Colleen Loomis

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Associate Professor School of International Policy and Governance Waterloo, Ontario cloomis@wlu.ca Office: (519) 884-0710 ext. 2879

Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

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Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

Lori Chalmers Morrison
Director: Integrated Communications
lchalmersmorrison@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3067

Graham Mitchell
Director: Communications & Issues Management
gmitchell@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3070

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Beth Gurney
Associate Director: Communications & Public Affairs
bgurney@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 5753

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Bio/Research

I started conducting research internationally in 1996 with a school project in Kenya. Since then I have worked with non-government organizations and government organizations linking schools and communities. My research focuses on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically my studie...

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Bio/Research

I started conducting research internationally in 1996 with a school project in Kenya. Since then I have worked with non-government organizations and government organizations linking schools and communities. My research focuses on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically my studies examine factors that contribute to the first five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations, 2015): no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education and gender equality (SDG, UN2030 Agenda).

I conduct research at local, national and international levels. As an example, in Canada, I am examining longitudinal outcomes of government-school-community collaborations on families, children and cost-savings to government (2016-2021). Overall, my research program has informed policies and practices in schools, governments, and NGOs in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Madagascar and Laos.

The focus of my research is connecting education and communities. With my community partners and academic colleagues, I have examined how communities support the relation between an individual and places of learning such as schools, adult education programs, alternative learning communities and early childhood development programs. Conducting research in the U.S., Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, Lao and Switzerland, I have published on psychological sense of community, early childhood development, mentoring, service-learning and U.S. bilingual education. In writing, conducting research, teaching, mentoring and consulting, I facilitate, negotiate and synthesize understandings among multiple stakeholders often those with diverse backgrounds and views.


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