Canisius College Video Institute

The award-winning Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community.  Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to the world today.  It provides students with a context for real-world learning and for doing social justice.


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Video Institute Home on VimeoService Video Projects

Social Documentaries Kaleidoscope Episodes 


Service-Oriented Video Projects

The Canisius College Video Institute has worked with nearly 70 non-profit organizations and community agencies to help them advance their missions. The Video Institute has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of our neighbors in Western New York and around the world. These projects reflect the Video Institute’s goal of using film and video to make a difference in the world and bring about positive change.

If you have a project you would like to propose to the Video Institute, please choose the appropriate form below, and return it as an e-mail attachment to Dr. Barbara Irwin.

Community Service Agencies/Non-profits (MS Word)

Documentary Film and Television Productions

The Video Institute has produced eleven 30-minute documentaries, and collaborates with the Network of Religious Communities to produce Kaleidoscope, a monthly television program about religious diversity that airs on WGRZ-TV (Buffalo’s NBC affiliate) and Time Warner Cable.

Click here to view archived Kaleidoscope episodes.


The Video Institute’s work has been screened at film festivals and broadcast locally and regionally on cable and public television. Productions have earned local, regional, and national awards, often competing with video and film work created by seasoned professionals in the industry.

Public Screenings

Screenings of student video projects on campus are free and open to the public.

For information or to get involved in the Canisius College Video Institute, please e-mail Barb Irwin, PhD, at @email or call (716) 888-2108.


Students work in the Western New York community and travel to venues worldwide to produce public service-oriented video projects profiling college programs, as well as community service and humanitarian agencies.

To view projects completed by the Canisius College Video Institute, please click here.

For an application to be part of this program, fill out this form.


The Video Institute was founded in 2005 by Barbara J. Irwin, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies, through a Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professorship. Initially funded by a grant from Canisius College and the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Video Institute has received generous grants from the East Hill Foundation, The Western New York Foundation, and the Perry Foundation to continue its mission. The Video Institute is also grateful for the support received from Canisius alumni. To make a gift, click here. (Under "Other Designations," please indicate The Video Institute.)

The Canisius College Video Institute is co-directed by Dr. Irwin and Jamie O'Neil, Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Media Arts program at Canisius.