Try to Stump the Senior Research Associate, or Adding Aboriginal Content to Business Courses

For the past few years, we've been encouraging profs in the SSOB to include Aboriginal content in their business courses. A case study here, a guest speaker there — something that would diversify the business examples presented to students. Why do we care about this? We believe that Aboriginal students in business will be more successful if they see themselves reflected in the curriculum. We also believe that by exposing non-Aboriginal students to Aboriginal business examples, these students will be more likely to partner with Aboriginal entrepreneurs, businesses, and communities in the future.

Late last week, however, I came to the realization that we should be providing support to our colleagues in this endeavour. So, on Monday morning I sent an email offering my services to help locate resources that could be used in business courses during 2014-15. Armed with information about the course and the type of resources the prof was looking for, I would to do the research to find examples that might fit with their syllabus. Videos, readings, case studies, contact information for guest speakers — pretty much anything was fair game.

I'm happy to report that so far I've heard from six colleagues who are interested in playing a game of "try to stump the Senior Research Associate." I've responded to three requests this week and will be meeting with the others in the next week or so. I'm enjoying the challenge and hopefully they will have something new and useful for their courses.

-Janice