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Faculty members recruited from around the globe contribute to world-class scholarship and creative practice by crossing the boundaries of disciplines and methodologies. Forging national and international research synergies and partnerships, the Faculty of Arts is at the frontier of innovation in the humanities and social sciences. Faculty members also extend teaching, research and service into our vibrant local community by fostering connections to the many diverse cultures of Toronto.
As Canada’s most urban university, Ryerson new Research Centre for Immigration and Settlement builds on impressive research and practical strength across the University on issues such as international migration, integration, diaspora and refugee studies. The Centre’s mission is to advance policy-related research and scholarship in immigration and settlement studies and integrate theory with social practice by helping governments, community-based organizations, health-care facilities and businesses grapple
with the new ethno-cultural realities of Canadian life while informing policy in urban development, labour market integration, and equitable access to health services and education.
The Centre for Indigenous Governance conducts research on governance and sustainable development, creates internship and research assistance opportunities for young Aboriginal students interested in public administration and governance, engages in projects designed to increase the intake and retention of Aboriginal students in post-secondary education, builds a network of expertise in Indigenous governance issues, and facilitates the creation of new educational partnerships with other Aboriginal organizations.
The Jack Layton Chair honours the memory and work of Jack Layton, who taught Politics at Ryerson in the 1970s. The Chair engages in a variety of activities in keeping with Jack Layton's wide-ranging interests and commitments such as: environmental sustainability, homelessness, homophobia, livable cities, male violence against women, labour rights, youth engagement, public health and inclusive democracy and partners with compatible research and advocacy organizations to undertake political capacity building among communities typically marginalized in political processes.
The Chair also convenes an annual Jack Layton lecture featuring a high profile speaker.
The Ryerson Institute for Stress and Wellbeing Research recognizes the cumulative impact of stress as the crux of a new integrative methodology in studying stress and examine stress across the entire human lifespan, from infancy through adulthood into old age. The Institute's unique focus on integration offers a significant shift in perspective which will enable us for the first time to address the little known interrelations among subjective, endocrinological, neural, autonomic and cognitive-behavioural stress factors.
The Refugee Writer in Residence project advances arts and literature-focused social justice while providing students and the Ryerson community with direct exposure to a writer who has suffered and survived the suppression of free expression in his or her home country. The writer will be provided with a four-week long residency in the Dept of English and will give public readings and lectures and visit undergraduate and graduate classes in various programmes across the Faculty of Arts.
The CDH Modulab is envisioned as a space were faculty and students can incubate new digital humanities ideas, experiment, learn new skills, develop projects, and build digital humanities capacity and community at Ryerson and in its local community. The CDH lab space can be used both by individuals and groups to work on projects and conduct meetings, workshops, jams, camps, lectures, symposia, and so on.