CACSL Conference 2016 Speaker: Leah K. Hamilton, PhD

Leah K. Hamilton, PhD

Leah Hamilton, PHD
Assistant Professor; Department of Management, Human Resources, and Aviation; Bissett School of Business; Mount Royal University

Adjunct Assistant Professor; Department of Psychology; University of Calgary

Leah’s research focuses on the social and economic integration of immigrants in Canada. She is Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and Co-Investigator on a SSHRC Insight Grant. Both of these projects examine various ways to facilitate the settlement and integration of immigrants in Canada. In addition, she is a very active collaborator in the SSHRC-funded Pathways to Prosperity Partnership (P2P), an alliance of university, community, and government partners dedicated to promoting the integration of immigrants across Canada. To conduct her research, Leah works closely with government policy makers and with stakeholders from the settlement sector. Leah has completed several projects that were commissioned by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, including reports on topics such as: the characteristics of welcoming communities for immigrants; identifying essential components of successful business supports for immigrant entrepreneurs; and exploring the experiences and outcomes of official language minority immigrants. Most recently, Leah completed a labour market integration project for the Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary. Leah integrates her passion for community engagement in her teaching, where she applies community engagement pedagogies within her leadership development class.

Outline of Presentation

During the first half of this session I will present some of my recent research projects on the settlement and integration of immigrants in Canada. This will include a focus on fostering meaningful community partnerships and consideration of some of the challenges and benefits of working closely with policymakers and the settlement sector. I will also highlight how my community-based research informs my teaching. During the second half of this session I will facilitate a discussion during which attendees will be encouraged to share promising practices and to discuss how community-engaged research can help to solve important social issues.

The CACSL Conference takes place on May 25 to 27, 2016 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.

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