Strengthening Community Connections
Our community reaches beyond our campuses through partnerships and collaborations that fuel growth, self-discovery, and innovation. Dalhousie exists because of the support from our communities, and we are committed to meaningful engagement within our neighbourhoods, the province, and the region.
Kinesiology students from the School of Health and Human Performance assist the Learn to Wheel program as part of the practicum for their studies. Professor Sarah Moore includes student participation in the Easter Seals Learn to Wheel, Sledge Hockey and Power Soccer programs as part of the curriculum. (Cody Turner)
Dal Tigers: Community is Core to the Team
In 2022, Dal Athletics created a new role to further strengthen the commitment to community leadership and engagement for Anton Berry, who is also the head of basketball operations. Berry leads the development and implementation of proactive equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility initiatives within Dalhousie’s Department of Athletics and Recreation while also guiding the many student-athlete community and volunteer initiatives they contribute an average of more than 4,000 hours to each year.
“There is potential for us to have a tremendous impact in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility through sport and community,” says Berry, “I see community involvement as key to student-athletes having a positive, memorable, and meaningful experience at Dalhousie.”
Read more about how Dal supports its neighbouring communities:
A warm neighbourhood welcome: Dal opens arms to North End elementary students waiting on new school.
Jalana Lewis began exploring ways Dal could help the SJAM students feel welcome in the neighbourhood, working with Athletics and other Dal partners.
These past two years have put an increased focus on health and well-being, and we’ve been implored by world leaders to do our part to protect the most vulnerable. That way of thinking isn’t new for the students involved with the HOPES (Halifax Outreach Prevention Education & Support) initiative.
Bridge Into Agriculture is a program hosted by the Extended Learning Department of the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture to help bridge the gap between African Nova Scotian communities and agriculture through the production of a small vegetable garden.
Community first: Dal researchers work with African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq communities to get it right from the start.
A new SHRC grant project will be led by four African Nova Scotian community members, in collaboration with four Dalhousie graduate students, who will meet every two weeks for three years to examine systemic racism in health care and social services.
The Food Security Project — a Giving Tuesday initiative led by Dalhousie and postsecondary institutions across Nova Scotia in partnership with the J & W Murphy Foundation — plays a vital role both in the DSU’s efforts to keep the food bank open and in the operations of the Agricultural Campus’s Food Pantry.
Dr. Ahmad Hussein (DDS’13) worked in Dr. Song Lee’s lab in the Dentistry Building as a microbiology and immunology student at Dal, researching infectious diseases and microbiology related to oral diseases. But the idea of being a dentist didn’t cross his mind.