community           
  • Workshops
  • The Wellness Series

Services are available to students studying at and/or living at Renison.
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