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When University of Manitoba Faculty Association went on strike and hit the picket lines in 2016, the association raised issues about having a greater say over ever-increasing workloads, appropriate use of metrics in evaluation and job security. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

University and school strikes across Canada are about workers’ rights — and protecting education as a public good

Education strikes by university and public school workers are political fights about diminished respect for education as a public good and workers’ rights in an economy that perpetuates inequality.
University research has a legacy of doing harm to Indigenous communities. However, a new collaborative project is showing how research can be done in a better and inclusive way. (Shutterstock)

Collaborative Indigenous Research is a way to repair the legacy of harmful research practices

Harmful research practices have done serious damage to Indigenous communities and created distrust. The Collaborative Indigenous Research Digital Garden is one way to repair that damage.
The cost of assessment prevents some students, who self-identify as having a disability, from pursuing an assessment and diagnosis that would allow them to claim formal accommodations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

How accessibility for disabled university students can benefit all students

A survey of disabled students found that some university accommodations they value became more widespread in the pandemic, like flexible course deadlines.
Canada’s Latinx community is growing fast. That signals a greater need for Latinx studies at Canadian universities. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s Latin American community is growing, and universities must improve teaching about the region

As Latin American communities continue to grow, universities must teach students about Latin America and Latinx communities in interdisciplinary ways.
Universities must be the space where meaningful engagement with alternative ways of knowing and generating knowledge can take place. (Shutterstock)

To solve society’s challenges, universities must engage with alternative ways of knowing

Through the Scarborough Charter, many Canadian universities committed to fostering alternative ways of knowing. But more must be done to realize that commitment.
Overhauling approaches to student participation in university governance is one way universities can help revitalize the democracy we want. (Pexels/Yan Krukov)

Universities can foster more deliberative democracy — starting by empowering students

Universities should look to democratic innovations seen in society like ‘mini publics’ where citizens deliberate about critical issues in representative forums.
Do students’ views of people with different beliefs really change on campus? AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Evangelical college students often feel misunderstood – what helps boost understanding between students of all faiths?

College can be a time to interact with people with different worldviews, but meaningful exchanges often require intent.
Involving social sector organizations in students’ experiential learning allows students to develop important skills, and this can also serve as a community engagement and capacity-building strategy. (Pexels/Fauxels)

How social sciences and humanities programs can prepare students for employment

Internships and work-integrated learning for social sciences and humanities students can be part of how post-secondary institutions increase their capacities to contribute to social innovation.

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