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Summer School 2019: When cultivating social transformation happens through what you put on your plate

April 23, 2019 - The Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation will hold its third Summer School on May 13 to 18.

Using the lens of the food system, this week-long intensive course (cross-listed as both undergraduate and graduate) will explore various pathways and orientations to social change and social innovation, as well as specific projects, collaborations and organizations seeking to “do food differently” in the Ottawa region. In putting this course together, Professor Wilson has drawn on her diverse experiences as a former farmer, food movement organizer, researcher and policy analyst.

What you absolutely cannot miss during this week:

Fieldtrip to Just Food Farm – a 150-acre farmstead in the Ottawa Greenbelt run by Just Food, a grassroots non-profit organization working towards vibrant, just and sustainable food systems. The farm is a hub for people and projects to come together to model and inspire small-scale, viable agriculture businesses and initiatives in the Ottawa region.

Talk and discussion with Gabriel Alladua – a former migrant farm worker and organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers, a grassroots migrant rights advocacy collective in southern Ontario. Wednesday, May 15, 7 to 9 p.m. – open to the public.

Fieldtrip to Market Mobile – a non-profit social enterprise that brings fresh, affordable and culturally appropriate foods to Ottawa neighbourhoods.

Talk and discussion with Leticia Deawuo, executive director of Black Creek Community Farm – an innovative community farm in Toronto that increases access to healthy food in the local community through programming and food distribution projects. Thursday, May 16, 7 to 9 p.m. – open to the public.

Check out the full schedule here.

Through the Summer School, students will

  • develop an understanding of the social and economic challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s food system
  • use key concepts to articulate the root causes of these social and economic issues
  • assess and evaluate different strategies and approaches to social change and social innovation, and
  • critically analyze and reflect on specific cases and examples of food system transformation in the Ottawa area.

“Attending summer school last year … facilitated my understanding of theoretical concepts and allowed me to develop critical thinking about social movements and social transformations in an intersectional perspective.” — Marie la Justice, 2018 Summer School student

At the end of this week-long intensive course, you will obtain three credits and, most importantly, a rich learning experience that will forever shape your vision of social innovation.

Are you interested? Don't wait any longer and register now to the Summer School!

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