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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


"Laurier's Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE) master's program is a completely unique program that successfully integrates the principles and theories of social justice with practical knowledge and experience working in the field with communities in need. This program gave me the opportunity to thoroughly and rigorously explore human rights issues on a macro and micro scale. The challenges presented by the program were surmountable thanks to the incredible support from the professors, who demonstrated a passion for mentoring students alongside their inspiring passion for social justice. They provided expert guidance as I developed the skills necessary to do effective, impactful social justice work. I acquired valuable research and theoretical knowledge as well as experiential competence thanks to the community placement portion of the program. Being able to add both impressive education and work experience sections to my résumé after the program has been a huge asset."

Colleen Connors, class of 2014

"This program is an amazing challenge. The courses helped broaden my mind by teaching me to see the bigger picture, and to give credit to the impact of individual action. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the program, and have come out of it feeling accomplished."

SJCE Graduate, class of 2014

"This programme has truly expanded my understanding of several essential social justice issues. Particularly through our theory and methods classes, the support of my advisor, and the wisdom of my classmates, this programme has proven to be an enriching experience."

SJCE Graduate, class of 2014

"What really drew me to this program was the uniqueness of it. The interdisciplinary nature of it makes it unlike any other in Canadian universities, and one that has real relevancy. The faculty were incredibly supportive in helping me develop my ideas, as were my colleagues in the program. My colleagues were helpful, not just for their suggestions, but also for what I learned from their own research projects. What the nine of us had was something very special, seeing ourselves as 'Social Justice Warriors' – each destined to do something important to create a better community, and a better world. Lofty ideas, for sure, but change doesn’t come without at least a kernel of idealism."

John Murnaghan, class of 2014

Contact Us:

James Cairns, Graduate Coordinator

E: jcairns@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5789

Celine Taillefer-Travers, Academic Program Assistant

E: ctravers@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5979

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