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SSHRC support for Bishop’s Unearthing Justices Project

Dr. Vicki Chartrand Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz Dr. Alex Miltsov

Dr. Vicki Chartrand, Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz and Dr. Alex Miltsov of Bishop’s University’s Sociology Department were awarded a funding grant of $297,242 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for the Unearthing Justices Partnership (UJP) to map resources in support of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit+ (MMIWG2S+) people.

The UJP Digital mapping of Indigenous Grassroots Resources and Supports for MMIWG2S+ research project will be conducted in collaboration with several Indigenous partners from coast to coast who are actively addressing the murderers and disappearances and with the support of Knowledge Keepers Gladys Radek and Viola Thomas.

“While violence against MMIWG2S+ people is well-documented, there has been less consideration of how Indigenous families and communities have actively navigated the terrain where justice continues to be absent, elusive, or invasive, if not violent,” explains Dr. Chartrand. “Through this partnership, we will center and build on communities’ existing capacities and strengths.”

Following the 2019 National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ 231 Calls to Justice, the research partnership will create a digital map of Indigenous-led and -based resources of support for MMIWG2S+ people on a national website and other digital platforms.

The funding support is part of the SSHRC’s Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative to support community-based and led partnerships with postsecondary institutions to analyze the causes and persistence of systemic racism and discrimination. For further details, please consult the Unearthing Justices Partnership Research Spotlight.


Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager
819 822-9600 ext. 2617

Sufia Langevin awarded 3M Fellowship – Another Bishop’s student earns prestigious recognition

Sufia LangevinSufia Langevin, a Secondary Education and Social Studies student at Bishop’s University, has been awarded the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship.

The 3M National Student Fellowship recognizes up to ten full-time students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives, at their post-secondary institution, and in their communities. These students embrace a vision of education that enhances their academic experience through leadership and community engagement.

The student native of Montréal was involved notably as Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the Students Representative Council (SRC) as well as serving as the SRC’s Equity representative. She co-chaired the Ad Hoc Consultation Committee from which the SRC EDI Committee was created, which she also co-chairs, and also co-chaired the Joint Senate and Board Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She has also been President of the Bishop’s Debate Society, and recipient of the Joan Stadelman Fellowship for Student Success.

Other recent recipients of this prize among Bishop’s students notably include Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (2021), Maxim Jacques (2020), Ethan Pohl (2019), Chloé Soucy (2018) and Jason Earl (2015).

“Through her dedication to supporting student success and fostering equity, diversity and inclusion on campus, Sufia Langevin fully demonstrates the leadership qualities the 3M National Student Fellowship aims to reward on the institutional, community and personal levels, thus she completely deserves the honour and recognition conferred upon her through this distinction,” remarks Katie Bibbs, Academic Facilitator at Bishop’s University.



Olivier Bouffard
Communications Director
Bishop’s University
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Solidarity with Ukraine – Event to support Future Students from Ukraine

Bishop’s University will hold an event on Sunday, March 20th at 4:00 p.m. at Centennial Theatre to show our support for the people of Ukraine and to raise funds to support Ukrainian students who wish to come to Bishop’s. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Speakers will include Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, the Honourable Bob Rae and members of the Bishop’s community. The event will also feature a performance by the cast of Godspell. The Musical and a silent auction. Donations can also be made online through this link.

What : Fundraising Event “Solidarity with Ukraine”
Free Admission

When : Sunday, March 20th,2022
4:00 p.m.

Where : Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University
2600, College Street, Sherbrooke, Quebec J1M 1Z7
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Sonia Patenaude
Manager of Communications

Musique Chez Nous Series presents The Fraser Hollins Quartet

Musique Chez Nous is pleased to welcome bassist and composer Fraser Hollins and his quartet on March 15th at 8 p.m. on the Centennial Theatre stage. The first guest in the student-run series from Bishop’s Music Department since the series was abruptly cancelled in February 2020, Hollins will present his second opus Treehouse with fellow jazzmen, American drummer Brian Blade, Joel Miller on saxophones, and Jon Cowherd on piano.

Originally from Ottawa, now based in Montreal, Hollins recorded Treehouse in 2016 and released the 11-tracks of original compositions in 2019. He now is preparing a Quebec and Ontario tour with his original bandmates following an extensive pandemic-imposed pause.  The concert will feature music from Treehouse as well as some selections from his sophomore release, Aerials, and new material.

The Fraser Hollins Quartet featuring Brian Blade will also offer a masterclass to pre-selected Jazz combos from the Music Department at Bishop’s University and a short performance of selections from their new CD. The workshop will take place the following day, March 16th, at 11:30 a.m. in Bandeen Hall. All are welcome to this free event.

Join us for this very special Musique Chez Nous concert with the Fraser Hollins Quartet on March 15th at 8 p.m. at Centennial Theatre. Tickets are $25 and free for all students upon presentation of a valid student ID and must be reserved in advance. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the concert at the Centennial Theatre Box Office 819-822-9692 or visit Musique Chez Nous on Facebook.


