With over 18 and a half years of experience at post-secondary education settings in Canada and the United States, Dr. Iwasaki's work involves respectfully engaging and mobilizing population groups who are often marginalized to address significant societal challenges, such as cross-cultural issues, social exclusion/inclusion, and mental health issues. Using a holistic, meaning-oriented, and strengths-based approach, his transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral team’s work (including participatory action research, PAR) aims to build thriving communities and provide an effective support system through co-creating and co-implementing people-centered solutions in diverse communities. The integration of “engagement scholarship” into such work has been a recent focus. Dr. Iwasaki’s research team has worked with and engaged Indigenous peoples, culturally diverse “high-risk/at-risk” youth, and persons with disabilities such as mental illness to address social justice issues in a global context. Since 2011 his interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral team has been using a youth-guided PAR approach to respectfully engaging and supporting high-risk youth, by strategically mobilizing youth leadership to inspire and mobilize youth (e.g., Aboriginal, immigrant, and street-involved youth) as agents for positive changes at personal, social, and system levels. Another area of his team’s recent exploration includes the role of leisure engagement in meaning-making. With over $5 million external research support including federal grants from NIH, SSHRC, and CIHR, his work has appeared in over 85 refereed academic and professional journal articles.