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SHIFT is proud to support the transformative work of the following projects from our first call for proposals for the SHIFT Funding and Support Program


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Concordia Walls to Bridges Program

A team of faculty members and graduate students, with strong ties to Montreal-based Indigenous community organisations and the prison abolition movement, will host a training led by formerly incarcerated leaders from the successful Walls to Bridges program. They plan to establish a similar program at Concordia, offering university courses to mixed groups of incarcerated and non-incarcerated students.

SHIFT LOVES: Relationship building for reciprocity and knowledge sharing

Investing in long-term partnership development with the communities most negatively affected by the prison system, to enable program design and direction to be guided by their leadership.

Funding Stream
Develop your idea

Funding Amount
$5,000


Creative Arts Therapy Training Clinic

The Creative Arts Therapy Training Clinic will work in partnership with the Student Wellness Centre to build a more robust and accessible mental health support ecosystem at Concordia that’s open to the community and serves as a practicum site for graduate students to apply their learning.

SHIFT LOVES: Innovative partnerships in teaching and learning for social impact

Leveraging interdepartmental collaborations to offer experiential learning opportunities for Concordia students, while improving access to mental health resources for our students and community.

Funding Stream
Develop your idea

Funding Amount
$5,000

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The Decolonial Perspectives and Practiseces Hub

The Decolonial Perspectives and Practices Hub

The DPP Hub will continue to host collaborative learning events at Concordia with the goal of transforming racist, heteronormative and colonial biases in higher education by celebrating and promoting the contributions of QTBIPOC communities (Queer, Trans*, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour).

SHIFT LOVES: Concordia “intrapreneurship,” leading change from within

QTBIPOC Concordia students and faculty members leading the process of building the momentum, skills and networks required to create long-term systemic change within their own institution.

Funding Stream
Pilot or evaluate your project

Funding Amount
$4,300


The evolution of Li-Ber-T House

Li-Ber-T house is working with Concordia faculty member Dr. Felice Yuen and graduate student Beatriz Hoffmann-Kuhnt to advance their plans of offering transitional housing to women exiting addiction rehabilitation or incarceration facilities. By offering supportive services, skills training and experiences of social inclusion, they hope to increase the likelihood of successful transitions to healthy and safe futures for marginalised women.

SHIFT LOVES: Projects led by lived expertise, propelled by research

A project led by someone who has successfully transitioned out of the criminal justice system and addiction rehabilitation will be supported by university-based expertise in best practices for successful post-rehabilitation and post-incarceration transitions.

Funding Stream
Develop your idea

Funding Amount
$7,000

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Photo by Jurrien Huggins on Unsplash

Healing Through Generations

The Community University Research Exchange (CURE), Racines Bookstore and Concordia’s Stronger than Stigma group are collaborating to expand and promote an online database of racialised mental health professionals, to support racialised students and community members in accessing mental health services adapted to their needs and experiences.

SHIFT LOVES: Multi-stakeholder collaborations to scale up potential impact

Concordia students, a fee-levy group and a community-based small business working together to address a community-identified need at the intersection of systemic racism and mental health

Funding Stream
Sustain or scale your impact

Funding Amount
$10,000


A toolkit for optimizing intervention  

Based on a nearly 20 year history of providing services to immigrant women and families experiencing conjugal violence, the Amal Centre for Women will work with Dr. Rosemary Reilly to develop a toolkit on providing culturally-sensitive services to vulnerable clientele, and share it with partners across the city.

SHIFT LOVES: Leveraging front-line service expertise for systems change

Sharing best practices developed through a project for Muslim women, by Muslim women, with the goal of reducing the impacts of xenophobia and racism experienced in institutions and public services.

Funding Stream
Pilot or evaluate your project

Funding Amount
$4,815

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Waste Not Want Not

After having successfully increased composting habits at Concordia through education and infrastructure improvements, the Waste Not Want Not team is taking their first steps towards spreading their model to other public and private institutions across Montreal.

SHIFT LOVES: Championing internal innovation success stories off-campus

Supporting a successful Concordia-based sustainability project to scale their impact on waste management from institution-wide to city-wide.

Funding Stream
Develop your idea

Funding Amount
$4,000


Thank You to our Jury Members!

Will Prosper, Julie Hamel, Geneviève Sioui and Nadia Bhuiyan pictured below, accompanied by Jury chair Téo L. Blackburn and SHIFT Program advisor Rose-Anne St. Paul

 

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