Community engagement and social innovation
SSU will be orienting its programs more intentionally and directly towards community engagement and social innovation. Through our unique world travel program we’ve always had a ‘global classroom’, but we now want to incorporate local community immersion as well. Students will learn first-hand about the needs of real people living in our local community, while serving them.
This hands-on experience will inform and extend their classroom learning, bridging the gap between theory and practice. As students begin to understand the complexities of real life issues, we hope that the community itself becomes the ‘incubator’ in which social innovation and creative problem-solving emerge. We will partner with existing community organisations, helping to increase their capacity. In a tangible step towards this vision, the university has been given the opportunity to develop a community centre that will house several non-profit organisations wishing to offer services to local residents.
As SSU serves rural New Brunswick in this way, we hope to further contribute to the transformation of our local community. At the same time, we hope to inspire the inner transformation of our students into passionate, hopeful changemakers, ready to engage with their communities, wherever they find themselves.