Engaging Student Mothers Creatively: Animated Stories of Navigating University, Inner City, and Home Worlds


  • Lise Kouri
  • Tania Guertin
  • Angel Shingoose




community student engagement, animation, social determinants of health, social justice, qualitative health approaches, critical collaboration, knowledge mobilization


The article discusses a collaborative project undertaken in Saskatoon by Community Engagement and Outreach office at the University of Saskatchewan in partnership with undergraduate student mothers with lived experience of poverty. The results of the project were presented as an animated graphic narrative that seeks to make space for an under-represented student subpopulation, tracing strategies of survival among university, inner city and home worlds. The innovative animation format is intended to share with all citizens how community supports can be used to claim fairer health and education outcomes within system forces at play in society. This article discusses the project process, including the background stories of the students. The entire project, based at the University of Saskatchewan, Community Engagement and Outreach office at Station 20 West, in Saskatoon’s inner city, explores complex intersections of racialization, poverty and gender for the purpose of cultivating empathy and deeper understanding within the university to better support inner city students. amplifying community voices and emphasizing the social determinants of health in Saskatoon through animated stories.

Author Biographies

Lise Kouri

Lise Kouri is a Master’s student in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, under Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer. Her current research concerns alternative food networks, resilience and resistance within a colonized environment in Saskatoon. She is also a team member of the U of S community engagement and outreach office Station 20 West where she recently produced and designed two animation projects.

Tania Guertin

Angel Shingoose has completed 3 years in the Indigenous Teaching Education Program at the University of Saskatchewan. She currently contributes to knowledge mobilization efforts for the project through presentations and other media. Angel looks forward to finishing her degree and becoming an ITEP graduate.

Angel Shingoose

Tania Guertin is a recent University of Saskatchewan graduate with a BA in Indigenous Studies. In June 2017, she will have completed her BSW degree with the University of Regina. In her role as collaborator on the project, Tania contributes to knowledge mobilization efforts through trainings, presentations, panel discussions and other media. Tania’s hope is to continue to work in knowledge mobilization, advocacy and social justice.




How to Cite

Kouri, L., Guertin, T., & Shingoose, A. (2017). Engaging Student Mothers Creatively: Animated Stories of Navigating University, Inner City, and Home Worlds. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 2(2), 103–114. https://doi.org/10.15402/esj.v2i2.172



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