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Mobilizing Graduate Scholarship for Social Change

Dr. Melanie Panitch and six students sitting around a table for social innovation seminar.

The Office of Social Innovation in partnership with the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, opens in new window has announced a new seminar series in social innovation (SI): “Mobilizing Graduate Scholarship for Social Change.”

While SI is a phrase that has been used to name a number of things, in this seminar series we understand SI to hold a commitment to social justice and social change. That means recognizing how social problems are rooted in institutionalized values and ideas, practices and structures, entrenched advantage and disadvantage. Social change can happen at many levels, by engaged individuals, groups, organizations and communities, or through changes in beliefs, practices, policies and laws. What is fundamental to achieving change at every one of these levels is the compelling need for a good scholarship.


What is Social Innovation? With Dr. Melanie Panitch

This introductory was hosted by Dr. Melanie Panitch, Executive Director, Office of Social Innovation.

Date:  Friday, September 27, 2019

Ryerson's University Library Collaboratory: Incubating Interdisciplinary Scholarship

This seminar was hosted by Fangmin Wang, MLIS, Head, Library Information Technology Services, with colleagues/members of the Collaboratory.

Date:  Friday, October 25, 2019 

Exploring the Arts for Social Transformation with Dr. Ken Moffatt

This seminar was hosted by Dr. Ken Moffatt, Jack Layton Chair and Professor, School of Social Work.

Date: Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Doing Innovation Where You Don't Belong: Social Innovation for Social Justice in NYC with Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi

This seminar was hosted by Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi, John C. Eaton Chair in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Faculty of Community Services and Director, School of Child and Youth Care

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020