Life as a Refugee Conference 2018

You are invited to participate in the 2018 10th Annual Life as a Refugee ConferenceAll Are Welcome Here’ to be held on Wednesday June 20th from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM (registration from 8:00 AM) to celebrate World Refugee Day. This event is organized by The London Cross Cultural Learner Centre, in partnership with Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, the London Public Library, Pillar Nonprofit Network, South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership,

To register please see: or contact Dalia Elbargisy at or by phone at 519-432-1133 ext. 226

Steering Committee minutes (for Wednesday, March 28, 2018)

Below are the minutes from CRHESI’s last Steering Committee meeting:

The next Steering Committee meeting is Wednesday, April 25, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Do you have updates or reports on projects or initiatives that should be shared at the CRHESI Steering Committee and with the agencies, researchers, and community leaders in the CRHESI ecosystem? Please get in touch with co-coordinator James Shelley at

CRHESI Academic Director Helene Berman named Distinguished University Professor

Congratulations to our Academic Director, Helene Berman, for being named a Distinguished University Professor by Western University.

“The Distinguished University Professorship Award acknowledges sustained excellence in scholarship over a substantial career at Western. The award includes a citation, the right to use the title, an opportunity for a public lecture and a $10,000 prize to be used for scholarly activity at any time.”

Helene Berman is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a recipient of the prestigious Excellence in Research Award of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International. She and her colleagues have attracted more than $7 million in research funding from Tri-Council agencies and Status Women Canada. Berman, who publishes and presents her work nationally and internationally, has held continuous support from external agencies since she joined Western in 1996. Her research has focused on the subtle and explicit forms of violence in the lives of women, girls, and youth. Using arts-based and narrative approaches, her findings have been used to influence the development of programs and policies. Berman is the inaugural Academic Director of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion in downtown London Ontario, which represents a new and important community engagement initiative for the advancement of knowledge-informed solutions through participatory community action.

Read more at Western News

Early April Events

CRHESI is collaborating with a range of community partners to bring three informative and engaging learning events to London in early April. Join us!

Documentary Screening: Us & Them

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 7:00pm-9:00pm
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library
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How do journalists report suicide in London?

Wednesday, April 4, 12:00pm-1:00pm
BMO Ideas Bank, Innovation Works
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What is the Future of Gender in Canadian Society?

Monday, April 9, 2018 7:00pm-8:30pm
Flex Space, Central Library
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What is the future of gender in Canadian society?

Join us at Central Library on Monday, April 9, at 7pm to take a 360° look at the way we think about gender as a society — a retrospective on the story thus far, and a speculative reflection about the future. How do global and national trends influence our immediate community? Full details at

Event made possible by Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion, London Public Library, Anova, and the Urban League of London.


Greta Bauer is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western University and an Affiliate Member of Women’s Studies & Feminist Research.

Michael Kehler is Research Professor in Masculinities’ Studies in Education at the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education

Nicole Nussbaum is a lawyer based in London, Ontario. She has a particular focus on, and extensive experience with, law and policy issues related to gender identity and gender expression.

AnnaLise Trudell (@annatrudell) is Manager of Education, Training & Research at Anova (formerly Women’s Community House & Sexual Assault Centre London).