Identifying Vulnerabilities in Sexual Assault Policies among Marginal and Racialized Communities in Southern Alberta

Interning with a community based organization, the Chinook Sexual Assault Centre in Lethbridge, I will aim to research and explore the needs of marginalized and racialized communities as it pertains to sexual assault resources and policy creation/implementation. That is, I aim to research how university sexual assault policy may be successful and where it may need improvement based on the lived-experiences of marginalized and racialized communities.

Workforce Innovation Through Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise is a catalyst for social and economic empowerment and inclusion, and has been identified as an innovative opportunity to address workforce challenges and economic sustainability in Southwestern Newfoundland.

Abolitionist Dream-Mapping

We live in a world where prisons are seen as a necessary condition for public safety and accountability. But there were no prisons on Turtle Island prior to colonization! The abolitionist dr eam of a world without prisons is grounded in a concrete historical context. This project both recovers and invents decolonial abolitionist methods for dismantling colonial institutions like prisons and jails, and for building freer, healthier, and more just communities.

Storytelling for Justice: Documentary, Semi-Documentary, and Fictional Media

We explore the creation of accurate representations of social issues in factual and fictional media; and the relative effectiveness of different media representation modes and types, to support and improve Partner Eagle Vision’s effectiveness as a media producer. Our objective in collaborating is to link the researcher and intern’s expertise in qualitative research with Eagle Vision’s media production knowledge and experience to inform our shared concerns for different forms of narratives in culture and their relation to the justice.

Social Innovation Language and Narratives in Edmonton, Alberta: An Intersectional Approach

This project seeks to build on existing research regarding the current challenges in social innovation work in Alberta, as articulated in Alberta Social Innovation (ABSI) Connect’s 2016 Report on the Future of Social Innovation.

To accomplish this, the intern will interview people in Edmonton who are from multiple marginalized identities (e.g.

COOL WORLD:Researching the intersections of community collaboration, technology, and social justice

This research project will examine the how digital networking technologies that use geo-targeted data can be used for social movement building. The project will analyze how grassroots community engagement can be optimized for online networks and digital technologies, and will engage with artists and activists who do this work, in a participatory relationship, in order to assess the viability of the technology, for social transformations.

Promoting Gender Equality through Social Innovation

From women-only taxi companies in New Delhi to smokeless stoves in Uganda, innovation can transform the lives of women and girls around the globe. While it is well known that social innovation and women’s empowerment are each processes that drive change, there is little research to date connecting social innovation to the empowerment of women and girls. This project will identify how social innovation connects to women’s empowerment through a partnership with MATCH International.

Show Me the Love:” Barriers to Sexual Intimacy Among Persons with HIV/AIDS

The diagnosis of HIV & AIDS complicates sexual activity. Physiological and psycho-social factors such as body image, fear of rejection, and stigma can lead to shame and isolation. The purpose of the present study is to gain a greater understanding of the range of barriers to sexual intimacy that persons living with HIV and AIDS (PHA’s) encounter, as well as the strategies this population may utilize when successfully forming new sexual relationships. A community-based research approach using qualitative analysis will be used.