Pushing privileged pillars in Canadian higher education
This poetic inquiry explores how students whose lives are shaped by poverty engage with and are impacted by their involvement with the Shoestring Initiative (www.shoestringiniative.com) at the University of Victoria. This inquiry seeks to understand how building a grassroots community of mentorship, support, and advocacy shapes their experiences.
The dissertation will be a compilation of found poetry co-created by participants and myself as researcher-participant. The goals of this research are to make visible how this type of initiative shapes experiences in the lives of students and how it can echo across the university landscape and beyond in order to work towards socioeconomic diversity in Canadian universities.