Sonia Patenaude, Communications Manager

Godspell. The Musical to Launch First Performance in Bishop’s Musical Theatre Concentration

Sherbrooke, February 23, 2022 – Students of the Bishop’s University’s Musical Concentration are presenting their first-ever production, an imaginative retelling of the classic Broadway show, Godspell. The Musical. Director Dr. Art Babayants and Musical Director Fannie Gaudette lead the cast of 14 students and 4 musicans who will take the stage at Bishop’s Centennial Theatre from March 10 to 13. Take a glimpse at the promotional video.

Dr. Art Babayants, the new director of the musical theatre concentration, chose Godspell. The Musical, as it speaks to “building a community” and to “have a musical that allows you to focus on the singing, on being together and to continue working even if someone gets sick.” Dr. Babayants is one of many renowned professors students will get the chance to learn from.

The musical is the first public offering from the University’s new Musical Theatre concentration, which aims to enhance Bishop’s existing drama and music programs with specific training in dance, acting and history for musical theatre. This concentration offers yet another opportunity for students to explore and learn across disciplines.

The Bishop’s experience is truly on display in this production, featuring a 14-member company with talented performers majoring in psychology, education, and neuroscience, as well as from the performing arts. Diversity in the acting company extends to language as well, and audiences can expect to experience French, English, Hebrew, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Godspell. The Musical was created Off-Broadway in 1971 by 1971 by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz,

Tickets can be purchased online or in person though the Centennial Theatre Box Office  | 819-822-9692.  Mandated sanitary measures will be applied.

Bilingual Workshop for Parents of Preschool-aged Children – Activity presented by Collectif CLÉ

Dr. Sunny Lau from Bishop’s School of Education and recently appointed new Canada Research Chair on integrated plurilingual teaching and learning will present an online bilingual workshop with the collaboration of Dr. Geneviève Brisson, from the Faculty of Education at Université de Sherbrooke, through a partnership with Collectif CLÉ.

Created for parents of pre-school aged children, the workshop “Teaching your Child How to Think / Aidez votre enfant à apprendre et à penser”, will be presented on the Teams platform on Saturday, February 19 at 10 a.m.

What: Bilingual activity  “Teaching your Child How to Think / Aidez votre enfant à apprendre et à penser”

Saturday, February 19, 2022
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Online: Presented by Collectif CLÉ


Sonia Patenaude
Manager of Communications

Bishop’s University launches online reporting for campus sexual violence

Bishop’s University is pleased to announce that it has partnered with REES (Respect, Educate, Empower Survivors) to make online reporting available to the campus community.

REES is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week centralized online reporting and information platform that provides increased options for students, staff, and faculty to report sexual violence.

REES includes multiple reporting options and critical information about resources and supports available both on campus and in the community.

“We are committed to preventing sexual violence and to removing barriers to reporting acts of sexual violence,” commented Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancelier at Bishop’s University. “REES is a survivor-centric tool that provides students with an additional reporting option. We encourage the members of our community to familiarize themselves with this new tool which will complement our policies and our support network.”

According to a 2019 Stats Canada Survey on Individual Safety in the Postsecondary Student Population, 71 percent of postsecondary students witnessed or experienced unwanted sexualized behaviours over the past year, yet less than one in ten spoke about what happened with someone associated with the school.

Bishop’s University is the first post-secondary institution in Quebec to adopt REES and joins Mount Allison University, St. Francis Xavier University, University of Windsor, the University of Winnipeg, and Okanagan College, and others in implementing REES.


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Canada Research Chair for School of Education’s Dr. Sunny Lau

Integrated plurilingual teaching and learning 

Dr. Sunny Lau of Bishop’s University’s School of Education is awarded a Canada Research Chair to continue her work on plurilingual pedagogies, working with teachers to co-create teaching and learning conditions that promote the use of transferable strategies, metalinguistic awareness, intercultural education, and critical literacy learning. 

 Dr. Lau’s research highlights how language strategies used in one language can be applied in another language for more in-depth learning, and how this helps lessen the fear of acquiring a second or even third language. 

Dr. Lau’s research focus is especially relevant in a context where students’ mother tongue is neither English nor French and are rapidly increasing in the Eastern Townships and elsewhere. 

 “Many immigrant learners have competence in more than one language and culture, but these resources are often not being fully recognised and mobilized by teachers in language and content area classrooms,” argues Dr. Lau. “Most of these students are already plurilingual in the sense that they have competence in more than one language, and students are constantly making links to languages they know and use language strategies and learning strategies that they know to help themselves learn a new language.” 

Dr. Lau has previously worked with teachers in an Anglophone elementary school to integrate English and French second language (ESL and FSL) teaching and learning to achieve linguistic and cognitive coherence. Based on a year-long theme, the teachers read storybooks with children alternately in English and French to deepen their understanding. The English and French storybooks were different but shared similar themes that address social topics including poverty, homelessness, ablism, racism, to name a few. “When we teach languages in such a connected way, we are constantly building on what students already know and integrating concepts and ideas in a coherent way”, Dr. Lau explains. 

