Poverty Studies Summer Institute

The Poverty Studies Summer Institute is a unique study opportunity that brings together students and practitioners into an intimate learning community to explore the causes and impacts of poverty and best practices in how to alleviate and end it. The program consists of various one-week intensive courses as well as a variety of workshops and events, providing both the knowledge and skill base to work effectively in the practice of poverty reduction. Courses may be eligible for credit for Ambrose University degree programs.


Program 2019

Non-credit Professional Development Workshops and Courses

Gender-Based Analysis

This 1 day workshop provides an overview of assessing the impacts of policies and programs through from the perspective of gender, as well as other dimensions of exclusion.

Non-credit - April 29
Instructor: Dr. Rita Yembilah, Canadian Poverty Institute, Ambrose University
Cost: Free

Understanding the Market Basket Measure

The “Market Basket Measure” is a way of determining the income level of income necessary to maintain a standard of living above poverty. Canada’s new national poverty reduction strategy has adopted the Market Basket Measure as Canada’s Official Poverty Line. Come learn about how the Market Basket Measure is calculated and how it can be used for poverty reduction work.

Non-credit - May 15
Presented by: Statistics Canada
Cost: Free

Advocacy for Social Change

This non-credit course provides an overview of the Canadian political process along with opportunities and strategies for influencing change. Learn about how to effectively organize and advocate for policies and decisions that reduce poverty.

Non-credit - May 27-31
Instructor: Derek Cook, Canadian Poverty Institute, Ambrose University
Cost: Free

The Action of Resilience: A Workshop on Reconciliation

Learn about the process of reconciliation and how to apply the principles of reconciliation and decolonization in your organization. This two day workshop will bring together First Nation presenters and participants while utilizing the VALS (Venue, Language, Action, and Song) system to begin to understanding how a population has worked beyond poverty for generations.

Non-credit - May 27-28
Instructor: Anita Crowshoe, Vibrant Communities Calgary
Cost: Free

Including the Voice of Lived Experience

Including persons with a lived experience of poverty in planning and decision-making improves your organization’s performance and empowers the community. Learn principles and practices for effective inclusion from one of Canada’s foremost poverty reduction expert organizations.

Non-credit - May 29
Instructor: Alison Homer, Tamarack Institute
Cost: Free

Trauma-Informed Care: Building a Culture of Strength

Compassionate and trauma-informed care is essential to providing effective support and building sustainable services. This workshop explores how to build a trauma-informed culture in a workplace setting that integrates knowledge throughout the organization. Participants will develop an understanding of the pervasive impact of trauma on individual health and relationships.

Non-credit - June 4
Presented by: the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute
Cost: Free

Building Inclusive Communities

This workshop explores effective ways of building inclusive communities for people who are vulnerable. The morning focusses on practical techniques for building community. During the afternoon, a specific focus will be placed on supporting persons with disabilities.

Non-credit - June 5
Instructor: Cara Milne, MPowered Planning
Cost: Free

Data and the Common Good

Data is important for understanding poverty and its impacts. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to available data sources that can help us better understand our community. Participants will learn key data concepts, what information is available and how to use the available data for effective planning, evaluation and research.

Non-credit - June 6
Presented by: Community Data Program
Cost: Free

Courses for credit

Psychological Impacts of Poverty

An exploration of the impacts of poverty on human psychological development. This course will examine the effects of poverty on the maturation of the brain; cognitive, social and emotional abilities; and health outcomes.  Also considered will be the influence of living in poverty on the understanding of self and other and on how this influence contributes to risk and resilience. Instruction will consist of lectures, class activities and development of a targeted intervention strategy.

PS 307 - May 21-25
Instructor: Dr. Alex Sanderson, Ambrose University
Cost: $500.00 (Low-income subsidy available)

Biblical Theology of Justice

A scriptural exploration of the nature of justice and a Christian response to injustice.  Both the Old and New Testaments will be studied to understand God's desire for justice and the call to action in our lives, in the Church and in the world.

BT 601 - May 20-24
Instructor: Dr. Beth Stovell, Ambrose University
Cost: $500.00 (Low-income subsidy available)


Registration and Fees

Non-Credit Courses and Workshops: Free

Academic Courses:

  • Non Students Registering for Audit: $500

Subsidies may be available to support low-income participants.

Register for Academic Credit (Open Studies Students)

  • Cost: $1361 / course

    • subject to change

Ambrose University Students

Accommodation is available for out of town students in the Ambrose University residence at a rate of $50.00 per day or $275.00 per week. Please email SpecialEvents for more information about residence accommodation.

For More Information Contact: PovertyInstitute@ambrose.edu