Director’s Message

Michelle Lam

Michelle Lam, Director of CARES

Welcome to BU CARES! Rural and Aboriginal student success is at the heart of all that we do. We have researchers working on understanding more about what success means, how students can feel like they belong, what supports are necessary, how we can work together to put those supports in place, how to combat discrimination and racial bias, how to foster strong identities, and more. The particular research interests of our various projects are all brought together under the umbrella of deep caring and desire to see rural and Aboriginal students succeed.

We bring together the interests of community groups and the interests of researchers to form a collaboration because we believe that we are stronger when we are working together.

You can think of BU CARES as a research hub, a conduit for community-university connections, a knowledge brokerage, or all three. We also provide training and support for student researchers and faculty members in their own research projects.

Please feel free to browse our website. All reports and publications from past research projects are free, and we have a weekly periodical, Research Connection, that features a 2-page summary of a recent research project from Brandon University. Be sure to also check out our podcast, Research Connection Podcast.