San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
For the second year
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
8:00am-8:30am - Registration
8:30am-9:00am - Opening Remarks
9:00am-10:00am - Panel Discussion: "Community Engaged Learning at Western: Strengthening Student Learning and Building Community Capacity"
10:00am - 10:15am - Refreshment Break
10:15 - 11:30am - Concurrent Sessions
a. "Fostering Student Learning Outside of the Classroom: Empowering Community as Co-Educators" (UCC147A)
b. "Creating Successful Community-University Partnerships" (The Student Success Centre, UCC210, Seminar Room)
c. "Sharing Stories: Perspectives on Student Learning and Narrative Ways of Knowing in Community-Based Participatory Research” (UCC147B)
11:30am-12:15pm - Lunch
12:15pm-1:15pm - Keynote - Paul Born, President and Co-Founder of Tamarack Institute (www.tamarackcommunity.ca)
1:15pm - 2:00pm - Group Discussion and Reflection
2:00pm - Event Close
"Community Engaged Learning at Western: Strengthening Student Learning and Building Community Capacity"
The participants on this multi-disciplinary panel will share stories of their experiences with Community Engaged Learning – a pedagogy through which community-university partnerships are facilitated for the mutual benefit of students and community organizations. What are the cornerstones of effective partnerships? What outcomes have been achieved? What challenges do faculty encounter when they undertake this complex work? Engage Western attendees will participate in roundtable dialogues in order to develop critical questions for our panelists.
- Dr. Joel Faflak – Director, School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities (SASAH)
- Dr. Abe Oudshorn – Assistant Professor & Year 4 Coordinator, Collaborative Nursing Program
- Carolyn Young – Director, Continuing Studies at Western
- Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic – Associate Professor, School of Health Studies
Session A: "Fostering Student Learning Outside of the Classroom: Empowering Community as Co-Educators" (UCC147A)
Facilitated by: Anne-Marie Fischer, The Student Success Centre and Dr. Wendy Crocker, Teaching Support Centre
When Western students engage in the community, they are afforded the opportunity to move their learning from traditional academic structures to being grounded in experience within the community. If we see "community as classroom", how can members of organizations become co-educators and help students achieve the deep learning community engagement strives for? How can community partners be a part of the teaching and learning process? This session will focus on the role of community partners as "co-educators" and will provide community partners with some ideas and tools of how they can foster learning outside of the classroom. Concepts of reflection and reflective practice will be discussed, and participants will emerge with an understanding of reflection and how reflection is enacted to produce the best results for learning.
Session B: "Creating Successful Community-University Partnerships" (UCC210 - The Student Success Centre)
Community-university partnerships come in many forms and involve faculty, students and staff working with community partners (not-for-profits, public and private sector organizations, associations) to provide programs, services or resources that enhance student learning and build the capacity of the community and university. Using examples from Western, this workshop will discuss the purpose of community-university partnerships and explore the key elements required to build a successful partnership. We will examine the basic steps involved to develop a new community-university partnership and identify obstacles and challenges that may arise.
Session C: "Sharing Stories: Perspectives on Student Learning and Narrative Ways of Knowing in Community-Based Participatory Research” (UCC147B)
Facilitated by: Joel R. Burton, Public Humanities at Western, with the Indigenous Health Lab and Stories of Illness and Health
Stories connect us with each other, helping stitch people together in community, understood geographically or otherwise. Just as stories help connect one another, the use of storytelling in research can help connect the community to the university. This learning workshop will help you consider the capacity of storytelling to connect the varied needs of community to the mission of the modern research university, seeking to balance the priority areas of research, teaching, and service – more often than not in that order of importance. Noteworthy in the attempt to balance these priorities are a number of projects and partnerships that bring together research, teaching, and service in a more unified process of sharing knowledge with community through the practice of storytelling. After exploring the rich history of using participatory media in Canada for projects between campus and community, this workshop will feature two current teams of students and researchers from Western University working with communities near and far on community-based storytelling initiatives, where citizen participants come together to share their stories with diverse audiences. What is community-based participatory research? How can citizen participation in community-based storytelling initiatives create the conditions for social change? Can the critical method of humanities-based inquiry come to bear on the qualitative methods of the social sciences and health sciences? Considering these questions and others, participants will gain a new understanding of student learning and citizen participation in community-university partnerships.
About our Keynote Speaker
Paul Born, President, Tamarack Institute - Paul Born grew up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia as the son of Mennonite refugees. This in part is what made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good, work that he describes as collective altruism. He holds a Masters degree in Leadership is considered a global leader in helping organizations and communities to develop innovative ideas that motivate people to collaborative action.
Paul is the President and cofounder of the Tamarack Institute which since 2001 has provided leadership in Canada on issues of citizen engagement, collaborative leadership and community innovation. More than 12,000 subscribers engage in Tamarack’s learning communities. Tamarack also sponsors Vibrant Communities Canada, active in cities across the country and that has so far reduced the impact of poverty for more than 200,000 people.
Prior to Tamarack, Paul was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Community Opportunities Development Association one of Canada’s leading community economic development organizations that was recognized by the United Nations as one of the top 40 projects in the world. Paul was elected into the world’s largest network of social innovators, as a Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2013.