There’s a buzz at Laurier Brantford, with 2,700 students and more than 2,000 alumni benefiting from our exciting programs, faculty and unique campus in Brantford’s revitalized downtown.
Since our launch in 1999, we have developed innovative programs, including a new Honours Bachelor Business Technology Management and Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health Studies. Liberal arts and professional programs are integrated in our core Contemporary Studies program, as well as in Criminology, Indigenous Studies, Journalism, Leadership and Law and Society. College graduates can earn a university degree through our transfer credit agreements with colleges across Ontario.
The recently opened $36-million Research and Academic Centre will allow us to grow to a projected 3,500 to 4,000 students. A new athletics and recreation centre, being developed in a unique capital partnership, is integral to growth plans for enrollment, including new opportunities for Aboriginal students. In February 2012, Architect Magazine awarded Cannon Design a prestigious Progressive Architecture Award for the centre’s innovative design and noted the positive urban contributions the facility will make.
Laurier Brantford YMCA Athletic Complex: The Ontario government will invest $16.7 million in this 115,000-square-foot facility. The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Brantford are also contributing to construction costs. Laurier Brantford and the Y together have launched a $5 million community campaign.
Scholarships and Bursaries: Financial assistance for students through scholarships, bursaries and awards helps them focus on their studies and maximize their educational experience. Options are available to contribute to existing financial aid programs or establish new ones, perhaps to honour someone. Donations can be directed to Laurier Brantford students.
Library & Learning Information Commons: This shared facility will enhance learning services that help students succeed. It will also foster new opportunities for collaboration with community partners that could include Nipissing University, Mohawk College, Six Nations Elected Council, the Six Nations Polytechnic Institute and the City of Brantford.
Aboriginal Initiatives: Laurier is committed to diversity and helping ensure a positive campus experience for under-represented and first-generation students. Funds raised will strengthen and expand cultural programming using traditional teachings, workshops, talking circles and visiting elders, and also enhance the activities of the Aboriginal Resource Centre.
In addition, research funding will bring international scholars and students together to study Indigenous traditions of area people and advance knowledge and understanding of land tenure, cultural preservation, Native-settler relations, Indigenous language revitalization and conflict resolution.
Integrated Learning: The Centre for Integrated Learning and Career Development will mobilize bold ideas to create a unique student experience that integrates academics with opportunities for students to hone their skills and accelerate their careers through community service and co-op placements.