Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dr. Doug Cowan Honoured with University of Waterloo Research Award

Doug Cowan at podium accepting award

Yesterday, on April 24, 2019, the annual Arts Awards for Service, Teaching and Research were presented to faculty, staff and students who have made exceptional contributions the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. This year, Renison’s own Dr. Doug Cowan was recognized with an Arts Award for Excellence in Research.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Study finds more than half of university students feel they need better basic skills to succeed – including those in Waterloo

After surveying over 2000 post-secondary students, researchers from four Canadian universities found that more than half of the students feel that they lack competence in the basic skills needed to succeed at university. Areas of perceived deficiency included writing, test taking, analysis, time and group management, research, presentation and numeracy skills.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

New Study Finds Celebrity Fat-Shaming Harmful to Overall Population’s Body Image

A newly published study from McGill University has found that celebrity fat shaming has a significant impact on the wider population’s view of weight. The study suggests that instances where a celebrity has been the subject of fat-shaming in the media, have far-reaching impact and negatively affect the way that women in the wider population view their own bodies, causing an increase in negative implicit bias against certain body types.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Op-Ed: Quebec’s controversial secularism bill creates and reinforces division

by Dr. Laura Morlock, originally published in The Waterloo Record (April 5, 2019)

There have been four consecutive proposals by Quebec political parties to ban religious symbols in public, but the Coalition Avenir government’s invocation of the notwithstanding clause sets Bill 21 apart, allowing the bill to override Charter rights of religious freedom and expression for five years. It is also broader in its scope, affecting more careers and services than previous legislative attempts, including any jobs the government deems to represent public authority, including Crown prosecutors, judges, teachers, and even wildlife conservation officers.

Friday, March 22, 2019

International funding opportunity

2019 Visiting Program for Young Sinologists - Deadline March 31, 2019


Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Making a difference with the Jacob Hillerby Memorial Bursary

Jacob Hillerby with his mother, father and sister.

Photo: Jacqui and Richard Hillerby with Jacob and his sister, Robin. 

Originally published in The Kincardine Record. Read the original HERE.  

To the Editor:

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Reconciliation instructor featured on CBC KW

Kelly Laurila in the radio station at CBC

Kelly Laurila, instructor of Reconciliation: Discussions and Implications of Settler Peoples in Canada, was featured on CBC KW's Morning Edition last Wednesday, March 13. In addition to her insights about what reconciliation means, she offers a glimpse into what the course will be like for students.  

Friday, March 15, 2019

Op-ed: arguments in autism debate in Ontario have missed the mark.

Originally published in The Record, March 15, 2019:

Arguments in autism debate in Ontario have missed the mark

By Margaret Gibson (professor of social work and social development studies at Renison University College)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Renison Associate Professor Trish Van Katwyk empowers young people to explore resilience through collaborative art making

In a project that is described by a group leader as “empowering,” Renison Associate Professor Trish Van Katwyk recently published a study that explores the way that youth see themselves in the term ‘resilience.’ “Resilience Beyond Risk: Youth Re-defining Resilience Through Collective Art-Making,” used art-making and conversation to explore the ways in which labels that are often applied to young people are understood by young people themselves.

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