Pre-conference workshops for C2UExpo 2015 will be held at Algonquin College on May 26, 2015, from 9am – 3:30pm (unless otherwise specified in the workshop descriptions below) with lunch included. Workshops will be organized and facilitated by the following organizations: Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning and Volunteer Canada, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, and Community-Based Research Canada. Following the pre-conference workshops will be free service learning site visits on Algonquin College’s campus where delegates will be able to learn about how the college engages and works with its various community partners.
We also invite all pre-conference workshop attendees to join us that evening for C2UExpo’s FREE open-to-community reception featuring a moving performance by the Dandelion Dance Company – a social justice dance troupe based here in Ottawa. If you are interested in attending this event, we ask that you please RSVP as soon as possible.
Questions about our pre-conference workshops? Please refer to the applicable workshop below for workshop descriptions and contact information.
In this workshop we invite national and global leaders and participants to take a critical and creative look at the impacts of community-campus research collaboration as part of higher education’s role in public engagement, focused on how we can collectively improve societal well-being and institutional transformation. In the first half of the workshop presenters will share impact frameworks and tools; how impact is being measured and also what kinds of specific programs, policies and funding they think are needed to increase impact and action at all levels of society, locally, nationally and globally. Specifically this will include what might be done for the specific jurisdictions in Canada, especially at the provincial level in higher education and at the federal level in research.
In the second half of the workshop we will focus on next steps for action in Canada:
#1.What are priority policy changes that we can act on? Specifically, how can we promote funding to support programs and implement these policies?
#2. How do ‘impact’ and policy intersect with enabling action in domain areas identified as priorities in a recent CBRC member survey (e.g., rising inequality, poverty reduction, food security, Indigenous community health/leadership/justice, and environmental sustainability)?
#3. Finally, what are the new opportunities and priorities for CBRC, acting collectively with other partners and networks, to build inter-sector support and a national and global movement?
Everyone is welcome. Supporting the C2UExpo 2015 thematic focus on policy and collective action, CBRC will use this valuable opportunity to build its national strategy. For more information visit the CBRC website or contact Maeve Lydon – CBRC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost to attend workshop: $10/Person
Come and meet fellow ‘practicioners’ for an energizing pre-conference workshop for those involved in community-based research and/ or working in the engagement space between the community and academia. The Engaged Practice Learning Exchange (EPLE) emerged from work between Canada and the UK (CBRC, UVic and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement-UK) as part of their joint partnership goal to “Stimulate innovation in engaged practice and develop institutional cultures that support it”. Whether you are a faculty, administrator, staff, student, volunteer and/or from other community sectors and groups you are welcome to the EPLE: a forum for those engaged in community-university engagement initiatives and institutional structures to develop innovative practices. C2UExpo 2015 will provide a face-to-face opportunity to grow this community of practice. The goals for EPLE are: to share knowledge, drawing on both practical and theoretical dimensions of engagement; to develop our practice, considering effective skills and methods; to network and discuss the ways and means engaged practice is developed in different local and global contexts. For more information visit the CBRC or NCCPE websites or contact Maeve Lydon – CBRC staff at email@example.com.
Cost to attend workshop: $10/Person
Led by Tamarack’s, Liz Weaver sponsored by the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning this hands on workshop will lead participants through building their knowledge of collective impact, assessing, where and if it fits with their community work, and providing take away tools for moving forward. It is targeted to community leaders, volunteer centres, and community engaged scholars.
This interactive full day workshop will provide participants with an overview of Collective Impact and a variety of practical tools to move from theory to implementation. The workshop will also focus on the engagement of a variety of unique and often overlooked partners in collective impact efforts: volunteer centres, the business community and campus leadership. The participants will identify and discuss the unique contributions that each of these partners can make to advancing a collective community change effort. For more information, please contact Geri Briggs at Geri.Briggs@Carleton.ca
Cost to attend workshop: $75/person for members of CACSL or Volunteer Canada; $180/person for all others. To purchase a CACSL membership, please visit their website.
The Research Shop at the University of Guelph’s Community Engaged Scholarship Institute is an example of a responsive community facing mechanism, designed to facilitate community-campus research partnerships. Research or science shops can be located in community or higher education institution – can be led by faculty, staff or students, and can focus on interdisciplinary or more discipline specific responses to community concerns. If you are keen to build your own model to create pathways to contribute to local or regional issues, join us for a full day workshop to create a structure and plan for your institution or community. Insight on how to build, run and support a thriving shop will be provided by staff and student facilitators from the University of Guelph and complemented by further examples and evaluation know-how from the Living Knowledge Network and Groningen Science Shop. Special attention will be given to fundamentals on institutional mechanisms, resources required, steps in brokering projects and how to engage citizens and university actors. Please click here for a more detailed description of the workshop. For more information, please contact Linda Hawkins firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost to attend workshop: $10/Person
Community campus partnerships are essential to addressing health issues affecting the most vulnerable members of our communities. Historically, community practitioners have focused on aspects of service and program delivery while advancing the policy implications of their work has been viewed as the domain of professional associations and advocacy organizations. To sustain initiatives aimed at building heathier communities, we need to engage decision-makers in developing health-promoting policies. Recognizing the importance of context and culture, this session will explore the shared challenges and successful strategies needed to work in partnership with communities to engage policy makers and ensure that effective programs and practices shape policies. For more information, please contact Faye Ziegeweid email@example.com
Cost to attend workshop: $25/Person