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September 23, 2017
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The Change Project

The Change Project is a collaboration between the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASCRW), the Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG), the Centre for Women and Trans People*, The UW Women's Centre, the Diversity & Equity Office at Laurier, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Waterloo. Funding for the project has been provided by Status of Women Canada. The Project relies heavily on the involvement and leadership of students who were instrumental in initiating the project and who are involved in the activities of the project.

The Purpose of The Change Project is to work towards ending gendered violence on campus through transforming the institutional and cultural climate of the universities and community. The project aims to:

  • Engage stakeholders as participants to encourage multiple stakeholders perspectives and to facilitate relationship-building within and between the two universities and the community;
  • Identify the nature and extent of the problem;
  • Assess institutional responses and prevention efforts and discern gaps/needs to address the problem; 
  • Develop evidence-informed recommendations for institutional and community-level changes to prevent future gender-based violence against students and better respond to and support those who have experienced, or who are experiencing gendered-based violence;
  •  Develop and implement education, prevention and action initiatives based on identified needs, assets, and promising practices. 

The project will meet these objectives through the development of an inter-university/community Advisory Committee representing multiple stakeholders from the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and the community that will provide on-going feedback to the three categories of activities: research, relationship-building, and engagement and action.

The purpose of the research activities is to provide sound evidence to inform the development of comprehensive strategies to address gendered violence against students at UW and WLU. More specifically, the research seeks to describe the nature and extent of gendered violence against students of UW and WLU as well as describe past, current and potential future responses to gendered violence against students.

The relationship-building aspect of the project is particularly important for both informing the progression of the research, but also in utilizing the research findings to engage in action and change activities. Stronger social and professional ties among stakeholders will increase the social capital needed to develop and implement effective strategies for preventing and responding to gendered violence against students. 

Engagement and action activities will take place throughout the course of the project as opportunities emerge through the ongoing relationship-building and research. Activities may include organizing education and awareness events or supporting partners in organizing such events, and engaging in local, provincial or federal advocacy based on the findings of the research  and the lessons that emerge from the project.

For more information about the project contact Ginette Lafreniere at or by calling 519-884-0710 ext 5237.

Related Information Title Type
2015 The Change Project- Community Report Document
2015 The Change Project- Laurier Report Document
2015 The Change Project-Laurier Recommendations Document