Humber’s strength in social innovation is focused in the area of community development. Projects in this area aim to address community challenges by collaborating with members of the community to take collective action. Social Innovation projects create opportunities for students from programs such as Addictions and Mental Health, Criminal Justice, Child and Youth Care, Research Analyst Postgraduate, Food and Nutrition Management, and the Social Service Worker, Developmental Service programs and many others across all Humber schools.
Examples of the Social Innovation projects supported by Humber include a collaboration with the Toronto Police Service wherein students are helping to evaluate the Neighbourhood Policing Program, a project analyzing the effectiveness of a program for incarcerated women, and a project for a pre-college prep program to support marginalized students. Some of Humber’s facilities that support this applied research are the Conflict Resolution Simulation Lab, the Crime Lab, and the Forensic Studio.
Associate Dean, School of Social & Community Services
Jeanine Webber was named Researcher of the Year in 2016 due to the success of her project in collaboration with the Toronto Police Services. Her specialization in criminal justice has given her the edge in leading a team of various students from the School of Social & Community Services on a multi-year project to evaluate the Toronto Police Services’s Neighbourhood Policing Program. Webber is a leader in the field of social innovation.
Professor, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Josephine Mazzuca teaches in the Research Analyst Postgraduate Program and has years of experience in research. Mazzuca has worked on an applied research project recently in collaboration with the Child Development Institute, analyzing the effect of the Mothers in Mind program on the participants and staff involved.
Faculty, School of Community Services
Arthur Lockhart provides training and organizational transformation consultation on the local, national and international levels. At the core of his workshops are the human spirit, humour, trauma transformation, and transformative social change.
Program Coordinator, School of Creative and Performing Arts
Anne Frost is Program Coordinator for Humber's Ontario Graduate Certificate program in Arts Administration - Cultural Management. Anne's applied research areas of interest include arts-based data-gathering where surveys of arts participants and their preferences are conducted through role-playing and simulation, rather than via the traditional clip-board method; inquiry into the role of the arts in newcomer settlement in Toronto and beyond; and innovation in organizational structures and governance models in arts, culture and heritage. Anne's external partners include Lakeshore Arts, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, and ArtsPond (Jessa Agilo).