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RIELIF 18-19 Grant Recipients Announced

March 12, 2019
Photo by Edwin Luk,

From left to right: Actor Amir Ibrahim and Ryerson alumni and actor Tetsuyoshi "Alex" Aoki, performing in Crossing Borders, a play created in collaboration between Ryerson, London South Bank University and the University of South California. A project which received funding from RIELIF 2017-2018. 

We are pleased to announce the results of this year’s Ryerson International Experiential Learning Initiatives Fund (RIELIF). Five proposal submissions were selected to receive a grant of $10,000 to support the development and pilot of an international experiential learning opportunity for Ryerson students. The majority of the funding will be directed to students to support their participation in the pilot projects.

Thank you to all faculty who submitted project proposals and congratulations to this year’s recipients!

2018-2019 RIELIF Recipients:

Dr. Mark V. Campbell, external link, opens in new window  - Assistant Professor, RTA School of Media, FCAD
“Awakening Sankofa”

Mark will be piloting a 3-week intensive Artist residency during the Summer of 2019 in Ghana, West Africa whereby participants will collaborate with local artists, academics and historians on the research, development and production of a number of creative projects that will showcase an intimate socio-political insight into being African in the diaspora. The residency will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Ghana, The Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Center and the High Commission of Canada in Ghana. Participation will be encouraged by students from across the university who identify as of African descent with an interest in the history and politics of Africa and the diaspora.

Dr. Cheri L. Bradish - Chair, Marketing Management, TRSM
“Community-Based Innovative Sport Programming in Spain”
Barcelona, Spain

This pilot project will be available to students enrolled in the MKT Experiential Learning Research Course who will have the option to travel to Barcelona for a two week period in the Spring of 2019. Students will work on an industry strategic ‘challenge’ around community-based sport programming in partnership with LaLiga Business School and their Community Football Foundation. Students will have the opportunity to engage with key sport programming stakeholders including NGOs, sport organization managers, business leaders, and local community professionals working via a social innovation lens.

Dr. Lorena Escandon, external link, opens in new window - Assistant Professor, School of Creative Industries, FCAD
“Creative Industries trendwatching in UNESCO Creative Cities”
Stuttgart, Heidelberg, and Mannheim, Germany | Toronto and Montreal, Canada

This pilot project is being developed in collaboration with the Stuttgart Media University in Germany. Students from Ryerson will work alongside students from Stuttgart to evaluate and apply trendwatching techniques and tools to identify signals of future wants, needs and interests of the public and organizations in the creative industries and creative cities. The project will begin online, where students will first meet and start collaborating via a web conferencing tool. Students from Stuttgart Media University will arrive in Canada and travel with the Ryerson cohort to Toronto and Montreal (UNESCO Creative cities for media and design) for one week. This will be followed by a visit from Ryerson FCAD students to Germany to explore Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Mannheim (the latter two are recognized as UNESCO Creative cities for Literature and Music).

Dr. Margareth Zanchetta, Dr. Suzanne Fredericks - Daphne Cockweel School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services
Dr. Nick Bellissimo - School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services
Dr. Bryan Koivisto, Dr. Camila Londoño - Science Discovery Zone, Faculty of Science
“Exploring the prospective acceptance and buy-in of evidence-based innovation in Fortaleza, Brazil”
Fortaleza, Brazil

This pilot project is being developed in collaboration with the State of Ceará University, located in the northeast of Brazil. The objective of the project is to support knowledge transfer in relation to evidence-based innovation and citizen entrepreneurship as utilized in the course SCI 888 Evidence-based Innovation, offered by the Science Discovery Zone. Five students who are enrolled in or have completed SCI 888 will be provided with the opportunity to spend 8 weeks in Fortaleza working alongside local professors and students. The collaborative team will consult a broad range of local stakeholders in order to inform the development of a series of workshops in the region based on the methodologies of SCI 888 and the Science Discovery Zone more broadly. The intended period of travel is between June and August of 2019.

Dr. Peggy Shannon, external link, opens in new window - Chair and Professor, School of Performance, FCAD
“So Speaks the Land”
Perth, Australia

This pilot project is a collaborative, experiential research project that employs theatre practice to explore indigenous and racialized identity and immigration. Students, faculty and staff from the School of Performance at Ryerson and from the Aboriginal Performance Program and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University will be involved in the creation and execution of an original play based on the life stories of student participants. Students will have the opportunity to assist with all aspects of creative research: the writing and rehearsal process; the design and building of a dramatic play; involvement in post-performance talk-backs; and involvement in the world premiere performances in Toronto (June 2019) and in Perth (TBC 2019-2020).