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Thu, Nov 24



CBRCanada Webinar and Discussion: Underclass Sisterhood of Solidarity: Radically Imagining Universities

Join CBRCanada to learn about a research project that re-imagines universities as inclusive to those whose lives are shaped by poverty

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CBRCanada Webinar and Discussion: Underclass Sisterhood of Solidarity: Radically Imagining Universities

Time & Location

Nov 24, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST


About the Event


This CBRCanada webinar and live discussion is part of our fall series: Celebrating Community-Based Research Excellence. In this series we will highlight examples of excellent Community-Based Research by spotlighting the previous winners and nominees of CBRCanada awards.

In this event, presenters will reflect on findings from the award-winning community-based research doctoral project titled "Pushing Privilege Pillars in Canadian Universities". The foundation of this project is based on the creation of a grassroots program that supports students whose lives are shaped by (generational) poverty in Canadian Universities. In this project, a group of women (The Underclass Sisterhood of Solidarity; USS) came together to address the wicked problem of limited access to higher education for poverty-class students, despite higher education being essential to mitigate poverty across generations. USS tackled the myth of the classless society and the taboo subject of social class within this community-based research project which culminated in the radical imagining of a social innovation model to demonstrate to Canadian universities how to fully support this oft-overlooked domestic population from trauma-informed, decolonial, and strength-based lenses

In this webinar, attendees will delve into dominant social class narratives, wade into the messiness of classism on the higher education landscape, explore the rich mosaic of diverse knowledge systems, and engage in radical community-based imagination to support poverty-class students in higher education. Join USS members as we collectively radically imagine Canadian universities as sites that are inclusive of those whose lives are shaped by poverty.

Live Discussion

Following the presentation, CBRCanada will facilitate a live discussion to explore implications for practice. Breakout groups will be facilitated by webinar presenters. The event will conclude with a large group report-back dialogue. The live discussion will not be recorded. CBRCanada will share an infographic highlighting key discussion themes following the event.

  • Elaine J Laberge, PhD. Founder & Director, Shoestring Initiative; LivEx Network Coordinator, Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab
  • Alexandra Ages, MA. Executive Director, Council of Alberta University Students
  • Charity Slobod, MA. Community Connect Lead & Professional Development Coordinator, Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta
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