Faculty Events & Workshops

The Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP) hosts a variety of faculty programs and events that bring together instructors who teach, or are interested in teaching, community-engaged learning (CEL) courses. In partnership with the Centre for Research and Innovation Support (CRIS), the CCP also offers programs and events for faculty involved in community-engaged research (CER). 

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Community-Engaged Learning Faculty Community of Practice

Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) Faculty Community of Practice: Disrupting the Grade

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 11:10 am – 12:00 pm  ET (online)

We invite you to a conversation on disrupting ‘the grade’ in a CEL course. Join other faculty to discuss the tensions and complexities of grading in community-engaged learning courses.
 
Facilitated by Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, Professor, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE & Michael Classens, Assistant Professor, School of the Environment.

Community-Engaged Learning Partnership Roundtable

Community-Engaged Learning Partnership Roundtable: What Your Community Partners Want You to Know

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET (online)

Join us for a roundtable discussion where representatives from three nonprofit organizations will share their expertise about the nonprofit sector and offer recommendations to university staff and faculty about how to center reciprocity and community-identified priorities in community-engaged learning (CEL) initiatives. Community partners will share the benefits and challenges of CEL for their organizations and offer valuable insights and guidance on how to prepare students for CEL placements to ensure positive and impactful partnerships.  
 
Moderated by: 
Ewa Cerda-Llanos, Lead Coordinator, Co-curricular Learning, Centre for Community Partnerships 

Panelists: 
Alex Dow, Director, Community Initiatives & Partnerships, United Way Greater Toronto 
Sahar Ghafouri, Senior Director, Operations, North York Harvest Food Bank
Sahar Vermezyari, Director, East Scarborough Storefront 

Community-Engaged Research Faculty Discussion Club

This series, in collaboration with the Centre for Research and Innovation Support, is for faculty with an interest in deepening their understanding and practice of community-engaged research (CER). Participants will have the opportunity to connect with, and learn together from, colleagues and their community partners. Sessions will highlight both theoretical and practical considerations from a variety of perspectives with an aim to strengthen our collaborative approaches to research.

Formalizing the Relationship in Community-Engaged Research: Key Relationship Building Activities & Challenges 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 10:00 am – 12:45 pm ET (in person)

The third session in this series will focus on key relationship building activities and potential challenges during the formalization stage of partnership building in community-engaged research. Using real world case studies, guest panelists will share examples from their own experiences of key relationship building activities that helped to strengthen the research partnership, as well as potential pitfalls to be aware of and strategies to reduce challenges. 
 
Moderated by Barbara Fallon, Associate Vice-President, Research, Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Sustaining & Growing the Relationship in Community-Engaged Research: Opportunities & Pitfalls

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 10:00 am – 12:45 pm ET (in person)

The fourth session in this series will focus on how to sustain and grow the research relationship over the course of the community-engaged research initiative, and beyond. Using case studies from their own practice, guest panelists will share their reflections and lessons learned on the opportunities sustain and grow the research relationship over the project lifecycle and into new phases, as well as highlight potential pitfalls to be aware of. Guest panelists will offer their reflections on promoting partner participation over time, balancing different demands on academic and non-academic partners, continuing to foster trust and mutual respect as projects close and, identifying opportunities for future collaborations. 
 
Moderated by Barbara Fallon, Associate Vice-President, Research, Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Community Engaged Learning Course Development Workshop

CEL Course Development Workshop 2: Designing a Successful CEL Course 

Thursday, February 8, 2024, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET (in-person, UTM)

In this second workshop we focus on the three ‘Ps’ of CEL course development: pedagogy, partnerships and student preparation. Focusing on the three ‘Ps’, the workshop will: 1) provide you with some practical strategies for designing and running a CEL course; 2) provide you space and time to work on a syllabus you are designing or redesigning for a CEL course you are creating.
 
Note: These will be participatory workshops where attendees will be invited to do some free-writing and some breakout group discussions.  

CEL Course Development Workshop 3: Respectful and Reciprocal Community Partner Stewardship 

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (in-person, UTM) 
Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (in-person, UTSC)

In this third workshop of the CEL course development workshop series, we focus on working respectfully and equitably with partners from community, grassroots, nonprofit, or public organizations. The workshop will provide practical strategies for, and space and time to discuss and reflect on, stewarding partnerships in respectful and reciprocal ways.
 
Note: These will be participatory workshops where attendees will be invited to do some free-writing and some breakout group discussions.