 Dr. Lau’s new Canada Research Chair on integrated plurilingual teaching and learning is another illustration of Bishop’s University’s commitment to   academic excellence and reflects on Bishop’s University’s focus on its local community, as it offers great potential for knowledge mobilization with education stakeholders locally and beyond. 



 Sonia Patenaude 

Communications Manager 

Bishop’s University  

Government of Québec invests $1.8M in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

The Government of Québec is providing financial support to Bishop’s University to further advance the development of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) program.

Minister of Higher Education Danielle McCann has announced a recurring yearly grant of $600,000 for the next three years aimed at developing regional expertise in the field of sustainable agriculture and food systems. The funds will be used to recruit professors and researchers that will strengthen the ongoing development of Bishop’s new SAFS program.

“Our universities have a role to play not only in training future workers, but also regarding research and innovation. The development of expertise in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems of biological agriculture is important for our economy and that’s why I’m glad for the support offered to Bishop’s. I’m confident the University’s expertise will allow for the development of this promising agricultural segment in developing knowledge that can benefit the entire population of Québec,” remarks Danielle McCann, Minister of Higher Education.

“The world is experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change. As individuals and institutions, we must act to address the climate crisis.  The SAFS program is an important initiative to help us respond locally to this global challenge. Many of our students are keen to learn the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture,” remarks Michael Goldbloom, C.M. Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University.

The support of the SAFS program by the Government of Québec will allow Bishop’s to accelerate the development of this program. Already led by a team of highly qualified academics, the additional professors and researchers will contribute to the expansion of knowledge in the Eastern Townships of this emerging academic discipline.



Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600 ext. 2617

Bishop’s students to travel to Belize and Japan – An opportunity to learn across Indigenous cultures

Bishop’s University has been awarded two Global Skills Opportunity grants for two international mobility programs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to come together and learn about Indigenous cultures in Belize or Japan.

The $800,000 Belize program grant has been awarded to the Maple League of institutions (Acadia University, Mount Allison University, and Bishop’s University) to develop and launch a program for Indigenous students to participate in an international experience together. The program known as “Nation to Nation: Building Indigenous Knowledge Across International Borders” will see 60 students from the four institutions travel to Belize to learn about the experiences of the Yucatec, Mopan, Garifuna, and K’eckchi peoples. Collaborating with Galen University in Belize, students will learn about language preservation, Indigenous governance, the environment, land rights, Indigenous innovations, and cultural heritage through food and education.

The Japan project entitled “Communicating Across Cultures: Building Intercultural Competencies and Lasting Partnerships in Japan Using an Indigenous Wholistic Framework” will allow 12 Bishop’s students to travel to Japan for three weeks each year. The grant received for the Japan program totals $274,000. In collaboration with Hokkaido University’s Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, students will gather in talking circles, attend seminars and engage in meaningful dialogue and land-based and community activities. Learning will be facilitated both inside and outside of the university setting, with experiences that will foster a greater understanding of Japanese and Ainu history, land and cultures.

The federal government’s new Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) program, officially launched in early November, is expected to enable more than 16,000 Canadian college and undergraduate-level university students to acquire the global skills employers want and the Canadian economy needs.

The $95 million GSO program is a component of the Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy and is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada. Administered jointly by Colleges and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada, the program has been designed to allow participating colleges, universities and institutes to customize projects to their students’ needs.

While open to all Canadian postsecondary students, the program targets groups for whom such experiences have traditionally been less accessible – specifically Indigenous students, students from low-income backgrounds and those living with disabilities. It also aims to diversify destination countries where Canadian students pursue international learning.

Bishop’s will begin recruiting students for both programs in December, with the selection to take place in early January. Both projects will take place in May 2022, 2023 and 2024.

“We hope that students will have the chance to discuss these opportunities with their communities, Elders, families and friends over the December break. For instance, we know that many Indigenous students have various commitments in their home communities after the Winter semester, and that community support will be important for them to dedicate time to travel in May,” indicates Annick Corbeil, Manager of Bishop’s International and Student Life.

“We are looking for students who are eager to learn as much in Japan or Belize as they will from one another.  This is very much a group learning experience that will require tremendous curiosity and humility from each participant,” Corbeil adds.

The Maple League Global Skills Opportunity Belize program, along with the Bishop’s Japan GSO program, are two among the 124 such programs offered through 56 Universities across Canada.

The participation in this Global Skills Opportunity demonstrates Bishop’s University’s commitment to offering an outstanding learning experience centred on its students’ quest for academic excellence, strongly focused on the need of its diverse and inclusive community.

“The Belize and Japan programs are also another step on the path to reconciliation and decolonizing international education,” says Corbeil.



Sonia Patenaude
Manager of Communications
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600 ext. 2617