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On April 18, the Students’ Union honoured 39 faculty members, instructors, and teaching assistants for their commitment to student success, at its annual Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony. The SU’s campus-wide recognition program gives undergraduate students the chance to weigh in on which instructors and teaching assistants have made a lasting, positive impression in the classroom over the past year. All nominees and winners are determined entirely based on student feedback.

Law and Society student Ira Adam wins a PURE award for research on rehabilitation and social inclusion in Canada

Congratulations to Law and Society student Ira Adam, who has won a Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) award for 2018. 

Working with Dr. Ted McCoy, Ira will undertake a project called “Rehabilitation and Social Inclusion in Early Modern Canada.” This work is Ira’s first steps toward an investigation into the history of rehabilitation and the multiple ways it worked toward social inclusion. The project will bring together the histories of disability, criminal justice parole, and hospitals and mental asylums between the years 1880-1920. 

Dr. Abdie Kazemipur receives The 2018 National Metropolis Researcher Award

The Canadian National Metropolis Project – a network of Canadian scholars, policy-makers, and NGOs that work on the issue of immigration and immigrant integration in Canada – has selected Dr. Abdie Kazemipur as the recipient of the 2018 Metropolis Researcher Award. Dr. Kazemipur is Professor of sociology and Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Calgary. 

The Metropolis Award was in recognition of Dr. Kazemipur’s extensive contributions to the field of immigration research and policy-making in Canada for the past 20 years. Due to these contributions, he was appointed, in 2012, as the Stephen Jarislowsky Research Chair in Culture Change and Immigration at Memorial University; a position whose mandate was to conduct academic research, educate the public, and inform policy-makers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on issues related to the integration of immigrants and the management of cultural diversity. As of 2017, he has been serving as the Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Calgary. He is currently one of 12 co-investigators on a Canada-wide SSHRC Partnership Grant and the Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition.

 

In the relatively short time since his first academic position in 2000, Dr. Kazemipur has published 8 books (plus one more in-progress), 28 refereed articles, 3 book chapters, and has made many presentations at professional and community meetings, among other things. These works have been very influential in the field. The findings of his 1st book, The New Poverty in Canada: Ethnic Groups and Ghetto Neighbourhoods (2000), for instance, found their way to the headlines in several Canadian newspapers – The Globe and Mail, LaPresse, and The Toronto Star – and was also adopted as a standard text in several sociology courses across the country. His 7th book, The Muslim Question in Canada: A Story of Segmented Integration (2014, UBC Press), received the 2015 prestigious John Porter Award by Canadian Sociological Association. In addition to these academic contributions, Dr. Kazemipur has also engaged extensively in public, media, and policy debates, as well as in the international research on various issues related to immigration in Canada. Interviews with, and coverage of his works, could be found in Lethbridge Herald, Vancouver Sun, National Post, Calgary radio station CHQR770, Global TV, and Russia Today TV). He is also involved in research on socio-cultural trends in the Middle-East, and has served as the founding academic director of two Statistics Canada Research Data Centres (in Lethbridge and Memorial).

The Canadian National Metropolis Project – a network of Canadian scholars, policy-makers, and NGOs that work on the issue of immigration and immigrant integration in Canada – has selected Dr. Abdie Kazemipur as the recipient of the 2018 Metropolis Researcher Award. Dr. Kazemipur is Professor of sociology and Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Calgary.

On March 29th 2018, students enrolled in Sociology of Homelessness (SOCI 401.44) once again presented the results of their semester-long research in MacEwan Hall to the University of Calgary community. In their research, students explored a variety of topics, for example:

  • public, political and academic discourses of homelessness
  • the impact of colonialism and intergenerational trauma on Indigenous people’s experiences of homelessness
  • social factors that put first generation immigrants, especially visible minorities, at risk of experiencing homelessness
  • homelessness as a gendered experience
  • causes and consequences of youth homelessness
  • the experiences of LGBTQ2+ youth experiencing homelessness
  • parenting while homeless
  • the impact of homelessness on children’s educational outcomes
  • the intersection of health/mental health challenges and homelessness
  • the criminalization of homelessness and harm reduction approaches, and
  • efforts to end homelessness, including the Housing First approach.

The goal of the poster event was to raise awareness for the causes and consequences of homelessness in Canada, and to present potential solutions. In conjunction with the poster event, Era Rana and Hannan Sobh organized a fundraiser, collecting socks and underwear as well as over $300 in cash, which will be donated to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary. In addition, Brittany Carlyon collecting menstrual products which will be donated to Alpha House Society.

The event was made possible by the hard work and dedication of students enrolled in the course. We would like to thank the Department of Sociology, the Sociology Student Association, and The Mustard Seed UofC chapter for their support in organizing and facilitating the event.

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