St. FX University has announced the Coady Institute and StFX Extension will work to re-imagine
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and operationalize the school’s commitment to social justice and social responsibility.
A release from the university states the Coady will continue its international work while also focusing efforts closer to home and exploring new forms of collaboration.
Dr. June Webber, Vice President of Coady International Institute and the Extension Department, said the Coady undertook an institutional strategy that involved exercises to test “where we are in the world”. Through that work, she said they recognized the opportunity was there to bring the learnings and capacity of the local and the global efforts of the Coady and StFX Extension together.
The initiative they are currently designing is a learning environment certificate program for social enterprise that will engage both Canadians as well as global practitioners so they can talk to each other about what they are dealing with and how they can build.
Representatives from the Coady International Institute and Antigonish were recently at the United Nations in New York for a major conference. The annual gathering is organized by the the Commission on the Status of Women, a U-N organization that promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Lucille Harper of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre was part of the Canadian delegation at the main conference.
Eileen Alma of the Coady’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership was part of a parallel conference involving a number of non-governmental organizations, societies and associations and women’s groups. Alma says the Coady delegation included five Indigenous Women graduates of its leadership programs who were part of a panel.
Alma says an added bonus is they were able to connect with a number of Coady alumni who were in New York for the conference.
It’s a unique way to bring your idea for a business to life.
At an event at Desmond Hall at the Coady International Institute this weekend, you can share your idea with the potential of moving the concept forward. It’s called a Mash Up Weekend. It’s organized by Mash Up Lab of Bridgewater, a consulting firm that matches business ideas from rural communities with expert advice.
The Founder and CEO of Mash Up Lab Andrew Button says anyone can pitch an idea at the opening session Friday night.
Later on Saturday, Button says a judging panel will hear the pitches developed by the working groups. Button says the judges will then offer advice on next steps.
The mash up weekend is being organized in conjunction with the St. FX Extension Department. For more information on the mash up weekend go to mashupweekend.com.