How might we increase access to post-secondary education for students who could not normally afford to attend university?

Challenge Summary

There are many areas of underrepresentation: economic, racial, rural-urban divide, sexuality, gender etc. (examples of underrepresentation: woman in engineering, men in nursing, poor people in universities, indigenous people in universities, etc.)

Identify the effects of underrepresentation on people’s lives & the relation of education to improve people’s livelihoods

Ask why people are underrepresented and the systems which enforce underrepresentation

What benefits will there by once we can solve underrepresentation?

How can we understand underrepresentation as a dynamic model which may never reach static equilibrium (i.e. there will always be underrepresented peoples)?

Why do so many people seek to go to university to improve their livelihood? Does it work?

Many people’s post-secondary ambitions framed by their upbringing (baby → pre-k → kindergarten → elementary → secondary)

Sustainable Development Goals


The BEST program is a unique entrepreneurship initiative that integrates Lassonde School of Engineering, Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Law School.

BEST offers the environment, culture, and resources to help students appreciate how they can use technology to solve societal challenges and grow as entrepreneurs. The 3 pillars of BEST include:

Ways to engage with BEST Lassonde

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