LONDON, ON – With London’s post-secondary institutions moving many courses online for the upcoming fall semester, and potentially the entire school year, COVID-19 is changing the student experience in unprecedented ways. CityStudio London enables students to remain engaged with the London community, even as many will be studying from their hometowns.
CityStudio London works with city staff and post-secondary school faculty to create and integrate city projects into the faculty’s course curriculum. Each project directly relates to a priority outlined in the City of London’s Strategic Plan. Led by their professors, students work together to research, design, evaluate and share ideas for city staff consideration. Over the summer, the CityStudio partner institutions have been hard at work adapting year two of our community engaged learning projects for the virtual world.
Students at our partner schools can now register for CityStudio courses that enable them to work together on prototyping solutions to London’s most pressing issues. This year, students participating in CityStudio London will be tasked with responding to issues like economic development, housing, equity, civic engagement, health, waste, water, climate change - and now COVID-19 recovery - as part of their coursework.
“True to CityStudio’s vision of students learning through making their world a better place, almost all of this year’s projects address the current reality of responding to COVID-19. While students may not be on campus for the full year, they will still be able to engage with the London community in very tangible and meaningful ways,” says Mischa Schlemmer, Manager of CityStudio London, Pillar Nonprofit Network.
Thank you to our Catalyst Founder Brescia University College and our Champion Founders, Fanshawe College, Huron University College, King's University College, Western University , City of London, and Pillar Nonprofit Network with support from RBC Future Launch.
About CityStudio London: City Studio is a program of Pillar Nonprofit Network in collaboration with the City of London, Western University, Fanshawe College, King's University College, Huron University College and Brescia University College. CityStudio is a proven model of experiential education and civic engagement – pioneered in Vancouver since 2011 and adapted around the world– that is helping to develop tomorrow’s leaders by turning the city into the classroom. For more information, please visit CityStudioLondon.ca follow us @CityStudioLdn on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Pillar Nonprofit Network: Pillar Nonprofit Network strengthens individuals, organizations and enterprises invested in positive community impact. We support more than 610 nonprofits, social enterprises and social innovators by sharing resources, exchanging knowledge and creating meaningful connections across the three pillars of nonprofit, business and government. Pillar Nonprofit Network believes that a connected network sparks collaboration and a willingness to lean on each other to help build an engaged, inclusive and vibrant community. For more information, please visit www.pillarnonprofit.ca