Health Change Lab is a once-in-a-degree immersive program that provides students with hands-on learning in tackling challenging social, economic, and environmental issues facing the City of Surrey. Third and fourth-year undergraduate students from across SFU come together to form interdisciplinary teams. Together, they investigate a local social problem, build a sustainable business intervention to respond to it, and pitch their ideas to community influencers – all in just 13 weeks.
“Health promotion” refers to the process of enabling people and communities to take control of and to improve their health and wellbeing. In the Health Change Lab, students learn about social entrepreneurship, systems thinking, public health, and community health.
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Applications are now closed for the fall 2020 program. Applications for fall 2021 will open in April 2021.
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In Health Change Lab, participants work in interdisciplinary teams to investigate a community health-related challenge. Then, they develop and test an innovative, venture-based response. Teams will present to partner panels for feedback mid term and be given the opportunity to connect with community and City partners and leaders to help build their ideas with the possibility of seeing them proceed in the real world.
Sessions are a mix of hands on workshops, coaching by instructors and experts, limited content lectures, guest speakers, and open work time in your teams to advance your ideas. This course is co-taught by three experienced instructors. Mentors, speakers, and project partners are sourced through our extensive networks.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
3rd or 4th year students from any discipline who are interested in a unique, experiential, group project-based program that addresses real-world issues in the City of Surrey.
Ideal Change Lab students come in with keen curiosity and a willingness to explore and deepen their own leadership skills. Individual reflection and journaling are part of the course. Participants will be challenged to both give and receive feedback from peers and instructors. Openness, vulnerability, and the ability to listen deeply are highly valued.
September 8th to December 1st, 2020
Tuesdays: 11:30am—5:20pm (Online)
Thursdays: 2:30pm—5:20pm (Online)
There is a day-long offsite retreat on September 15, expenses covered.
In line with 10 credits, you should expect this to be an intensive experience. Many students have described the course as the most transformative of their undergraduate degree – but you have to be interested in and committed to:
There isn’t a lot of mandatory reading or information to memorize – you work with us to figure out what you need to learn to effectively advance your project.
Some of the topics you will learn about are social entrepreneurship, systems thinking, public health and community health issues pertinent to Surrey, determinants of health, business model development, personal development, effective teams, and more.
The specific credits that you are awarded are:
You do not need any past business or health experience to thrive in this course! Expect your changemaking peers to bring a variety of perspectives from departments and faculties across the university, a breadth of experience from their own lives, and a shared passion for social and environmental issues.
While we value experience in social change, leadership and project creation of all sorts, we also encourage anyone excited about the description here to consider applying.
Admission requirements (may be waived at discretion of instructors in extenuating circumstances):
*May be waived at the discretion of instructors.
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Include a letter of interest, not more than 350 words, summarizing why you would like to take part in this program in your application email.
Attach the following two documents:
Deadline to apply: April 15th – August 16th, 2020
The Health Change Lab will be stewarded by the following team of individuals. This team will also invite in a variety of guests from the local community.
Alia is a social entrepreneur and lecturer at Simon Fraser University where she teaches Sustainable Innovation and Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Passionate about the fields of sustainability, poverty alleviation and impact investing, Alia is the Founder of Luv The Grub an emerging social enterprise that operates at a number of levels in the food system by capturing produce seconds that would otherwise go to waste, hires newcomer refugees and immigrants through a paid employment training program and produces delicious chutneys and spreads for the local market. In addition, Alia is also the Co-Founder of Liv & Lola; a fair trade home decor business which works with artisans in rural areas of Nicaragua, Guatemala and Thailand where employment opportunities are scarce in an effort to lift them, their families and their communities out of poverty.
Tim is responsible for the implementation of the collaborative strategic direction of both Plan Institute & PLAN, a role that he has held for five years. Tim has also served as a community connector for PLAN, sat on the board of Plan Institute and worked for three years as General Manager for Tyze—an online personal networking service and a certified B-Corp Social Enterprise developed by PLAN. Tim also teaches Sustainable Innovation and is a Mentor in Residence at Simon Fraser University and the Venture Connection. Before working In the Not for Profit sector Tim was the Managing Director and Vice President of an International technology company and worked in Canada, the USA and Europe. Tim brings over 25 years of experience in business, sales, management, and personal development and is passionate about helping people and organizations create success and sustainability.
Paola Ardiles BSc (hons) MHSc MBA is a public health advocate, an educator and a social entrepreneur. Throughout her career she has led various collaborative and innovative approaches in research, policy and practice, to enable a broader understanding of our collective role in promoting health and well-being for all. Paola came to Canada as a refugee child in the mid-seventies and formed part of the Chilean diaspora who established itself in Toronto during the military dictatorship. Since then Paola has been driven to create social change by sharing knowledge and creating space for people’s voices to be heard. Today, she serves as a bridge or a “knowledge broker” through her roles as a educator, mentor, advocate, policy analyst, entrepreneur, advisor, facilitator and public speaker. In 2017, Paola was recognized as one of TD Bank’s 10th Most Influential Hispanic Canadians.
Are you hungry to build real-world solutions to societal problems? Apply to be one of the 20- students in SFU’s Fall 2020 Health Change Lab cohort! The program is like