The Change Project

The Change Project is a collaboration between our Centre, the Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG), the Centre for Women and Trans People*, The UW Women's Centre, the Diversity & Equity Office at Laurier, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Waterloo. Funding for the project has been provided by Status of Women Canada. The Project relies heavily on the involvement and leadership of students who were instrumental in initiating the project and who are involved in the activities of the project.

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The Change Project - News Release in partnership with Laurier
The Change Project - Community Report
The Change Project - Summary of Recommendations
The Change Project - Final Report for Laurier

The Purpose of The Change Project is to work towards ending gendered violence on campus through transforming the institutional and cultural climate of the universities and community. The project aims to:

  • Engage stakeholders as participants to encourage multiple stakeholders perspectives and to facilitate relationship-building within and between the two universities and the community;
  • Identify the nature and extent of the problem;
  • Assess institutional responses and prevention efforts and discern gaps/needs to address the problem; 
  • Develop evidence-informed recommendations for institutional and community-level changes to prevent future gender-based violence against students and better respond to and support those who have experienced, or who are experiencing gendered-based violence;
  • Develop and implement education, prevention and action initiatives based on identified needs, assets, and promising practices.