VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

arc: A Centre for Art, Research & Community

arc

arc: A Centre for Art, Research & Community

is dedicated to youth-led community-engaged action research that disseminates knowledge through the arts.

Relationship building is the core to community-engaged research.

Staff

Director: Dr Amanda Wager,

Canada Research Chair in Community-Engaged Research

Research Centre Coordinator: Becky Thiessen, MCP

About Us

Dr. Amanda Wager and her interdisciplinary research constellation team is composed of graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of Education, Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies, Community Planning and Global Studies.

Research Constellation

Our community-engaged research collaboration has consisted of many diverse voices:

★      Dr. Tehmina Khwaja: Post Doctoral Fellow, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

★      Chelsea Thomas: Doctoral Candidate, Education, University of Victoria 

★      Noreen McHale: Graduate Student, Education

★      Adriana Flores Elias: Graduate Student, Education

★      Melissa Lyon: Graduate Student, Education

★      Cuong Nguyen: Graduate Student, Education

★      Rane Love: Undergraduate Student, Education

★      Shelby Brown: Graduate Student, Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies

★      Fred Speck: Undergraduate Student, Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies

★      Laura Clark: Graduate Student, Community Planning

★      Alex Harte: Graduate Student, Community Planning

★      Hossam AbouAli: Undergraduate Student, Global Studies

 

As relationship building is the core to community-engaged research, Dr. Wager and her research team initiated the important work of becoming familiar with the VIU community and developing relationships with local young people. The arc collaborates with like-minded community groups and organizations ranging from Nanaimo to the Comox Valley. In addition to local community building, the arc works with community-engaged researchers at Simon Fraser, Emily Carr and Thompson Rivers Universities. A community of practice has also developed surrounding the topic of equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education across Canada.

Recent Projects

Youth Language Warriors: Reclaiming Hul'qumi'num through Intergenerational Relationships and the Arts

Principal Investigator: Dr. Amanda Claudia Wager, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Partnerships: Tsawalk Learning Centre, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Spotted Fawn Productions

Sponsorship: Vancouver Foundation Convene Grant & ArtStarts Grant

Land as Life: Learning from Indigenous Knowledge-Keepers

Principal Investigator: Dr. Amanda Claudia Wager, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Co-Investigator: Dr. Georgina Martin, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Sponsorship: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Video: https://viurrspace.ca/handle/10613/23599

 

EDI Ideation Symposium: Catalyzing Ideas for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Action

Principal Investigator: Dr. Amanda Claudia Wager, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Co-Investigators: Tehmina Khwaja Vancouver Island University, Nicole L. Vaugeois Vancouver Island University, Dr.Denise Green Ryerson University, Asma Sayed Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Michael S. Quinn Mount Royal University, Pamela Hawranik Athabasca University,

Sponsorship: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Institutional Connection Grant\

 

Walk with Me: Cultural Mapping the Opioid Crisis in Kamloops and Comox Valley, B.C.

Drs. Will Garrett-Petts & Sharon Karsten, Co-Principal Investigators, Thompson Rivers University & Vancouver Island University, CA

Sponsorship: Vancouver Foundation Participatory Action Research Investigate Project, British Columbia Arts Council & Leon and Thea Koerner Award

Comox Valley Unhoused Society

Board Member President & Grant Writer: Dr. Amanda Claudia Wager, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC