Challenging students to create community-specific solutions
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Presenting project recommendations to city staff and councillors isn’t a requirement of most university courses. But Wilfrid Laurier University course Social Innovation in the City (SE330) isn’t like other courses.

The course, at the core of the CityStudio initiative at Laurier’s Waterloo campus, allows students to work with city staff on municipal projects while earning academic credit. Throughout the course, students learn theoretical frameworks and innovative techniques being used to address social and community challenges around the world.

John Abraham, assistant professor and CityStudio Waterloo faculty liaison, says Social Innovation in the City is a course that offers students an opportunity to contribute innovative and impactful solutions to the city they live in.

“By working closely with staff at the City of Waterloo, Laurier students learn about the community in order to propose ideas that may well end up shaping the future of the city,” says Abraham. “They are also honing their research, consultation and communication skills throughout CityStudio course experience.”

To learn more, visit Wilfrid Laurier University.

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