By Benoit-Antoine Bacon
Welcome to the first issue of Raven, a new showcase for the important and inspiring work we do at Carleton. With nearly 32,000 students in a city that matters — our national capital, Ottawa — we are a large and impactful place.
Traditionally, Carleton has also been a humble university, reluctant to tell our story and promote our work. As a consequence, perceptions of Carleton lag behind reality. This beautiful magazine is a step toward bridging that gap, a celebration of our sense of purpose and powerful momentum.
In the pages that follow, you will read about members of the Carleton community who are working to improve energy efficiency, share Indigenous stories, support refugees, advocate for health and wellness, safeguard our water and wildlife, alleviate the opioid crisis and much, much more.
In many of these articles, students, professors and alumni are speaking directly to you in either first-person or as-told-to format. We wanted their voices to be front and centre in the inaugural issue of Raven. They make our university great, and this is their magazine.
In today’s era of digital overload and fake news, launching a print publication is an act of countercultural resistance. It carries the insistence that these words and pictures are real, meaningful and lasting — that these stories matter.
Reading this issue, I was struck by the sense of resilience, purpose and gratitude it conveys. We invite you, friends and kindred spirits — busy people with challenging lives and careers who are striving toward a better world — to join us on this collective journey.
Neighbourhood Watch: Amid a Devastating Health Crisis and Rising Racial Tension, Carleton Researchers Are Evaluating...
Neighbourhood Watch: Amid a Devastating Health Crisis and Rising Racial Tension, Carleton Researchers Are Evaluating Ottawa’s New Community Policing Project
Ottawa Police Service Constable Vianney Calixte — a community officer who patrols his old stomping grounds, Vanier/Overbrook, in the city’s east end — used to sell insurance for a living. He’s a good talker and... More
Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle
Charlotte Smith is a sociology master’s student at Carleton. Her research is exploring the experiences of homeless youth, many of whom struggle with substance abuse — two major threads in her own life. Jeff Smith... More
Mind The Gap Nobel Prize Winner Gerhard Herzberg, Carleton’s Former Chancellor, on Scientific vs. Humanistic Thinking Most scientists have found in their non-scientist friends a lack of understanding of even the most elementary concepts of... More