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Douglas College receives grant for student exploration of urban problems

Students at Douglas College will have the opportunity to research urban problems affecting the Lower Mainland starting this fall, thanks to a grant focused on team-based, experiential learning.

The funds, donated by the R. Howard Webster Foundation, allow the College to launch the Student Teams Exploring Pervasive Urban Problems (STEP UP) project.

“This project will give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have learned in class and to acquire a deeper appreciation for why the challenges that face community leaders are difficult to solve,” said Kathy Denton, president of Douglas College.

Teams of students enrolled in designated humanities and social sciences courses will go into urban environments and gather data to understand the variables that contribute to complex contemporary problems, such as homelessness and traffic congestion. Student groups will also have the opportunity to share project outcomes in presentations to city councils, business organizations, community groups and at public hearings.

Funds will be used to offset the cost of off-campus activities and events to showcase students’ work; to establish bursaries for students in financial need who are enrolled in STEP UP-designated courses; and, as cash prizes for top student presentations.

 “Experiential learning is a key part of Douglas College’s applied programs. This generous grant from the R. Howard Webster Foundation ensures that more applied opportunities are available and accessible to all students,” Denton said.

The R. Howard Webster Foundation provides grants to outstanding Canadian charitable organizations that offer unique and inspiring programs or projects for the benefit, improvement and development of Canadian society.



Sucheta Singh
Communications Coordinator
604 527 5806