Key Events 2019-20

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Research-related events at the Faculty of Social Sciences are a great tool to promote the work of our researchers. They also serve as an opportunity to share and discuss with interested stakeholders.

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Humanizing Migration: Rights, refuge and responsibilities

June 20, 2019

The bilingual “Humanizing Migration” Forum, was held at the University of Ottawa on World Refugee Day and will gathered together Canadian and international thought leaders from government, academia and civil society to humanize public debate on migration to Canada. Among them were the following guest speakers: the Hon. Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Ahmed Hussen, the Hon. Senator Ratna Omidvar, UNHCR Representative in Canada Jean-Nicolas Beuze, and Mustafa Alio, co-founder of the Network for Refugee Voices. The panel was moderated by the Refugee Hub's own Professor Jennifer Bond.

This event was organized by FSS’s GSPIA in collaboration with Carleton University, Université Saint Paul, Université du Québec en Outaouais, The Refugee Hub, Human Rights Research and Education Centre.

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June 18, 2019

Launched in 2018, the IMPACT initiative is a researcher-driven project that aims to create a new knowledge mobilization infrastructure at the University of Ottawa.  With the support of the Faculty of Social Sciences, a team of professors from multiple units across the Faculty issued a call for proposals to all Faculty members. From this initial call for proposals, 25 briefs were produced and posted online ahead of the 2019 federal election. More than 30 professors participated in the initial launch event, which welcomed nearly 100 guests.

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Mental Health of Black Communities in the NCR: The Effects of Societal Realities & Inter-Generational Trauma on the Mental Health of Black Canadians

February 13, 2020

The Vulnerability, Trauma, Resilience and Culture Research Laboratory (V-TRaC Lab), led by Professor Jude Mary Cénat, launched its research project on the mental health of Black communities in the National Capital Region. The event attracted more than 200 people, who came to hear keynote speaker Dr. Myrna Lashley of McGill University, as well as panelists Greg Fergus, MP for Hull-Aylmer, and Rawlson King, Ottawa's first Black city councillor elected in the Rideau-Rockliffe Ward.

This research project, launched at the University of Ottawa as part of Black History Month, aims to address current gaps in the provision of mental health services for members of the Black community and provide data that can support the development of the Anti-Racism Secretariat at the City of Ottawa.

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Inclusive Innovation: Perspectives and Practices

February 24, 2020

Innovation has delivered great social and economic benefits. But innovation has also been a key contributor to the global environmental and societal challenges we are currently facing. The Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) was delighted to host a workshop on inclusive innovation, featuring power talks from leaders in indigenous innovation and on inclusive innovation practices, and contribute to the development of a Canadian-led research agenda on inclusive innovation.

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Arab Diaspora Conference 2020: Reclaiming the Public Narrative, Voices of the Middle East

February 24, 2020

This unique conference, organized by the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa and Carleton University in partnership with the Zajel Institute for Justice and Liberty, and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) brought together around 30 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) human rights and democracy defenders an opportunity for the mutual sharing of knowledge, visions and ideas. Panels included participants from the public sector, academia, civil society and activist communities in Canada and covered topics such as the political and human rights in the Middle East, socio-political mobilization initiatives and community organizing, the  role of the Arab diaspora in their homelands and new country, professionalization of political and human rights information collection and knowledge production, and future projections for the MENA region.

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