Ryerson University to Launch RBC Immigrant Diversity and Inclusion Project

Donation from RBC opens doors for new research focused on new Canadians.

By Ryerson University

Ryerson University today announced it received a $1.75-million gift from RBC to support the RBC Immigrant Diversity and Inclusion project – an action-oriented research study into the economic and social issues facing immigrants, and the creation of a series of targeted student internships.

The funding announcement was made following a panel discussion at Ryerson called “Journey to Success: Insights from Immigrant Entrepreneurs,” which included several prominent business, media and community leaders.

The RBC Immigrant Diversity and Inclusion Project allows Ryerson to build on its unique strengths. Ryerson faculty and students come from more than 100 countries and speak more than 100 languages, and over 22 per cent of its full-time students are first-generation university attendees. The University has built partnerships in more than 80 countries, and research at Ryerson is already making significant contributions to shaping immigration policy and promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. The University also offers an interdisciplinary MA program in Immigration and Settlement Studies.

The second component of the RBC Immigrant Diversity and Inclusion Project is the creation of student internships that target specific issues, and particular population groups. Internship opportunities will be available on campus, but in partnership with not-for-profit or community partners including RBC.

“We are very pleased that RBC has chosen to direct this gift to Ryerson and to advancing action-oriented research and offering immediate benefits to immigrants today,” said Wendy Cukier, vice president research and innovation and founder of the Diversity Institute, Ryerson University. “The RBC Immigrant Diversity and Inclusion project will help reduce immigrant underemployment, advance our understanding of immigrant markets and community needs, and properly harness the skills of immigrant entrepreneurs. Together with a strong partner, Ryerson is committed to integrating theory with practice to effect change.”

“At RBC, we are passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion because it’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” said Janice Fukakusa, chief administrative officer and chief financial officer, RBC. “That’s why we’re pleased to be funding this important research to make a real and positive difference for new Canadians.”

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