Global Community Challenge YYC

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What is the Challenge?

Now more than ever, organizations must demonstrate the ability to pivot and respond to issues and needs as they arise. Our world is facing new challenges as a result of the pandemic and other recent international and local events. The University of Calgary has engaged students and provided them with the opportunity to identify potential solutions for local organizations in the Calgary community that have an impact globally.

Winter 2021 Challenge Winners

This past winter we had 136 students from 23 universities in 13 countries work to solve 24 challenges set by 17 community organizations.

All of the teams came up with great solutions to their community partner's challenges but we had 3 that stood out as our winners. 

  • Harsimronjoot Sidhu (University of Calgary, Canada)  ​
  • Isis Harvey (University of Kent, United Kingdom)  ​
  • Karina Khan (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)  ​
  • Navreet Dhillon (University of Calgary, Canada)  ​
  • Alexa Fernanda Cruz Gómez (University of Guadalajara, Mexico)

Mentor: Moonkyung Min (PhD Student, Werklund School of Education)

  • Faith Moghaddami (University of Calgary, Canada)​​
  • Madelyn Beahan (University of Wollongong, Australia)​​
  • Luke Edgar (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)​​
  • Dionisios Bournias (Flinders University, Australia)​​
  • Anna Bragato (University of Trento, Italy)​​
  • Mayra Uribe (University of Guadalajara, Mexico)

Mentors: Sarath Kumar Jayaraman (PhD Student, Mathematics and Statistics) & ​Jacob C. Thundathil (Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Education and Internationalization, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

  • Lauren Baal (University of Auckland, New Zealand)​​
  • Chantal Vogel (University of Calgary, Canada)​​
  • Maria Gabriela Scarano Pereira (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)​

Mentors: Camille Antioquia (Student Recruitment Assistant, Enrolment Services) ​& Anayancy Solis (Senior Intl Projects Team Lead, Academic and Global Development, University of Calgary International)

Past winners

54 students from 17 universities in 14 countries worked to solve 9 challenges set by 6 community partners

  1. First Place: Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (Group #1​)

    Mentor: Aishwarya Khanduja​ (Researcher, Cumming School of Medicine)

    • Celia Sorrentino (Aix-Marseille Université, France)​
    • Chloé Balix (University College Groningen, the Netherlands)​
    • Emily Tetrault (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Jessica Revington (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Rhi McQuone (University of Sheffield, UK)​
    • Samuel López (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)​
  2. Second Place: The Immigrant Education Society (Group#2)

    Mentor: Nancy Olson​ (Agreements and Contracts Specialist, University of Calgary International)

    • Daniel Castillo (University San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador)​
    • Deborah Ola (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Ethan Holden (Oxford Brookes University, UK)​
    • Melissa Thiessen (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Paula Ramirez (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)​
    • Rafael Martin Del Campo De La Mora (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico)​ 
  3. Third Place: Centre for Newcomers Society of Calgary

    Mentors: Buffy St-Amand​ (Director, Strategic Projects and Global Initiatives, University of Calgary International) & Garrett Beatty​ (International Student Advisor, International Student Services)

    • Dariia Korotka (Graz University of Technology, Austria)​
    • Deena Gohar (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Ieesha Lagos Roberts (University of Calgary, Canada)​
    • Katherine May (University of Sheffield, UK)​
    • Lotte Kallio (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)​
    • Sofía Soria (University San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador)​