Interdisciplinary, Mentorship, Practice, Applied, Community, Transformative (IMPACT)
The IMPACT Initiative is an interdisciplinary collaboration that engages undergraduate and graduate students from Engineering, Biology/Science, Occupational Therapy, and Medicine, McMaster Alumni, Community Healthcare Partners, and volunteer clients. The IMPACT Initiative involves a learning process whereby students from different academic disciplines come together to understand, appreciate, and address challenges experienced by our aging population and people living with disabilities. IMPACT co-leaders Dr. Robert Fleisig (Engineering), Dr. Lovaye Kajiura (Biology/Science), Dr. Brenda Vrkljan (Occupational Therapy), and Dr. Liz Hassan (Engineering) teach students how to improve the lives of our aging population and that of people with disabilities. The IMPACT project drives student creativity, innovation, and community engagement. The interdisciplinary exchange of ideas successfully creates meaningful learning experiences that lead to positive community change.