Advocacy Through Research

When it comes to issues that matter to students, we hit the books. Recently, Saitsa has championed a number of research initiatives about issues that directly affect the quality of student life.


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Researcher Profiles

Nicole MacInnis

Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) majoring in Sociology from Mount Royal University in 2013. Her area of expertise was research methodology and crime. She was particularly interested in violence against women. Her honours thesis asked the question “why do women not report sexual assault?” Nicole had the opportunity to put out a world-wide survey and received responses from Australia, Iran, New Zealand, Europe, Canada, and the United States.


During her time at Mount Royal Nicole was extremely engaged as a student. In addition to sitting on committees and councils at MRU, volunteering, working as a Research Assistant on various projects, and starting a scholarship for Arts students, Nicole was the first Canadian undergraduate student to win a seat on the Student Forum for the American Sociological Association where she served from 2014 through 2015. Additionally, she was the first student to get published in the Justice Report with her piece on former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Bill C-10 (known as the tough on crime legislation).


In 2017 Nicole graduated with her Master’s degree from the University of Manitoba. Again, interested in crime and research methodology. Nicole again worked with the Student forum through the American Sociological Association, and continued to publish and present her work across Canada including her Master’s thesis Sexual Assault Reporting Rates in Canada: An Exploration of Factors Involved in Victims Reporting Decisions.


Prior to coming to Saitsa, Nicole worked with victims of crime ensuring they could navigate the criminal justice system. She helped victims apply for compensation both from the Government and through restitution orders. Nicole also helped victims write their victim impact statements, apply for court ordered restitution, and provided support through the court process.


Nicole started working for Saitsa in November 2021 where she has been spearheading Saitsa’s current research on student well-being slated to wrap up in late 2023.


Areas of Research Interest:

Legal Studies

Criminology

Methods

Violence Against Women

Student Issues

Well-Being and Mental Health

Legislation


Publications:

(Pending) MacInnis, Nicole. 2023. Student Wellbeing in the SAIT Community through Focus Group Engagement. Saitsa.


(Pending) MacInnis, Nicole. Freuda-Agyeman, Kelvin. 2023. Student Wellbeing: A Literature Review. Saitsa.


MacInnis, Nicole. 2022. Return to Campus Report. Saitsa.

Full text Available:

https://saitsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Return-to-Campus-Research-Report_Final.pdf


MacInnis, Nicole. 2017. Sexual Assault Reporting Rates in Canada: An Exploration of Factors Involved in Victims Reporting Decisions. University of Manitoba.

Full text available: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/360654649_Sexual_Assault_Reporting_Rates_in_Canada_An_Exploration_of_Factors_Involved_in_Victims_Reporting_Decisions


MacInnis, Nicole. 2013.Human Trafficking: The Complexities of a Global Definition. Behavioural Science Undergraduate Journal 1(1).

Full text available: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331912423_Human_Trafficking_The_Complexities_of_a_Global_Definition


MacInnis, Nicole. 2012. A Students Perspective on Bill C-10: Part 2.. Over Legislation and Over Incarcerations: The USA Situation, and the Effect on Youth. Canadian Criminal Justice Association, The Justice Report 27(3)

Full text available:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/360654626_A_Students_Perspective_on_Bill_C-10_Part_2_Over_Legislation_and_Over-Incarceration_the_USA_Situation_and_the_Effect_on_Youth


MacInnis, Nicole. 2012. A Students Perspective on Bill C-10: The Americanization of Canadian Corrections, Part 1. The Canadian Criminal Justice Association, The Justice Report 27(3).

Full text available:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/360654295_A_STUDENT’S_PERSPECTIVE_ON_BILL_C-10_THE_AMERICANIZATION_OF_CANADIAN_CORRECTIONS_Part_I


Kelvin Fredua-Agyeman

Kelvin Fredua-Agyeman, B.A

Policy Development Coordinator

 

Kelvin is the policy coordinator in the Saitsa governance and advocacy department. He graduated from Mount Royal university in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in policy studies with a minor in economics. Kelvin is currently a master’s student in the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. His current research interests revolve around social policy, post-secondary institutions, and Canadian politics. Kelvin is currently working on a research project investigating food insecurity and how it affects post-secondary educational outcomes.

 

Areas of Research interest:

Social Policy

Post-secondary Institutions

Canadian politics

 

Publications

(Pending) MacInnis, Nicole. Freuda-Agyeman, Kelvin. 2023. Student Wellbeing: A Literature Review. Saitsa.

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