Cultivating Talent: Pathways to Social Innovation for International Students (E/SI)

April 30, 2024 11:30 - 12:30 Glen Rm 206View map

Across Canada, there is rising awareness and funding for community benefit and social innovation organizations, especially those committed to creating and adopting practices and services that put people and the planet first. Despite the increased employment opportunities associated with the sector’s growth, international students face multiple barriers, such as limited eligibility and the need to address fundamental skill gaps. In this campfire session, participants will learn about the program pilot approach and fundamental skills training provided through the Institute for Equity and Advancement at Columbia College. Our approach enables adaptable program design and a community partnership-based approach to connecting international students with the community. Participants will then join an open format discussion where they can share experiences creating equitable pathways to careers in diverse sectors and reducing inequalities in the social purpose, social innovation, and community benefit sector in Canada to better support newcomer youths to take leadership roles advancing social innovation in Canada.

Stream: Embracing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

This stream will look at how institutions can ensure that equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are part of their operational plans and strategic priorities. With social justice on the minds of the students we serve and the staff we employ, embracing EDI practices is a key to organizational success. Sessions will focus on promising practices, lived experiences and growth opportunities when implementing EDI practices in post-secondary education.


Mark Friesen
Executive Director, Institute for Equity and Advancement | Columbia College
Ginny Chien
Student Development Manager | Columbia College

Code of Conduct & Duty of Care

As we begin holding events in person, the health and safety of all attendees remains our priority. Learn more about the extra steps in place to protect everyone attending our events in-person.