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I have been an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator. Currently, I am a faculty member in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My M.Ed. and Ph.D. had a focus on the educational and linguistic experiences of children who moved from other countries to Canada.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Haiti Partnership Development Trip Update: State University of Haiti (UEH) and social innovation

Our team had its first meeting earlier this week and I'm getting quite excited about the potential this team has to really ramp up the work that we have been engaged with in Haiti. Here's one example of why I am excited...

Two weeks from today we will be in meetings with the State University of Haiti (UEH - Limonade campus) senior management team.This is the campus that was built following the 2010 earthquake; it's a beautiful facility:

We had two meetings with this group last May and one of the first things that Dr. Theodat, the president of the council, mentioned was their desire to develop an incubator for innovation in the region.

This is exciting as the Waterloo Region has been a hub for innovation in Canada for many years. Laurier has a number of innovative projects such as the Launchpad, the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship, and the new Social Entrepreneurship program.

Our team is ready to listen to the ideas and needs that UEH has. With participants representing high tech, industry, K-12 education, and higher education it is also well-equipped to provide input and engage in discussions.

Wouldn't it be exciting to engage in an international, north-south, equal-partnership project to support innovation and capacity-building?!

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