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The Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice is a hub of feminist energy, action and research that seeks to achieve equity and improve lives in their complexity and multiplicity, locally and globally.

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The Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC)  is a research centre at Mount Saint Vincent University committed to research and action to build food security in Nova Scotia and beyond. FoodARC's projects and activities are grounded in four pillars: research, building capacity, sharing knowledge, and advocacy and policy change.

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The WISE Atlantic program is primarily engaged in inspiring youth to consider science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers and making them aware of the diversity that exists within these fields. We also support women in STEM careers through professional development opportunities.

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The Dr. Rosemarie Sampson Centre on Aging provides modern office space that will enable new synergies within the university and beyond in order to embrace the opportunities and challenges of an aging population. The Dr. Rosemarie Sampson Centre on Aging is located on the 2nd Floor of the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research. It is home to:

  • Nova Scotia Centre on Aging
  • Jessie MacIsaac Campbell Maritime Data Centre
  • Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology
  • Global Aging and Community Initiative


The purpose of the Jessie MacIssac Campbell Maritime Data Centre for Aging Research and Policy Analysis is:
  • To conduct research on the effects of the aging population with particular emphasis on caregiving issues.
  • To train graduate and undergraduate students in research methodologies, analysis of public policies and quantitative analyses of primary and secondary data.
  • To translate findings from data analysis to key local, provincial, and national decision makers in the continuing care field.
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The Nova Scotia Centre on Aging works in collaboration with many others to advance knowledge on aging-related issues. Our work includes conducting research projects and evaluation studies; organizing lectures, workshops and conferences; developing and reviewing curricula; developing educational materials such as manuals, information kits and videos; and providing consultative services to community, organizations and government. It is our goal that through research, education and community engagement the NSCA will inform policy and practice to enhance the quality of life of older adults and their families. 


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The Centre for the Arts in Research and Teaching is both a virtual and physical space intended to provide opportunities to: articulate, explore, and support the role of the arts in research and teaching; create and support a community of scholartists; and engage in collaborative, cross-disciplinary scholarship informed by the arts.