Professor Idrisa Pandit was one of nine outstanding women in Waterloo Region who were honoured at a ceremony last week to recognize their contributions to the community. She was named winner in the Community Service category for being a "tireless educator, organizer and social justice worker with a strong commitment to empowering marginalized women. She has organized panel discussions and workshops on faith, diversity, environmental sustainability, mental and physical health, trauma, and creating safer families." Professor Pandit said she was surprised, honoured, and humbled by the award. "I was very grateful but felt a bit awkward as I do not like public attention. My community work is a passion and I believe in change through action and engagement, not just theory. I am aware of so many other wonderful and courageous women who do a lot and never get recognized. So this win for me is a win for all those silent workers who go unnoticed and unrecognized." (Read the whole story)
Professor Kristina Llewellyn has been invited to speak in a panel discussion that will be recorded for broadcast on BBC World Service’s “The Forum”. Moderated by BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall, this panel discussion will feature prominent international thinkers as they discuss and debate the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report that concluded that residential schooling was "cultural genocide." It will ask questions about the healing process between victims and aggressors, what role education has to play, how to examine reconciliation through a restorative lens, opening old wounds, scientific approaches to trauma, and the responsibility inherited by future generations. Professor Llewellyn will join the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair and Research Fellow in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital’s Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory Torsten Klengel. (See the event website to purchase tickets)
From September 26 to October 3, Renison's Confucius Institute held many events to honour Confucius Institute Day (Sept. 27). The week was a success, with the help from many people in the community, and included visiting scholars from China. It received media coverage from365NetTv and CCVoice.ca.
Renison is an official satellite IELTS testing location for Mohawk College. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a unique test designed to evaluate the language ability of candidates who would like to study or work where English is the required language for communication. The test will be offered through the Renison International Office (RIO).
Last Tuesday's President’s Athletic Honour Roll Reception recognized 171 varsity athletes who had an average exceeding 80% and a number of our Warrior Academic Leadership Community (WALC) members were on the list. They are:
Congratulations WALC members! Thank you for your amazing commitment and finding the time to make such a valuable contribution to our community.