Changemakers

at Royal Roads University

Real world problems, innovative solutions

Our Story

Royal Roads University is one of a kind. We attract students and faculty who are socially responsible, innovative, and appreciate the value of being, or becoming, global change agents. Royal Roads University wants to continue fostering our students and faculty to seek out opportunities for social innovation and change.

On this website, we will showcase the talent and initiative shown by students, faculty and staff in the area of Social Innovation. We will highlight the Changemakers who decide to work and study here at RRU, and we will show how the organizational culture at Royal Roads University not only fosters the ability to feel as though you are making a difference in the world—we highly encourage it.

Our Changemakers

At Royal Roads University, we are proud to host a variety of different changemakers. Here we highlight faculty and students who are making a difference in their communities at home and around the world.

Carol Vickers

Maria Anderson

Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst

Robert Mittelman photo

Robert Mittleman

Assistant Professor
Social Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Management

Jaigris Hodson

Assistant Professor and Program Head
Interdisciplinary Studies

Research

Royal Roads University guiding research principles revolve around three themes: innovative learning, thriving, organizations, and sustainable communities, livelihoods and the environment. Many of the students, alumni, and faculty conduct research aligned with these themes in their day to day activities, and within their organizations.

Some examples of social innovation research at Royal Roads include:

Brian Belcher

Brian is a Canadian Research Chair (CRC) whose work has set out to answer the question of whether researchers know whether their research makes a difference.

George Veletsianos

George is also a CRC, is dedicating his research to understanding the effect of technology on students and scholars. Dr. Veletsianos is a former Fulbright scholar whose goal is to “understand people’s experiences and practices, to understand and improve digital education in emerging environments, and through that to improve people’s experiences and learning”.

Catherine Etmanski

Catherine is a passionate advocate for social and environmental justice and is changing how we view leadership. Her research focuses on enquiring into teaching as a practice, with key areas of scholarship being: mindful, conscious leadership; arts-based research, teaching, and community engagement; and leadership and learning in the small scale organic farming movement.

Maria Anderson

Maria is a Doctor of Social Sciences candidate whose passion is to understand how leadership fosters collective thriving and innovation in Information Technology (IT) support departments. Due to disruptive and innovative change in the IT industry, the profession has become fragmented; many technology professionals are struggling to find their work meaningful and innovative. Maria’s doctoral research will focus on how IT departments thrive as a collective, supporting individuals to thrive?

In the Classroom

Our unique Learning and Teaching Model encourages students to go into their communities and apply their learning to solve real world problems. Students can take part in online-only, blended, and in-class programs, and each program encourages students to solve practical problems using what they’ve learned. Using cohort- and team-based learning encourages our students to work together to solve problems. And our interdisciplinary approach is key to solving big real-word challenges.

Royal Roads University Learning and Teaching Model

Resources

Royal Roads University guiding research principles revolve around three themes: innovative learning, thriving, organizations, and sustainable communities, livelihoods and the environment. Many of the students, alumni, and faculty conduct research aligned with these themes in their day to day activities, and within their organizations.

Mighty Bell is a social media environment that was created specifically for RRU changemakers and will soon be open to everyone! The goal is to get students, alumni, and faculty to start and participate in conversations and dialogue about social innovation initiatives or global issues that we can help research. It is an environment rich in, not only intellectual dialogue, but also real world practical discussions about how to start the conversation about social innovation and Changemaking within your organization.

Another great resource to familiarize yourself with Changemaking initiative at campus around the world is to visit the AshokaU website. Here you will find material on what it means to be designated as a Changemaker campus, as well as what the process entails and the benefits of this designation to Royal Roads University.

Keep in Touch

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