University Workshops in Vancouver
Students for High-Impact Charity (SHIC) helps any student who wishes to make an exceptional impact on the world. The SHIC program challenges students to ask not only “How can I make the world a better place?” but also, “How can I make the biggest possible difference?”
Our workshops consist of group activities, videos and discussions, and are designed to challenge students to think critically about their impact using evidence and reason, across a wide range of causes. Our program is completely free for University and College clubs and lectures.
To register your interest email David Vatousios, our Vancouver educator on firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHIC workshops explore ethics, social responsibility, and how we can use evidence to make a large impact on the world. The emphasis is on what students can do now, and in their future careers, to make the largest positive difference they can.
The workshops are adjustable in length. Ideally the program takes one lecture slot, however we can run shortened versions or multiple presentations of up to 4 hours in total.
- “The Giving Game”, where the students are tasked with selecting the charity they deem as having the biggest impact. Students are given $5 of real money to donate to the charity they choose at the end of the activity.
- Thought-provoking quizzes to bring out students’ misconceptions about the world.
- Mind-bending ethical puzzles to explore our obligations to others.
- Videos and discussions on some of the world’s pressing issues such as global poverty, our treatment of animals, and threats to humanity from future technologies.
SHIC has alternative programs to suit various different clubs and lectures, and is ideal for
- Leadership Groups
- Ethics Lectures
- Philosophy Clubs
- Charity and Global Citizenship Groups
- Social Justice Groups
- Humanitarian Engineers
- Mathematics and Science Clubs
- Psychology clubs
- Political Science clubs
- Animal Advocacy Groups
- Groups interested in international service opportunities
How does the SHIC program benefit students?
Applying critical thinking to making the world better.
SHIC reveals cognitive biases and misconceptions, showing students that their intuitions might not be as reliable as they’d like to think. Throughout the program, students learn key critical thinking skills that will allow them to question their preconceptions about themselves and the world. SHIC incorporates scientific ideas (such as randomized controlled trials), statistics and economics to explain how global initiatives use evidence to improve lives.
Through philosophical inquiry, students are exposed to new ideas about who and what they could care about, and are encouraged to develop their own ethical positions. Students consider how they could help those outside their immediate community, including those who live far away from them, animals, and those who are not yet born.
Young people can be bombarded by news reports about a multitude of serious issues in the world, so empathetic students can be faced with indecision about which problem to act on. SHIC provides a framework on how to prioritize causes, so students can decide the most impactful path for them. Most students are surprised at just how great their impact can be.
The most effective charities are estimated to be between ten and a hundred times more effective at improving lives than the average charity. SHIC teaches students how to analyse charities and identify those that are outstanding. By focusing on high-impact charities, students can learn how to achieve a significantly greater impact with their fundraisers.
Guiding careers for good.
SHIC reveals how students can heighten their impact through their studies and career choices. Often the most impactful paths are not all that obvious.
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Support the SHIC Workshop Experiment
SHIC is seeking funding to allow us to get out to more students, and conduct an experiment to measure our program’s medium-term impact on students. Go to our funding page for more information and to donate.