The International Community Outreach Program (iCOP) is a newly formed student club that aims to expose the Concordia student community to international development issues through a wide range of activities, including guest speakers, an annual international development week conference, workshops, and graduate level work placements in developing nations.
iCOP aims to enhance student life by providing a wide range of students with numerous opportunities to increase their knowledge and understanding of the social, economic, and environmental challenges faced by developing nations. Furthermore, iCOP aims to further engage students in order to increase their involvement in the community, both locally and globally. Ultimately, our goal is to provide Concordia students with the necessary tools so that they themselves can become global citizens and social leaders.
Although we are careful to ensure that our activities touch on all areas of sustainability, we wish to pay particular attention to social and economic development. Through our research, we believe that Concordia University has been quite strong on the environmental front. However, we have identified that a gap exists, insofar as there have not been as many opportunities for students to further their knowledge of economic and social development.
Years funded: 2009-10, 2013-14
Project leader: Tara Walker