CEGEP wrestles with how to prevent radicalization

April 20, 2015

The Montreal Gazette has published a piece looking at how Montreal CEGEP Collège de Maisonneuve is wrestling with why some of its students have fallen prey to radicalization. "When this happens, you feel very guilty for not having saved a child. Because that's how we see it here, as saving a student," said Brigette Desjardins, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Maisonneuve. The CEGEP has implemented anti-radicalization programs, and has created an anonymous form that students and staff can use to report any concerning behaviour. The CEGEP is also working with a social worker from a local anti-radicalization centre. However, Desjardins says that there are rarely specific signs that students have embraced extremist ideologies. "Was there a typical profile? The answer is no," she said. Montreal Gazette