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Creating Community-Campus Partnerships: An Idea Exchange

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David Braley Health Sciences Centre, McMaster University

100 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6

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The Community-Campus Idea Exchange is a space for McMaster and our community partners to share ideas and develop actions related to community-campus partnerships. Alongside a community-campus marketplace that will showcase both project outcomes and upcoming initiatives, the Idea Exchange will include workshops focused on topics of mutual interest.

Goals

  • Knowledge Sharing: Community and campus partners will share their ideas and work as it relates to community-engaged research, education, and service.

  • Networking: Participants will connect and build relationships.

  • Inspiring Action: Attendees will have action-oriented conversations on major topics or projects that will be moving forward over 2017-2018.

Agenda

  • Registration, Arrival, and Community Marketplace (2:30-3:00): Guests will be encouraged to arrive early to take in the various projects and organizations featured in the community marketplace. Please see below for information on how you can participate in the community marketplace.

  • Welcome (3:00-3:15): A very brief welcome and overview of the Idea Exchange agenda.

  • Showcase Workshop: Transforming Stories, Driving Change (3:15-4:45): The Transforming Stories, Driving Change research project will present two short performances developed as part of a pilot project to explore the use of community-engaged theatre as a way of exploring and intervening in the narratives that circulate about life in Hamilton. This performance is generously supported by the Hambro Fund of the Hamilton Community Fondation. Please scroll down for more details on this performance.

  • Break & Marketplace (4:45-5:15): Food and refreshments will be provided and the marketplace will remain open so that people can network and connect on ideas.

  • Workshops Round 2: (5:15-6:45): These sessions will be oriented towards specific projects or initiatives that are moving forward over 2017-2018 and have an opportunity for people to get involved in more detail. Workshops include:

    • Developing an Access Strategy: This session will bring together partners from multiple organizations and educational institutions to develop ideas and actions to work towards an access strategy for McMaster.
    • Launching the Hamilton Social Lab: Reflecting themes that were co-developed by McMaster & our community partners, this session will launch multiple theme-focused labs that will bring together community and campus partners to develop ideas to respond to some of the big issues facing our community.
    • United Way Halton & Hamilton Strategic Focus Areas: This session will be led by the United Way, and will share United Way Halton & Hamilton's new areas of focus, seeking input and developing ideas for addressing them
  • Wrap-up (6:45-7:00): Summary of workshops, plans for 2017/18, and closing remarks.

Showcase Workshop: TRANSFORMING STORIES, DRIVING CHANGE

The Transforming Stories, Driving Change research project will present two short performances at the Community-Campus Idea Exchange, with the generous support of the Hambro Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation:

  • We Need to Talk, developed with participant-performers recruited from the Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative Advisory board, demonstrates the challenges Hamilton residents face in trying to access help from social service and charitable agencies, and the effects this has on their well-being.
  • All of Us Together developed with participant-performers recruited from Speak Now, the Speakers’ Bureau of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, explores what Hamilton might look like if people came together to help each other address social concerns.

These performances were developed as part of a pilot project to explore the use of community-engaged theatre as a way of exploring and intervening in the narratives that circulate about life in Hamilton. A key aim of the Transforming Stories, Driving Change project is to foreground narratives from groups whose voices are often marginalized in order to expose and counter the powerful but informal social and cultural norms that devalue the contributions of some social groups in public debate.

We work to fictionalize and collectivize individual narratives of lived experience in ways that ask audiences to imagine what change might look like from the point of view of those whose voices are rarely considered in public discourse. Our goal is to identify the cultural conditions that shape ways in which these narratives are both told and understood and so to contribute to a better understanding of how arts-informed techniques can contribute to social change.

The Transforming Stories, Driving Change project has recently received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to expand this project by developing partnerships with a multidisciplinary group of McMaster researchers, the Good Shepherd Centres, the Social Research and Planning Council of Hamilton, and the Neighbourhood Initiatives program of the Hamilton Community Foundation.

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CALL FOR COMMUNITY MARKETPLACE PROJECTS & INITIATIVES

Do you have a community engagement project or initiative that you would like to share at the Idea Exchange? The Office of Community Engagement will be providing tables for the community marketplace for both community and McMaster partners who would like to share their work and/or opportunities for those looking for future community-campus collaborations.

We are specifically seeking research, education, or service projects and initiatives that are locally-based (greater Hamilton) and align in some way with McMaster's community engagement priority areas of Poverty & Inclusion, Economic Development, Healthy Spaces & Communities, and Access & Knowledge Sharing.

SUBMIT BY FRIDAY MAY 26: Please send an email to community@mcmaster.ca by Friday May 26 with a short description of the following:

  • Title: What is your project or initiative title?

  • Organization or Unit: What area of the community or University are you coming from?

  • Project Status: Are you sharing a completed project, a project that is underway, or a project that is just beginning?

  • Project or initiative description: Please describe in 50 words or less what you will be sharing at your table.

  • Area of Alignment: Please identify which of 4 themes your project aligns with.

  • Opportunities for involvement: Are you seeking community or University partners? If so, what opportunities are there for involvement? Please be as specific as possible.

  • Website link: If you have a website, please provide it here.

  • Contact information: Please list the contact name, email, phone number for your project.

  • Social media accounts: If applicable.

We will do our best to ensure all projects & initiatives are provided a space at the marketplace, though if any decisions need to be made based on a lack of space, those projects and initiatives that are in alignment with the goals of the Idea Exchange will be prioritized.

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