New degree, continuing education programs at U of G

Reflecting societal shifts and requirements, U of G is launching new degree and continuing education programs this year:

• A new Black Canadian studies minor in the College of Arts, being launched this fall, grew out of U of G president Dr. Charlotte Yates’s Anti-Racism Action Plan. The program was created in collaboration with the Guelph Black Students Association and will offer community-engaged and experiential learning with the Guelph Black Heritage Society.

• Also launching in the fall is Sexualities, Genders and Social Change, a multidisciplinary degree program within U of G’s BA program. The degree will explore scholarship of human identity, embodiment and self-expression and interconnections with social, political and cultural systems.

• With COVID-19 highlighting the need for skilled personal support workers for long-term care facilities, a new continuing education course launched this year is intended to enable Ontario PSWs to upgrade skills quickly and easily. The “micro-credential” program offered by U of G’s Open Learning and Educational Support department will address critical workforce shortages and improve quality of longterm care by mitigating employee burnout and improving resiliency and retention.

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