News & Articles

Our blog features contributions from partners in the movement for social connectedness as well as youth leaders committed to community building and international development.

Connecting Canadian Transgender Youth to Much Needed Care

By Emma Harries, Social Connectedness Fellow

Canadian transgender youth are not getting the overall care they need. Learn more about the barriers and challenges they face and how social inclusion is impacting their access to much needed care.

People With Disabilities To Get Vote in France

We are pleased to share this important update from Human Rights Watch on the French Government’s intention to grant the right to vote to all persons with disabilities in France, a crucial step forward for social connectedness that other countries can follow.

Women’s Science Day: Leveling the STEM playing field

By Ana Sofia Hibon, Social Connectedness Fellow

Today is the third celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Find out why it is crucial for societies to further promote the involvement of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the furtherance of development.

The Road to Reciprocity with Indigenous Communities

By Celine Thomas, Research Analyst, SCSC

Celine reflects on her time in Mistissini, speaking to the respect, recognition and reciprocity needed to build stronger and more sustainable bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada.

Top Universities are Teaching Students a New Skill — Happiness

In this Quartz article, Jenny Anderson highlights several university courses in North America that are addressing questions of belonging and purpose at the undergraduate level, including Kim Samuel’s McGill University seminar on social connectedness.

Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered

By Madeleine Andrew-Gee, Social Connectedness Fellow

According to Maria Szalavitz and Bruce D. Perry (MD, PhD), empathy is key to the proper functioning of societies. Learn more about why empathy is endangered in modern times and how both individual & community actions are needed to foster connectedness.

Rising Voices Montreal Screening Event Recap

On January 30th, SCSC hosted a screening of the documentary, Rising Voices, together with TakingITGlobal in Montreal. Find out more about this powerful film, which highlights the stories of diverse individuals, primarily youth, across Canada, and their hopes and dreams for their communities and the nation as a whole.

Social Inclusion and Environmental Sustainability: We Stand or Sink Together

In her latest article, Kim Samuel highlights environmental challenges facing cities today, the impact on vulnerable populations, and the importance of data in driving solutions. She also promotes the new Urban and Environmental Social Inclusion Index, developed by Dr. Angel Hsu and Data-Driven Yale.

The Importance of Parent-Teacher Connections

By Jeremy Monk, Social Connectedness Fellow

Historically, parent-teacher conferences have been the main forum for communication between parents and teachers. Find out how this communication dynamic is changing and the impacts it may have on students’ education.