Engage Western: Opening the Doors to Campus-Community Collaboration (AUCC Open Doors, Open Knowledge 2013)
Thursday, 14 November 2013 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM (EST)
Engage Western brings together campus representatives, community members and special guests to share perspectives and stories about the ways academic institutions partner with their community to mobilize knowledge, create positive social change, and acknowledge the role of the university in public life.
The event is part of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada's Open Doors, Open Knowledge national campaign of events on the theme of university-community engagement, taking place at universities across the country in November.
Engage Western opens with a panel discussion on community-university engagement, featuring visiting experts and voices from University and the local community, followed by roundtable dialogues, showcasing successful community-university partnerships.
The day will wrap with Stories of Health at Western, a public storytelling initiative and community-engaged research project, taking place at 6:30 p.m. at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library (Central Branch).
Engage Western is presented by Western’s Student Success Centre and the Public Humanities at Western.
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AGENDA (this portion of the day's events will take place in Mustang Lounge West, University Community Centre at Western)
9:00am -Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30am - Opening Remarks
9:45am - Panel Discussion - Perspectives on Community-University Engagement
(Panelists include Dr. Martin Taylor, Community Based Research Canada; Dr. Cheryl Forchuk, Lawson Research Institute; Maureen Golovchenko-Spencer, Pillar Nonprofit Network, Dr. Belinda Leach from the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship at University of Guelph; and Rick Ezekiel, The Student Success Centre at Western University)
12:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Roundtable Dialogues on Community-University Partnerships (featuring successful partnerships between Western and our local community and facilitated by Western faculty and staff and their community partners)
3:30pm - Closing Remarks for Day Portion
6:30pm - Launch of Stories of Health at Western (Wolf Performance Hall, Downtown London). Reception to follow.
This event is open to Western faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as community representatives.
More Information About Our Panelists
Martin Taylor, PhD is the Special Advisor for Community Based Research Canada. Founded in 2008, Community-Based Research Canada’s (CBRC) vision is to be a national champion and facilitator for community-based research (CBR) and campus-community engagement in Canada that is of socio-cultural, economic and environmental benefit to Canadians and Indigenous peoples in Canada. More information on Dr. Taylor’s background can be found here.
Belinda Leach, PhD is the Associate Dean, Research in the College of Applied and Human Sciences at the University of Guelph and a representative of the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship. ICES builds capacity for community engaged scholarship by strengthening faculty and student engagement with local, national and international communities of interest, addressing faculty reward development, and training faculty and students in knowledge mobilization. More information on Dr. Leach’s background can be found here.
Cheryl Forchuk, PhD is an exemplar of a community engaged researcher at Western University who wears many hats as a Professor and Associate Director of Nursing Research at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, with a cross appointment to the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. Forchuk is also a scientist and Assistant Director at Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario. Her current research includes exploring the capacity of the community to create, support, and evaluate housing for psychiatric consumers/survivors, nurse-client relationship, recovery from psychosis, the transition from hospital to community, housing issues related to mental health, and diversity issues related to homelessness. More information on Dr. Forchuk’s background can be found here.
Maureen Spencer Golovchenko has a diverse background in communications, strategy, project-management, customer relations, municipal affairs, and the non-profit sector. Maureen has been instrumental in the recent dialogue around campus-community collaborations in London, Ontario, in her role as Community Collaboration Program Manager with Pillar Nonprofit Network. Maureen is seen as a key player in bringing campuses and communities together through her extensive knowledge about collaboration and what is possible when collaborations make collective impact.
Rick Ezekiel is the Experiential Learning Team Coordinator in The Student Success Centre at Western University. Rick’s role is concerned with building important to connections to community and industry partners so to provide Western students with opportunities for personal, academic and leadership engagement while adding capacity into organizations. A large part of Rick’s role is ensuring that partnerships are of mutual benefit for all involved. Rick has a background in Psychology and Neuroscience, and is currently a PhD Candidate at OISE at the University of Toronto.
When & Where
This event is organized in response to the call by the AUCC to hold events that highlight the important ties that are made between an educational institution and its local community. The organizing committee is a collective of individuals from The Student Success Centre, Public Humanities at Western and Communications and Public Affairs who are dedicated to strengthening, building and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships between Western and London/Middlesex.