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Ryerson University joins as a new CBRCanada member

  1. What made Ryerson University interested in signing up for CBRCanada membership?

As a globally connected city university, we believe that inclusive and collaborative approaches are essential to great research, advance transformative knowledge and serve societal needs. Ryerson is committed to cooperation and partnerships with diverse communities, industry, stakeholders and government. CBR Canada

is an organization which shares our commitment to community engagement and knowledge translation that go towards improving the quality of life for the world’s citizens. Our scholarly, research and creative (SRC) engagement is strengthened by a willingness to cross disciplinary boundaries, break down barriers, build alliances and take risks to advance inquiry, discovery, knowledge and creative works. Joining the CBRCanada network will expand our local, regional, national and global engagement with community-based organizations and foster the cross-fertilization of research.

Ryerson has a tradition of respecting different forms of community-based research, and is mindful that a variety of research methods can lead to better understanding and the co-creation of knowledge with partners. Incubating local, national and international networks and communities of practice, Ryerson researchers are

generating and applying knowledge across a broad range of disciplines, fields and professions, and private, public and non-profit sectors. This approach allows for the clustering and growth of SRC activities towards enhanced partnerships and opportunities for researchers and students.

2. What are some examples of community-based research initiatives happening at Ryerson?

Examining how the expertise of those with lived experience is resourced, valued or exploited in the pursuit of healthy, equitable city-building

Dr. Sara Edge

This project aims to identify the positive and negative impacts experienced by individuals who provide expertise, services and labour as peer workers, and examines whether and how different organizations are recognizing, compensating and supporting the labour and knowledge contributions of peer workers and

associated challenges and opportunities.

Prisoners’ Right to Wellbeing: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Jessica Evans

This initiative is supported by a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant and is a collaboration with the Prisoner HIV/AIDS Action Support Network. It examines how efforts to manage COVID-19 in Ontario provincial jails and federal prisons impacted the rights of prisoners. This research is being conducted with, and informed by,

the expertise of former prisoners and community service providers working with criminalized community members.

Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Indigenous Tourism

Dr. Sonya Graci

The purpose of the study is to analyze and synthesize literature on social innovation and social entrepreneurship with a particular focus on Indigenous tourism. The study will be conducted using a multi-method approach consisting of a literature review, content analysis, key informant interviews and interviews with best practice case studies of Indigenous peoples practicing social innovation in tourism.

Social distancing challenges faced by immigrants and refugees living in apartment buildings: Focusing on effective strategies

Dr. Sepali Guruge, Dr. Souraya Sidani, Dr. Charlotte Lee

The goals of this study are to understand the challenges faced by immigrants and refugees living in apartments in Toronto in light of social distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study also aims to generate strategies to help support these groups of immigrants and refugees in maintaining social distancing and mitigating the acquisition of the virus.

“Don’t leave me behind” Advancing Indigenous peoples with university education: A stakeholders’ perspective

Dr. Mary Han

Canada is a multicultural and advanced society but its Indigenous peoples lag behind the rest of the population. Research on Indigenous peoples has studied gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, but less attention has focused on what caused the gap. Specifically, what are the barriers and inhibitors to Indigenous peoples achieving a university education? This research may contribute to the literature in Indigenous-related studies and stakeholders’ perspectives. Moreover, it is expected to advance practices and policies for government and universities to increase Indigenous participation in university education, amongst others.

Creating a Home for Our Youth

Dr. Shelagh McCartney and Nicole Ineese-Nash

Creating a Home for Our Youth focuses on understanding youth housing needs using a systems approach. Through partnership, this project looks to approach housing for First Nations youth in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory holistically, understanding current experiences, mapping and evaluating systems and programs, and visioning alternatives. Using an interactive and iterative process, disjunctures will be revealed where the existing housing system fails to provide or improve housing situations. Learnings will then be used to guide the co-creation of an alternative system rooted in youth goals and priorities.

Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada: Discovering Strengths and Building Capacity

Dr. John Shields

This SSHRC-funded Partnership initiative has been investigating how to improve settlement outcomes by identifying resilient migrants; examining how social institutions influence resilience, the capacity to respond constructively and enhance well-being in the face of economic, political, social and cultural challenges; and piloting strategies that facilitate the efforts of social institutions to promote resilience. Investigators have been engaging in comparative analyses of resilience among migrants settling in two of Canada’s major immigration gateways (Toronto and Montreal); large and small municipalities in Ontario and Quebec; and central and suburban locations in the Toronto census metropolitan area. With the advent of COVID-19, the project has also been researching the impact of the pandemic on migrant populations and exploring the importance of social resilience to recovery.

Story-Sharing for Sexual Health Among South Asian Women

Dr. Josephine Wong

The Story-Sharing for Sexual Health Study is a community-campus partnership (Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention and Ryerson University). This study aims to generate knowledge on developing innovative, culturally relevant, accessible and effective models of sexual health promotion and HIV prevention among South Asian women. Knowledge generated from the study will be used to inform the development of culturally relevant and inclusive programming in sexual health promotion and HIV prevention. Research findings will also serve to fill existing gaps in knowledge about sexual health among South Asian diaspora and will offer data that our partners may use to facilitate a coordinated effort in responding to HIV/AIDS.

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