Toronto Metropolitan University Library is excited to announce the recipients of the 2019 DME Creators Grant. Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science student Kelly Bang, School of Disability Studies student Paul Benson, Faculty of Community Services student Alannah Fricker, and Ted Rogers School of Management students Hansel Igbavboa and Mazin Kanuga will receive funding to complete individual passion projects that address current social issues.
In September, 2018, the Library launched the DME Creators Grant as an initiative designed to support innovative undergraduate projects aimed at tackling local and systemic societal issues. The grant highlights experiential learning opportunities at the Library and provides both funding and mentorship to recipients.
The successful applicants will design projects that address issues relating to: increased awareness of disabled communities; public safety on campus; minority representation in media; racial discrimination; and harm reduction. Through the creation of websites, documentaries, interactive art and public installations, these talented students will place a spotlight on important topics while providing solutions for positive change. In addition to providing funding, Library grant facilitators will partner students with faculty and industry mentors. Students will have the opportunity to learn and develop the skills required to bring each project to fruition. Mentors will guide students using resources, tools and equipment available through the Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab, at the Library.
Students kick off their projects in May, and will present completed projects in early September. Presentations will be open to the public.