Laurier Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA)
CCRLA is an interdisciplinary research centre located within Laurier's Faculty of Science. Their work is focused on developing community partnerships and producing research, learning and action that advances community well-being and social justice.
CCRLA facilitates community-based research by establishing links between community partners and Laurier students and faculty researchers. They also organize a public lecture series and relevant workshops for community members, students, and faculty members. LSPIRG is proud to have funded three 8-month-long applied academic, community-based research internships in 2018-2019. These projects were a collaboration between Laurier undergraduate students and the following community organizations:
Coalition for Muslim Women of Kitchener-Waterloo
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region
Aids Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA)
Our Research and Action Groups’ Projects
LSPIRG also conducts grassroots in a variety of ways. Some of our Research and Action Groups do really impactful research for social change. For example, Advocates for a Student Culture of Consent (ASCC) has gathered and showcased survivors’ stories told through art, and are currently working on creating a Brant Health Guide that will communicate what each local organization offers in regards to sexual and reproductive health, and whether the organizations are accessible and inclusive.
Independent Grassroots Research Projects
We also support and fund students and community members who want to conduct their own grassroots research for social or environmental justice. This takes many forms! This year, we’re collaborating with a student on conducting a survey about people’s experiences menstruating on campus. This data will be used in our advocacy efforts to get free menstrual products in Laurier washrooms. Another student, Ocean Miller, was an undergraduate student and filmmaker who wanted to talk to students about their Black identity and experience at Laurier, a predominantly white institution. We loaned her the tech equipment she needed to conduct the interviews and produce her film, and funded her film premiere. Her film is not only art, it also is empirical, grassroots research about racial justice and community. Check out her film, ROOTS, below!
Our Radical Library
Our Waterloo office has a library filled with tons of books that have to do with social and environmental justice. All members can borrow books for your growth, term paper or research project. Zines and books range from heavily academic to activist toolkits to more informal. Some of our main categories include disability justice, racial justice, feminism and gender, queer and trans, food justice, organizing & direct action, Indigenous, immigrant justice, gendered violence and anti-fascism. You can check out our database here! Brantford folks are welcome to borrow books as well, just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org