Message from the Principal

Colleen Hanycz

When Brescia University College was founded in 1919, it was very rare for a woman to pursue a university degree; yet, in recent history, women have outnumbered men on our campuses and we are seeing the tremendous impact that women’s access to education continues to have on the world around us. So, the question naturally follows: does a purpose remain for women’s colleges and universities?

Yes, it does. Evidence continues to demonstrate that single-sex education underpins the formation of leadership and the enhancement of academic success for girls and women. It is being shown in countless ways that an educational experience that is directed at optimizing learning for women specifically does exactly that. These high order learning outcomes simply cannot be delivered through a coeducational learning experience, however positive.

At Brescia, we are so excited about the opportunities that we offer the young women who study with us. Whether they choose to focus in Leadership or Nutritional Sciences or Psychology or English or any of our other strong academic programs, they experience a level of support, engagement and commitment to their success that is common across Brescia and second to none.

Brescia is committed to academic excellence and to the very best attributes of the liberal arts tradition. Our graduates are critical thinkers, effective communicators and community oriented. They also have achieved high capacity for working well in teams and demonstrate strong problem-solving capacity. Whether they continue on to graduate study or enter the workforce, Brescia students are prepared for leadership in the community around them.

How does this happen? Our students benefit from an enviable student-faculty ratio of 14:1, giving each student the opportunity to work closely with her professors in further stimulating her own success. Our students benefit from a ‘best of both worlds’ affiliation with Western University and the other two affiliates of Western, King’s and Huron University Colleges. These strong relationships allow for social, academic and extra-curricular experiences that are transformational.

I encourage you to meet Brescia’s exceptional faculty, starting here. As you think about the next step in your academic journey, consider the excellent opportunities to enhance your education through many academic offerings. This strong academic experience will be enhanced by an on-campus living experience that is truly exceptional, a leading library and beautiful nooks and crannies on a campus that will quickly become each student’s home away from home. We have countless opportunities for getting involved at Brescia, as each woman who studies with us discovers her “inner leader” and her own best self. Our Ursuline Catholic roots have led to an environment that is inclusive, accessible, empowering and affirming, whether you engage with our Campus Ministry program, our Student Life Centre or any number of other opportunities.

The result? A student experience that is rich, varied and life-changing. If this experience is of interest to you, I urge you to come for a visit and learn more about this exceptional and special place.

Principal Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. (law)


Principal’s Bio

Colleen HanyczDr. Colleen Hanycz was named Principal of Brescia University College in July 2008, making her only the second lay Principal in Brescia’s history. Dr. Hanycz completed her undergraduate history degree at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, after which she completed her LL.B. at Dalhousie University and her LL.M and Ph.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Following several years in practice as a commercial litigator, Dr. Hanycz served as an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she taught civil procedure, legal negotiation and dispute resolution, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her scholarship and teaching focus is on alternative dispute resolution and she has practised as a civil mediator for many years.

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