Strategic Plan Progress Report Fall 2020


The College strategic plan, first implemented in 2016, has been the guiding force behind the decisions and projects established within the College. Throughout the 2019/2020 year, significant progress has been made in reaching the goals set forth in the plan.

Many projects already under way have been completed and new projects inline with strategic priorities and which build on previous successes are being planned or have begun.

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"It is important that we actively confront systemic problems and pursue justice for all. As a College we are trying to learn from the events of this year and introduce change that does just that."
— Byron Sheldrick, Acting Dean, CSAHS

  1. New and innovative academic programs that address areas of need and that build on expertise within the College were developed. These are the new Justice and Legal Studies program – which also has a co-op option, a certificate in Indigenous Environmental Governance, and the Master of Conservation Leadership program. New co-op programs in geography, environmental governance, anthropology, and criminal justice and public policy have also been added.
  2. The Canada India Research Centre for Learning and Engagement, which builds on our research expertise and numerous connections with India, was launched. The Centre has already held a series of successful events.
  3. The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) had a banner year with the creation of 48 new partnerships and the support of 1715 students through community engaged learning opportunities. CESI also supported seven successful grant applications.
  4. CSAHS performed exceptionally well this year with successful tri-agency operating and strategic grants valued at over $7 million in total. Researchers from CSAHS were also awarded funding from the University's COVID-19 Research Development & Catalyst fund to pursue COVID-19 related research projects.
  5. The College added nine new funds to support students, totaling $145,000, including two new bursaries for incoming students; one for a student who identifies as Indigenous and another for a student who identifies as Black – supporting our focus on equity, diversity and inclusion within CSAHS.
  6. The Interdisciplinary Hub continued to be a valuable resource. The physical space was used for a number of events, including the launch of a new Criminal Justice and Public Policy lecture series. This year, the Hub has switched to hosting events virtually.

  • Nokom's House – an Indigenous land-based lab promoting truth, reconciliation and decolonization – is being developed.
  • The College is looking to increase support for the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities through new scholarships and bursaries at the undergraduate and graduate levels, a research fund to support graduate student research and a curriculum development fund to support the development of new courses related to diversity, inclusion and equity. The College, in collaboration with the College of Arts, is exploring a new student-led graduate mentorship program for Black and Indigenous students.
  • Departments and units are also being encouraged to pursue their own equity, diversity, inclusion & Indigeneity (EDII) initiatives, such as the new graduate student research grants that will fund research activities that support, enhance and address the complexities of equity and inclusion in social and natural sciences.
  • New interdisciplinary programs are being developed in partnership with the College of Arts. These are a new Black Studies minor and a Gender and Sexuality major.

In collaboration with partners across the College, University and beyond, we will continue to establish objectives for projects, provide routine updates to faculty and staff, gather community feedback and provide essential support in the pursuit of the College mission and vision.

Through the Dean's Council and community consultation, the College aims to maintain an inclusive approach to strategic implementation, working with stakeholders across the institution and the greater Guelph community. The aim is to make the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences a model for building consensus and fostering strategic change. We look forward to your feedback and insights as we continue on this journey together.

For further information, to provide feedback on our initiatives or to find out how you can be a part, please contact:

College of Social & Applied Human Sciences – Dean's Office
University of Guelph, Macdonald Institute
50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1
Tel: 519-824-4120, ext. 56753 | Fax: 519-766-4797