Two professors and a Master’s alumna from UNU-MERIT have won the RWB Jackson Award 2021, for the most outstanding English-language article published in the Canadian Journal of Education. The award went to an article entitled, The Use of a Multidimensional Support Model to Examine Policies and Practices for Immigrant Students across Canada, co-authored by Louis Volante, Camila Lara, Melissa Siegel et al.
The article sets out the urgent case for ministries and departments to develop a stand-alone policy document to address all of the unique needs of immigrant students comprehensively, and to devote greater attention to the socio-economic challenges immigrant students disproportionately face. Such a document would also address the importance of greater policy coherence and collaboration among ministry sectors, say the authors.
Louis Volante said: “This is a significant accomplishment and includes authorship that reflects my Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada team. Namely, the second author is Camila Lara who was my graduate student research assistant in 2018-2019 when the data was collected and analysed. Camila Lara is also my former student and graduate of the MSc. in Public Policy & Human Development at UNU-MERIT, where she graduated in August 2018.”
The third and fourth authors, Don Klinger (University of Waikato) and Melissa Siegel (UNU-MERIT), are collaborators on Volante’s SSHRC Insight Grant for ‘Immigrant Student Achievement and Education Policy: A Pan-Canadian Analysis’.
Louis Volante previously won this award, given annually by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, in 2005.
The opinions expressed here are the authors’ own; they do not necessarily reflect the views of UNU.
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