Dustin Paisley has joined our team as the Social Innovation Animator at the Institute for Community Prosperity. In this role, reporting also to the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, he is working to develop a social innovation hub (co-working and incubation space).
Dustin is a recent graduate from Mount Royal University where he focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with a particular interest in Social Innovation. While in University, Dustin spent 3 years with Enactus Mount Royal where he worked on community development projects and learned how to use the positive power of business to change lives. Dustin is an advocate for social innovation and plays an active role in the greater social impact community.
Titled the We Are Not Them (WANT) Movement, the event, which runs from March 23 to 27, will feature a number of workshops and seminars educating students about the stark differences between the Islamic faith, and those who have taken it hostage under a banner of violence.
Events occurring as part of the WANT Movement include mobile quizzes on myths surrounding the Muslim community, alongside opportunities to view “peace screenings” featuring poetry and literature from prominent Muslim scholars and leaders.
While the physical aspect of WANT Movement will wrap up this Friday, organizers hope it continues to educate students continuously, as information being released through the program is also being posted online.
In designated Community Service Learning (CSL) courses, MRU students participate in structured volunteer opportunities where the needs of the organization are linked to their course learning. There are approximately 30 designated CSL courses at MRU and the number is growing.
Over the past 2 years, ADC has supported Victoria Calvert in her role as CSL Coordinator, to put necessary supports in place to build and document the CSL presence at MRU. Accomplishments in this area include:
- A citation for academic transcripts was created, in collaboration with Enrolment Services, which documents students’ participation in CSL courses.
- A process was implemented for designating courses that meet the CSL curricular criteria. Upon request, Victoria will consult with and advise faculty members on the development of CSL courses that meet the criteria for designation.
- MRU was awarded the bid to hold the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning (CACSL) Conference at MRU in May 2016.