The Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative focuses on the social, economic, cultural and political implications of the movement and transnational settlement of people. The Initiative was launched in 2011 with the support of the Office of the VP Research and International. In 2015, the MDS Initiative developed Canada’s first undergraduate program in Migration and Diaspora Studies with the launch of the Migration and Diaspora Studies Specialization in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies program, and received a Carleton University Building Connections Award for its activities across campus that have had a sustained impact on research and teaching.