Community Engaged Scholarship: Addressing the Complexity of the Work

Community Engaged Scholarship: Addressing the Complexity of the Work

On February 11th, 2015, at the University of Guelph, CESI hosted their annual event on community-engaged scholarship. There were over 40 participants who attended from various departments at the University of Guelph. This was a full day event starting with two panel discussions, followed by two workshops.

Panel 1: Leading Complex Partnerships - Challenges and Successes in Local Engagement

The first panel explored three local community-university partnerships and gave time for the partners to share their experiences. The three partnerships were from the Wellington Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence First Response Protocol Evaluation, the Waste Management Project, and Toward Common Ground. Panelists included:

Wellington Sexual Assualt and Domestic Violence First Response Protocol Evaluation

  • Sly Castaldi, Executive Director, Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis
  • Mavis Morton, Assoc. Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Waste Management Project

  • Vivian DeGiovanni, Supervisor of Program Development, Waste Resource Division, City of Guelph
  • Kate Parizeau, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Toward Common Ground: multiple projects

  • Sarah Haanstra, Coordinator, Toward Common Ground
  • Linda Hawkins, Director, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship

Panel 2: Complexity in the Work

The second panel focused on research tensions in community-engaged scholarship. Both the panels created lively discussions about the challenges and triumphs of community-engaged scholarship. The panels drew attention to the rich, ongoing partnerships which happen between the university and the community. Panelists included:

After the panels, participants joined together in workshops to explore mechanisms supporting the implementation of complex and large-scale projects.

Workshop 1: Structuring complex partnered research projects and proposals

The first workshop, “Structuring complex partnered research projects and proposals”, had experienced facilitators who lead participants to explore the topics of project generation, roles, governance structures, conflict agreements, and authorships. This workshop was facilitated by Belinda Leach, and panelists inluded:

For more information, view the structuring complex partnered research projects and proposals presentation.

Workshop 2: Structuring short term, classroom, and thesis partnered research projects

In the second workshop, participants shared their experiences leading short-term partnered research projects. This workshop focused on project generation, managing expectations, ethics procedures, and agreements. All attendees were encouraged to participate in the workshops with their own community-engaged projects. This helped attendees develop their projects with the help of expert facilitators and presenters. This workshop was facilitated by Mavis Morton, and panelists included:

  • Sandra Auld, Director of Research Ethics, University of Guelph
  • Lindsey Thomson, Community Engaged Learning Manager, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship
  • Jeji Varghese, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology
  • Melanie Lang, Director, Centre for Business and Social Entrepreneurship

For more information, view the structuring short term, classroom, and thesis partnered research projects presentation.

 

 

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