Why Community Prosperity?
About the Institute
The Institute for Community Prosperity ensures that students and citizens have access to high impact, immersive learning and undergraduate community-partnered research opportunities that build their confidence and capacity to lead transformative change in their communities. Advancing MRU’s mandate to provide an exceptional undergraduate educational experience, the Institute is committed to supporting students as they unlock their potential, and flourish as learners, changemakers, and human beings.
We work toward a vision of a borderless campus, where faculty, students and community organizations share in a vibrant learning ecosystem; Where community knowledge, wisdom and experience is integrated with academic problem-based learning and scholarly insight. We are a place to try out new ideas and approaches, and to foster inspiration for the next generation of social impact leaders as they use 21st-century skills and mindsets to respond to the complex challenges the world, and our communities face.
Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, or member of the broader community, let us connect you, and help you move your ideas and insights forward.
Pillar in MRU Community Tackles Good Governance in Catalyst Fellowship
Catalyst fellow, Cordelia Snowdon has been a pillar in the Mount Royal University community for almost eight years. After completing a diploma in social work and working as a vice-president for the students association, SAMRU, she is finishing the last semester of a policy studies degree. Cordelia explained that she loves social work and looks forward to a long career in it, but admitted that what she once thought her dream job, is not anymore. After working with clients in the social work program, she quickly became frustrated with the failing systems and structures. Today, Cordelia sees herself writing policy for social work as an advisor instead of tackling the front lines.
When the opportunity to apply for the Catalyst fellowship came across Cordelia’s desk at SAMRU, she knew from that moment that she was destined for the opportunity. Her community partner is The City of Calgary. She admitted that governance is not the most captivating topic, however, the way Cordelia spoke with confidence and grace could change anyone’s mind. By using the process of autoethnography, she is taking her own experience in governance to learn how to better herself and eventually those around her. She has been working hard to unpack the pitfalls of Robert’s Rules of Order and researching ways governance can be accessible for everyone.
With less than a semester left in Cordelia’s degree, she is looking forward to finding work and volunteering at an annual Godzilla Fest in Chicago this July. While we are amazed by how much Cordelia contributed to MRU in her time here, she admitted that she could not have done it without her rock solid support system and partner, Nathan. Click here to learn more about the Catalyst Fellows!