Upcycle Kitchen: a Creative Approach to Food Waste Reduction in Guelph

What happens to all the ugly fruits and vegetables? The sad reality of the Canadian food industry is that we waste $31 billion in food annually, often times because products don’t live up to the cosmetic standards of grocery stores. This food waste has negative economic, ethical, and environmental outcomes and is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. So, what can you do with malformed but still fresh food? There are many things you can make with ugly produce – tomato sauce, canned fruit, soup and dip mixes – the possibilities are endless!

The Impact Factor: Sharing a Black Past

Impact is at the core of the partnership between the Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) and the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI). What started out as a targeted collaboration for an on-campus project spread like wildfire, initiating a web of activities and relationships that are sparking social change.

Hiring graduate students for immigration research: Apply by February 19

CESI and the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership are seeking one or two graduate students with excellent research and writing skills for 5-week part-time (around 10 hours per week) work opportunities. Students will conduct qualitative research on the services provided to international students to help them transition to permanent residents. Tasks might include literature reviews and scans of existing programs and services, stakeholder interviews, data analysis and report writing.

Negotiating the boundaries of an urban classroom: experiences in engaged learning

Melissa Tanti, Coordinator of Community Engaged Learning with CESI, recently published Creating a contact zone: Negotiating the boundaries of an urban classroom. In this co-authored journal article, she reflects on her experience teaching a community engaged learning course in humanities at Ryerson. She raises critical questions about the role of instructors, and describes her efforts to foster students' self-development by anchoring their learning in community engagement.

Hiring graduate students for the Civic Accelerator: Apply by Jan.21st

The Guelph Lab is seeking three graduate students with excellent writing and qualitative research skills for 5-week part-time (10-20 hours per week) work opportunities. Students will work as part of the Civic Accelerator, an award-winning program that uses local government procurement to drive innovation, in order to scope potential projects, conduct literature scans and interviews, and prepare short descriptions o

Upcycle Kitchen receives 2 prizes at CBaSE pitch competition

Congratulations! The Hub Sandbox took home two awards at the CBaSE Hub Startup pitch competition on Wednesday, December 5.

The Hub Sandbox is an entrepreneurship program for students supported by CESI in collaboration with the Center for Business and Social Entreprise (CBaSE). The Hub brings together community engagement and social entrepreneurship best practices to address community-identified needs.

Watch CESI's performance for United Way!

CESI's in-house garage band performed in the University's talent show College Idol, on October 31!

We pulled together our musical skills and enthusiasm and worked hard over the Fall to get ready to introduce Mixed Methods to the world. Take a look at the final result: watch our College Idol performance here.

Call for Photos: Engaged Learning at the UofG

Are you currently participating in community engaged learning at the UofG? You’re involved in a community-engaged learning course, conduct community-based research, or do a practicum in the community?

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