Building Migrant Resilience in Cities

Building Migrant Resilience

Building Migrant Resilience in Cities (BMRC), established in 2016, is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)funded research project. With partners across Quebec and Ontario, this project creates new knowledge about emerging trends in international migration and resilience. The goal of the research partnership is to “nurture a multidisciplinary partnership that will create and disseminate original and relevant knowledge about migration and settlement to researchers, policymakers, and decision-makers throughout Canada and around the world at the times they need it” . With city networks in Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal, York Region, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, and Windsor, the BMRC-IRMU project combines distinct knowledge from academia, non-profit agencies, and government sectors to achieve that goal.

EPICentre’s Executive Director, Dr. Francine Schlosser, is proud to be a Co-Investigator of this grant and an Academic Director of the Windsor city network. She works closely with Mr. Reza Shahbazi, the Executive Director of the New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence Inc., who is also a collaborator for this project and the Community Director for the Windsor city network.

Recently completed research by the Windsor city network include:

Migration and Resilience: Discovering Strengths and Building Capacity in International Students
Principal Investigator: Dr. Francine Schlosser
Co-Investigators: Nilanjana Das and Jacqueline Veres
Authors for the research article under the same name, which is currently under publication review by the National Academic Advising Association Journal, include Jacqueline Veres, Dr. Francine Schlosser, and Reza Shahbazi. A presentation by Jacqueline and Dr. Schlosser titled, “Supporting International Students: Developing Resilience for Potential High Quality Immigrants?” took place at the Annual NACADA Region 5 Conference held in Columbus, Ohio in April 2018.

Newcomer Youth in Canada: How can drama education influence language acquisition, community building, and self-development?
Principal Investigator: Dr. Francine Schlosser
Co-Investigators: Ashley Darlene Baez Abreu, Arielle Sarah Opler, and Natalie Steiner.
A research output poster has been submitted to the BMRC partnership for review.

It Takes a Village: Building Resilience by Connecting International Students to the Broader Community
This is a recently-funded research, which is in the process of applying for approval from the University of Windsor Research Ethics Board.

The Windsor city network would like to acknowledge the support of the BMRC-IMRU partnership grant:
Preston,V. PI, Belkhodja, C., Gabriel, C. , Lochhead, C., Douglas, D., Dyson, D., Zikic, J., Hennebry, J., Shields, J., Veronis, L., Hynie, M., Mandell, N., Bhuyan, R., Ghosh, S. and collaborators. Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada – Immigration et résilience en milieu urbaine (BMRC-IMRU): Discovering Strengths and Building Capacity, Partnership Grant. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, SSHRC#896-2016-1004, $2,499,525, 2016-2021

Please Visit the official BMRC homepage: http://bmrc-irmu.info.yorku.ca/