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Diversities of resilience: Strategies for success

Why are some students more successful than others at graduating from university or other post-secondary institutions? Moving beyond a focus on barriers to success, this SSHRC-funded project, entitled Diversities of resilience: Understanding the strategies for success used by underrepresented students in Canadian universities, aims to understand how students who have overcome those barriers are successful. This project surveyed 690 students and interviewed 27 students who were nearing graduation and who had recently graduated. All students nearing graduation and recent graduates were welcome to take part. We were particularly interested in hearing from students from diverse backgrounds across Canada. Researchers are located at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario; Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba.

  • Survey participants were entered into a draw for one of three $50 gift cards or a grand prize of an iPad.
  • Interview participants (maximum 30) received $20 each.

Research team:


University of Winnipeg

Mount Saint Vincent University

University of the Fraser Valley

  • Alyson E. King, PhD (Principal Investigator)
  • Allyson Eamer, PhD
  • Nawal Ammar, PhD (Currently located at Rowan University, USA)
  • Lorena Fontaine, LLM
  • Susan Brigham, PhD
  • Fiona McQuarrie, PhD

Community Partners:


Nova Scotia

  • Intercultural Dialogue Institute—GTA (Ontario, Canada)
  • Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (Nova Scotia, Canada)


For more information, contact Details about our findings can be found at:

This project is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant.