Student Conference and Community Conversation

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Student Conference and Community Conversation

One-day conference featuring students doing community-based research and a conversation on transformative research hosted by the MRA.

By Manitoba Research Alliance

When and where


The University of Winnipeg 515 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9 Canada

About this event

This is a one-day conference featuring students, community members, and lunch! **NEW** This is a HYBRID event! Participants are encouraged to join in person, but we have a virtual (Zoom!) option for those who join us online.

The event is open to Manitoba Research Alliance co-applicants, academics, students and community organizations and members. Registration is required to attend in person before May 5th, 2022. We are working on the possibility of offering part of the program virtually.


9:00 Welcoming Remarks

9:20 Three Student Presentations:

- Yutaka Dirks, University of Manitoba – Housing Advocacy: Factors Affecting Involvement, Depth of Engagement, and Community Organizing Capacity

- Matt Paterson, Brandon University – Transgender Comfort in Transitional Housing Settings in Brandon, Manitoba

- Tammy Nelson, University of Manitoba -Development of a Two-Eyed Seeing Approach to Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

10:30 UBC Collective for Gender+ in Research (more details below)

11:15 Student Stories of Community-Based Research: Pathways into Practice with Joel Templeman (University of Calgary), Tammy Nelson (University of Manitoba) and Myla Held (University of Winnipeg) and hosted by Dagen Perrott. (more details below)

Lunch: Lunch Provided by Diversity Foods. Opportunity to network and meet others doing community-based research.


1:15 Introduction to Transformative Research with Shauna MacKinnon, Michael Barkman and Sarah Cooper.

1:45 Facilitated Workshop on Transformative Research (details below!)

3:30 Event Wrap-Up


UBC Collective for Gender+ in Research

The UBC ORICE Gender+ Data Justice Guide project originated in May 2020 with the numerous calls for the collection of disaggregated data along multiple axes of identity, many of which were amplified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Five cohorts of student researchers have produced a guide on how data justice principles can be centred during community-based research projects, through a series of reflexive questions. During this interactive workshop, participants will engage in exercises designed to inspire critical questions about data justice thinking. Such questions will consider how research workflows can better tune into the frequency of historically marginalized narratives that are systematically excluded for more just processes and outcomes.

Student Stories of Community-Based Research: Pathways into Practice

This hour-long panel discussion will explore three students’ pathways into what is often described under the umbrella of community-based research. Discussion will focus on how their experiences have shaped their understanding of what research can and should be. As well each will share a little about what lessons they have learned and what students interested in doing community-based research should keep in mind.

Transformative Research Conversation

Join us for a community conversation about transformative research! Last spring, members of the MRA met to discuss what transformative research means to us. We believe that transformative change requires a process of political mobilization on multiple levels inside and outside the conventional public policy system and that research is an important part of that process. This afternoon will offer examples and room to explore new transformative research projects that can be developed to fill gaps, focus on different central ideas, and work towards the 2023 provincial election.

We look forward to seeing you !

If changes to Manitoba Public Health orders or University mandates occur, the event may have to change in format. Masking and/or vaccination protocols will be communicated ahead of the event.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact MRA Project Coordinator Andrée Forest at or 204-927-3209.

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