25 January 2018

Is modern-day academia true to the “ivory tower” cliché? A new generation of leaders push against such conventional wisdom by emphasizing the bridges that universities and their doctoral programs can build across resources and expertise. Through their academic work, Bailey Gerrits, a 2015 Trudeau scholar, and Ashley Whillans actively counter the premise that research universities are solely sponsible for knowledge-creation and diffusion.

“Their frank and engaged ways evoke the image of a public square where people from all walks of life meet to exchange ideas, build dialogue, work together, but also simply sit down and chat,” analyzed Gina Beltran in University Affairs. Beltran has been a program officer responsible leadership and public interaction at the Foundation since 2016. Read the full article here.

Bailey Gerrits

Bailey Gerrits (political studies, Queen’s University) is examining media coverage of domestic violence and the way that Canadian media seem to portray this phenomenon as “un-Canadian.”

2015 Scholars

Gina Beltrán

Program Officer, Leadership and Public Interaction – on parental leave

2016 Team