The University of Calgary is collaborating with Alberta’s Sikh community to build a long-term Sikh Studies program at the post-secondary institution, which hopes to be the first of its kind in Canada. The university’s plan is to create a three-year full-time appointment in Sikh Studies. They also hope to expand the number of courses available, further develop their research in this field, and help to create community engagement. The Sikh Studies initiative aim is to give students the tools to think about the Sikh worldview in both Canadian and global contexts. The program's courses will help students to apply and embrace diversity, pluralism, and empathy for others.
The university's longer-term plan is to establish a Chair of Sikh Studies at the campus.
How Sikh studies will make a change?
The university is collaborating with members of Alberta’s Sikh community to ensure that they develop programming that stays relevant to a global framework through:
- Teaching – Create a three-year full-time appointment in Sikh Studies.
- Research – Strengthen research and scholarly creation that involve the UCalgary and Sikh communities.
- Learning – Expand current course selection by adding senior-level courses focusing on Sikh thought in practice.
- Community – Facilitate community engagement and dialogue for learning, and create a longer-term vision for a Chair in Sikh Studies.
UCalgary is home to a large and highly engaged Sikh community; however, the program will be open to all students, regardless of their background.
The University’s faculty of arts has committed funds, but community support is also needed to launch the program.
Anyone interested in donating or learning more can visit the Sikh Studies’ Crowdfunding page.