The following post was written by Hussein Elhagehassan
Co-chair, Social Innovation Seed Fund, RADIUS
Social Innovation Seed fund supports student-led projects to redefine labels and battle narratives of marginalized communities
RADIUS is happy to announce Cycle 6, Round 2 recipients of the Social Innovation Seed funding available to SFU students in partnership with Embark Sustainability. Read more here for more information and details to apply in round 3 and fund your social innovation project.
Dreams of Humanity: Refugee Voices
Dreams of Humanity: Refugee Voices is a photography project that uses photo series and storytelling to tell the diverse, intersectional stories of Refugees living on the stolen and occupied territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, known as Vancouver. The project positions itself to go beyond the sympathetic and disempowering mainstream media narratives about Refugees. It allows folks to imagine, feel, and see the difference it makes to center the voices of Refugees in owning and telling their stories.
Ayaan is a Black, African, Muslim, Refugee-Settler living on the stolen and occupied territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. She is a fourth-year student at SFU who is passionate about community organizing and furthering decolonization in her own life, her community, and within academia. She is invested in facilitation and meaningful youth engagement, specifically, racialized Migrant and Refugee voices. When not deeply intrigued by decolonial poetry and African literature books, you can find Ayaan gushing about basketball, acting + filmmaking, and community organizing.
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Facebook: Dreams of Humanity: Refugee Voices
Citizen Workshops at the PLOT
In an effort to reinforce sustainability and social connectedness, we aim to host six workshops and dialogues at the PLOT around social isolation, hidden homelessness, resilience, placemaking, wellbeing and domestic abuse. The workshops will offer opportunities to continue building relationships at the garden, and to create space for education and support. The democratic, low barrier culture of the PLOT invites the community to be involved, learn and share any positive knowledge, skills, talents and time they have that can strengthen the interconnected nature of this citizen-led project.
Workshops and dialogues are being curated by a group of volunteers at PLOT. With the help of community leaders, our PLOT indigenous elder, social workers, local social service providers (Divercity, SourcesBC, Newton Library etc.) SFU professors and students will be present these events to our growing network.
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Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheplot/
Applicants are currently being accepted for round 3 of the Social Innovation Seed Fund. Click here for more information on how to apply.