The Role of Universities in Society
The intersecting crises of the pandemic, soaring inequality, the climate emergency, and the urgent need to combat systemic racism, are driving universities to raise big questions about their role as change agents.
Universities are reconfiguring their missions and structures to address societal issues with greater intention, focus and impact.
Over the course of 2020-21, a group of Canadian university presidents met to develop this story of how universities are accelerating and scaling their efforts to build a resilient, equitable and low-carbon world for present and future generations, in partnership with, and benefiting, our students, and our collective communities. These conversations were convened by McConnell, and animated by Presidents’ vision.
This paper articulates the unique and important role for universities in the rapidly-changing contexts of today.
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