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Engaging the City: Make a Lasting Impact on #HamOnt

photo (2)Since 2008, Margaret Secord and Sarah Glen, both instructors in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster, have been providing students with the opportunity to create a lasting impact on the Hamilton community.

The instructors have put together a course, HTH SCI 3DD3 “Engaging the City: An Introduction to Community-based Research,” that familiarizes students with the principles and theory of community-based participatory research.

The students who successfully complete the course are then able to move on to either a senior research project or a community-based thesis in partnership with a community organization.

Glen and Secord meet with community partners beforehand to determine their research needs, and students are then matched with the organizations to carryout that research.

Not only do the students engage in a learning opportunity where they can apply the research methods that they’ve studied, but they also get to witness the impact that their projects have on the Hamilton community.

While the course is limited to 20 seats, students from all faculties in level III or above are welcome and encouraged to apply for a spot. Contact Margaret Secord ( or Sarah Glen ( for more information about the admission process.

The two women have recently been recognized for all of their work in community-engaged learning as the first-ever recipients of the MSU Community Engagement Teaching Award, and Ingie Metwally had them both on the morningfile to talk about it. You can listen in by clicking on the sound clip below.


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