How can post-secondary institutions transform their internal practices and structures to more actively contribute to positive social change?

Key concepts

The post-secondary sector has an opportunity to complement their core social impact of teaching and research, by becoming more effective collaborators in addressing the challenges of their communities.

This project will identify what works, extract lessons learned, and explore the possibilities of adaptation to enhance post-secondary capacity to contribute to society. The search will focus on the following areas: 

  • Incentive structures for faculty that supports community-centered research and collaboration. 
  • Inclusive and equitable retention strategies for faculty, administration and governance.
  • Safe and healthy campuses for students and staff. 

While faculty and administration are our primary target group, research might also uncover innovations that have created collaborative, safe and healthy institutional cultures for students and staff alike. 


Ann Buller, Christine Trauttmansdorff, Danica Straith, Daniel Overall, Fiona Deller, Ilona Dougherty, James Stauch, Jodi Stonehouse, Joe Henry, Joy Johnson, Kelly Hodgins, Lindsay Carlton, Lory Hewson, Mary Wilson, Melody MacLean, Noa Aiken-Klar, Pamela Ouart-McNabb, Peter Milley, Phil Glennie, Stephanie Bertolo, Stephen Mooney and Suzie Addison-Toor.